Cyber Security for Beginners with Career Program


    Pay over 1 year at £91.25 per month


    If you’ve ever considered working within the cyber security industry, but felt you lacked the knowledge or skills to launch your career, this might be what you’re looking for. This course is aimed at absolute beginners to IT who want to start a career in cyber security or just develop their skills in this area. The course assumes you have no technical knowledge of IT whatsoever. To understand cyber security and practice it at a technical level, you must first possess an understanding of basic IT literacy as well as certain technologies such as computer systems and networks, which you will be taught through this course.

    This course is designed to gradually build your knowledge and confidence to sit the final certification exam: the CompTIA Security+. Of all the certifications you will gain in this course, the CompTIA Security+ is by far the most prestigious. It is held in high regard within the IT security industry across the globe.

    From the beginning, we teach you about basic IT literacy, basic software features and functions, basic networking, operating systems, and basic security threats. From there, the course steps up a notch exploring these areas in more depth. As you progress through the various stages, your knowledge of the systems based around cyber security will gradually begin to develop. Upon completion of the course, you will exit with a series of globally respected certifications and a deeper knowledge of cyber security concepts. You will also possess a set of cyber security skills you can apply to a vast range of cyber security job roles.

    An example of the CompTIA Security+ certification you can gain through this course.


    The course is comprised of six separate courses in total. Three of which are skills based only with no exam, and three certification courses with a final exam after each course. The final course being the CompTIA Security+. Two of the non-certification courses provide a soft introduction to modern day cyber security practices. These course titles include Cyber Security Awareness and Prevention; and Data Security Compliance. The skills and certifications that you gain through this course will offer you scope to work in other areas aside from cyber security. These include IT support, networking, systems administration, and data compliance.

    Learn what the CompTIA Security+ can do for your career.



    Course Features


       Video Learning

    Access to video based online learning material. Tutors use diagrams and illustrations to teach the classes, as well as giving demonstrations of equipment. Lessons are pre-recorded allowing you to  fast-forward, rewind and pause at any time throughout the lessons. Videos can be viewed on different devices including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, and smart phone.

      Accessible from Anywhere

    Your course can be done from any where in the world. If you decide to move to a different city or even country, you can continue with the course from wherever you are. All you need is a device such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, and an internet connection.

       Live Practice Labs

    Access live practice labs, allowing you to put your course skills to the test in a live simulated environment. For instance, learn how to setup a firewall to protect a network from cyber attacks. The live labs have two functions: 1. guided exercises, instructing you to carry out tasks; 2. sand box environment, allowing you to play with the online equipment to test out your skills. Click here to learn more about the live labs.

      MeasureUP Practice Tests

    Before you sit an exam, you will be given access to a MeasureUP practice test. These tests have two modes: 1. practice-mode, allowing you learn the questions and answers with resources included; 2. certification mode, allowing you to test yourself with a limited time and without the answers. These tests are the closest experience to the real exams. MeasureUP have been the gold standard in exam preparation for over 20 years.

      Exam Fees Paid

    Your course comes with official CompTIA exam vouchers. This means all exam fees are fully paid. Exams must be taken at your local testing center. There are testing centers all over the country and across the globe. For most people, their nearest test center is less than 30 miles from their home or office. We will locate your nearest testing center.

       CompTIA Certifications

    Upon passing your exams, you will receive three certifications from CompTIA: the A+, Network+, and Security+. These certifications are globally recognised, meaning you can work any where in the world with them. CompTIA certifications are held in high regard by IT employers and IT recruiters. Click here to view salary and employment information.

      Career Program

    As part of your course, you will get access to our Career Program to help you into work upon completion of your course. The Career Program includes: cover letter and CV preparation, Linkedin account creation, full career assessment, employment case management, active job search, short-listing for job roles, coordination with employers to secure employment opportunities, completion of application forms for IT roles, and interview planning and preparation. Click here to learn more about the Career Program.

      Spread the cost

    Spread your course payments over 12 monthly installments through Knoma. There’s no interest or charges. Just one easy online application to complete. You’ll get an instant decision.


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    Course Syllabus

    1. CompTIA IT Fundamentals FC0-U61 (NO EXAM)

    IT Concepts and Terminology

    Understand the basics of computing
    Understand basic terminology
    Comprehend notational systems
    Explain the value of data and troubleshooting


    Setting up and installing common peripheral devices

    Applications and Software

    Manage applications software
    Understand various components of an operating system
    Explain the purpose of methods of application architecture

    Software Development

    Comprehend programming language categories
    Interpret logic
    Understand the purpose of programming concepts

    Database Fundamentals

    Explain database concepts
    Explain structures
    Explain purpose
    Understand methods used to interface


    Understand confidentiality
    Understand integrity
    Understand availability concerns of secure devices
    Understand best practice methods of secure devices

    2. CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 1002 (2 EXAMS INCLUDED)

    CompTIA A+ 220-1001

    Mobile Devices
    • 1.0 What are we covering?
    • 1.1 Given a scenario, install and configure laptop hardware and components
    • 1.2 Given a scenario, install components within the display of a laptop
    • 1.3 Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features
    • 1.4 Compare and contrast characteristics of various types of other mobile devices
    • 1.5 Given a scenario, connect and configure accessories and ports of other mobile devices
    • 1.6 Given a scenario, configure basic mobile device network connectivity and application support
    • 1.7 Given a scenario, use methods to perform mobile device synchronization
    • 2.0 What are we covering?
    • 2.1 Compare and contrast TCP and UDP ports, protocols and their purpose
    • 2.2 Compare and contrast common networking hardware devices
    • 2.3 Given a scenario, install and configure a basic wired/wireless SOHO network
    • 2.4 Compare and contrast wireless networking protocols
    • 2.5 Summarize the properties and purposes of services provided by networked hosts
    • 2.6 Explain common network configuration concepts
    • 2.7 Compare and contrast internet connection types, network types and their features
    • 2.8 Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools
    • 3.0 What are we covering?
    • 3.1 Explain basic cable types, features and their purposes
    • 3.2 Identify common connector types
    • 3.3 Given a scenario, install RAM types
    • 3.4 Given a scenario, select, install and configure storage devices
    • 3.5 Given a scenario, install and configure motherboards, CPUs and add-on cards
    • 3.6 Explain the purposes and uses of various peripheral types
    • 3.7 Summarize power supply types and features
    • 3.8 Given a scenario, select and configure appropriate components for a custom PC configuration to meet customer specifications/needs
    • 3.9 Given a scenario, install and configure common devices
    • 3.10 Given a scenario, configure SOHO multifunction devices/printers and settings
    • 3.11 Given a scenario, install and maintain various print technologies
    Virtualization and Cloud Computing
    • 4.1 Compare and contrast cloud computing concepts
    • 4.2 Given a scenario, set up and configure client-side virtualization
    Hardware and Network Troubleshooting
    • 5.0 What are we covering?
    • 5.1 Given a scenario, use the best practice methodology to resolve problems
    • 5.2 Given a scenario, troubleshoot problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPUs and power
    • 5.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays
    • 5.4 Given a scenario, troubleshoot video, projector and display issues
    • 5.5 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile device issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures
    • 5.6 Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers
    • 5.7 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wires and wireless network problems

    CompTIA A+ 220-1002

    Operating Systems
    • 1.1 Compare and contrast common operating system types and their purposes
    • 1.2 Compare and contrast features of Microsoft Windows versions
    • 1.3 Summarize general OS installation considerations and upgrade methods
    • 1.4 Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft command line tools
    • 1.5 Given a scenario, use Microsoft operating system features and tools
    • 1.6 Given a scenario, use Microsoft Windows Control Panel utilities
    • 1.7 Summarize application installation and configuration concepts
    • 1.8 Given a scenario, configure Microsoft Windows networking on a client/desktop
    • 1.9 Given a scenario, use features and tools of the Mac OS and Linux client/desktop operating systems
    • 2.1 Summarize the importance of physical security measures
    • 2.2 Explain logical security concepts
    • 2.3 Compare and contrast wireless security protocols and authentication methods
    • 2.4 Given a scenario, detect, remove, and prevent malware using appropriate tools and methods
    • 2.5 Compare and contrast social engineering, threats, and vulnerabilities
    • 2.6 Compare and contrast the differences of basic Microsoft Windows OS security settings
    • 2.7 Given a scenario, implement security best practices to secure a workstation
    • 2.8 Given a scenario, implement methods for securing mobile devices
    • 2.9 Given a scenario, implement appropriate data destruction and disposal methods
    • 2.10 Given a scenario, configure security on SOHO wireless and wired networks
    Software Troubleshooting
    • 3.1 Given a scenario, troubleshoot Microsoft Windows OS problems
    • 3.2 Given a scenario, troubleshoot and resolve PC security issues
    • 3.3 Given a scenario, use best practice procedures for malware removal
    • 3.4 Given a scenario, troubleshoot mobile OS and application issues
    • 3.5 Given a scenario, troubleshoot mobile OS and application security issues
    Operational Procedures
    • 4.1 Compare and contrast best practices associated with types of documentation
    • 4.2 Given a scenario, implement basic change management best practices
    • 4.3 Given a scenario, implement basic disaster prevention and recovery methods
    • 4.4 Explain common safety procedures
    • 4.5 Explain environmental impacts and appropriate controls
    • 4.6 Explain the processes for addressing prohibited content/activity, and privacy, licensing, and policy concepts
    • 4.7 Given a scenario, use proper communication techniques and professionalism
    • 4.8 Identify the basics of scripting

    3. Cyber Security Awareness and Prevention (NO EXAM)
    Introduction to Cyber Security Awareness
    Managing Mobile Device Security
    4. Data Security Compliance (NO EXAM)
    Data Breaches And ID Theft
    Device Security Basics
    Avoiding Inadvertent Disclosure
    Physical And Technical Safeguards
    5. CompTIA Network+ N10-007 (1 EXAM)

    Module 1: Networking Concepts

    1.1 Basic Networking
    • Intro to networking
    • Networking architectures
    • Activity: Basic Networking
    1.2 OSI Model
    • Layer 7 – Application
    • Layer 6 – Presentation
    • Layer 5 – Session
    • Layer 4 – Transport
    • Layer 3 – Network
    • Layer 2 – Data Link
    • Layer 1 – Physical
    • Activity: Exploring the OSI Model
    1.3 Protocols and Ports
    • Protocols and ports overview
    • Activity: Examining Protocols and Ports
    • Connection-oriented vs. connectionless
    • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
    • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
    • Activity: Comparing TCP and UDP
    • Internet Protocol (IP)
    • Internet Control Messaging Protocol (ICMP)
    • Internet Group Messaging Protocol (IGMP)
    • Activity: Examining the Lower Layer Protocols
    • Layer 7 Remote Control Protocols
    • Layer 7 File Transfer Protocols
    • Layer 7 Messaging Protocols
    • Activity: Examining Messaging Protocols
    • Layer 7 Web Traffic Protocols
    • Layer 7 Streaming Media Protocols
    • Layer 7 Infrastructure Management Protocols
    1.4 Switching
    • Properties of Network Traffic
    • Contention Management
    • Activity: Creating Collision and Broadcast Domains
    • Interface Properties and Segmentation
    • Activity: Creating a Basic Network Segment
    • Switching prt 2
    • Activity: Switching
    • Switching Loop Management
    • Activity: Managing Switching Loops
    • VLANs
    • Activity: Creating VLANs
    1.5 Routing
    • ARP
    • Activity: Examining ARP
    • IP Addressing Basics
    • Activity: Configuring IP
    • Routers
    • Activity: Setting Up a Router
    • Routing Basics
    • Activity Adding Static Routes
    • VLAN Routing
    • Activity: Routing Between VLANs
    • NAT/PAT
    • Activity: Configuring NAT/PAT
    • Routing Protocols
    • Activity Configuring a Routing Protocol
    • Firewalls
    • Activity: Configuring Firewalls
    1.6 Advanced Switching and Routing Concepts
    • IPv6 Concepts
    • Activity: Exploring IPv6
    • Performance Concepts
    • Distributed Switching
    • Software-defined Networking
    1.7 IP Addressing
    • Public vs. Private
    • Loopback and Reserved
    • Subnet Mask
    • Default Gateway
    • Virtual IP
    • Subnetting
    • Activity: Learning to Subnet
    • Address Assignments
    1.8 Network Types and Topologies
    • Wired Topologies
    • Wireless Topologies
    • Network Types
    • Technologies that Facilitate the Internet Of Things (IoT)
    1.9 Wireless Technologies
    • Radio Basics
    • 802.11 Standards
    • Wi-Fi Frequencies
    • Wi-Fi Antenna Concepts
    • Bluetooth
    • Cellular
    • Site Surveys
    • Activity: Using an RF Spectrum Analyzer
    1.10 Cloud Concepts
    • Types of Services
    • Cloud Delivery Models
    • Security Implications/Considerations
    • Activity: Exploring Cloud Services
    1.11 Network Services
    • DNS Service
    • Activity: Setting up DNS
    • DHCP Service
    • Activity: Setting Up DHCP
    • NTP
    • IPAM

    Module 2 – Infrastructure

    2.1 Cabling Solutions
    • Media Types
    • Activity: Testing a Fiber Optic Cable
    • Plenum vs.PVC
    • Connector Types
    • Activity: Crimping on an RJ-45 Connector
    • Transceivers
    • Termination Points
    • Activity: Terminating Cable to a 110 Block
    • Copper Cable Standards
    • Copper Termination Standards
    • Activity: Creating a Crossover Cable
    • Ethernet Deployment Standards
    2.2 Network Device Placement and Installation
    • Network Interface
    • Repeater
    • Hub
    • Bridge
    • Switch
    • Router
    • Modem
    • Wireless Access Point
    • Activity Setting up a WAP
    • Firewall
    • Media Converter
    • Wireless Range Extender
    • VoIP Endpoint
    2.3 Advanced Network Devices
    • Multilayer Switch
    • Wireless Controller
    • Load Balancer
    • IDS/IPS
    • Proxy Server
    • Activity Configuring Proxy Settings
    • VPN Concentrator
    • AAA/RADIUS Server
    • UTM Appliance
    • NGFW/Layer 7 Firewall
    • VoIP PBX
    • VoIP Gateway
    • Content Filter
    2.4 Virtualization and Network Storage Technologies
    • Virtual Networking Components
    • Network Storage Types
    • Connection Types
    • Jumbo Frames
    2.5 WAN Technologies
    • Service Types
    • Transmission Mediums
    • Characteristics of Service
    • Activity Configuring WAN Links
    • Termination

    Module 3 – Network Operations

    3.1 Documentation
    • Diagram Symbols
    • Standard Operating Procedures/Work Instructions
    • Logical vs. Physical Diagrams
    • Rack Diagrams
    • Change Management Documentation
    • Wiring and Port Locations
    • IDF/MDF Documentation
    • Labeling
    • Network Configuration and Performance Baselines
    • Inventory Management
    • Activity Using Documentation
    3.2 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    • Availability Concepts
    • Recovery
    • Activity Backing Up Your Data
    • MTTR
    • MTBF
    • SLA Requirements
    3.3 Scanning, Monitoring, and Patching
    • Processes
    • Event Management
    • SNMP Monitors
    • Metrics
    • Activity: Testing the Network
    3.4 Remote Access Methods
    • VPN
    • RDP
    • SSH
    • VNC
    • Telnet
    • HTTPS/Management URL
    • Remote File Access
    • Out-of-Band Management
    • Activity: Making Remote Connections
    3.5 Policies and Best Practices
    • Privileged User Agreement
    • Password Policy
    • On-boarding/Off-boarding Procedures
    • Licensing Restrictions
    • International Export Controls
    • Data Loss Prevention
    • Remote Access Policies
    • Incident Response Policies
    • BYOD
    • AUP
    • NDA
    • System Life Cycle
    • Safety Procedures And Policies
    • Activity: Creating Policies and Procedures

    Module 4 – Network Security

    4.1 Physical Security Devices
    • Detection
    • Prevention
    4.2 Authentication and Access Control
    • Authorization, Authentication, and Accounting
    • Multifactor Authentication
    • Access Control
    • Activity: Examining Access Control Mechanisms
    4.3 Basic Wireless Network Security
    • WPA
    • WPA2
    • TKIP-RC4
    • CCMP-AES
    • Authentication and Authorization
    • Geofencing
    • Activity: Demonstrating the Need for Wireless Security
    4.4 Common Network Attacks
    • DoS
    • Social Engineering
    • Insider Threat
    • Logic Bomb
    • Rogue Access Point
    • Evil Twin
    • War-driving
    • Phishing
    • Ransomware
    • DNS Poisoning
    • ARP Poisoning
    • Spoofing
    • Deauthentication
    • Brute Force
    • VLAN Hopping
    • Man-in-the-Middle
    • Exploits vs. Vulnerabilities
    • Activity Conducting a Phishing Attack
    4.5 Network Device Hardening
    • Changing Default Credentials
    • Avoiding Common Passwords
    • File Hashing
    • Generating New Keys
    • Activity Supporting Secure Authentication and Encryption
    • Upgrading Firmware
    • Patching and Updates
    • Disabling Unnecessary Services
    • Using Secure Protocols
    • Disabling Unused Ports
    4.6 Common Mitigation Techniques
    • Signature Management
    • Device Hardening
    • Change Native VLAN
    • Switchport Protection
    • Network Segmentation
    • Privileged User Account
    • File Integrity Monitoring
    • Role Separation
    • Restricting Access Via ACLs
    • Honeypot/Honeynet
    • Penetration Testing
    • Activity: Implementing a Honeypot

    Module – Network Troubleshooting and Tools

    5.1 Network Troubleshooting Methodology
    • Identify the Problem
    • Establish a Theory of Probable Cause
    • Test the Theory to Determine the Cause
    • Establish a Plan of Action to Resolve the Problem and Identify Potential Effects
    • Implement the Solution or Escalate as Necessary
    • Verify Full System Functionality and , if Applicable, Implement Preventive Measures
    • Document Findings, Actions, and Outcomes
    5.2 Using the Appropriate Tool
    • Hardware Tools – Basic Hand Held
    • Hardware Tools – Analyzers
    • Activity: Troubleshooting with Hardware Tools
    • Software Tools – Testers and Analyzers
    • Activity: Troubleshooting with Software Tools
    • Software Tools – Command Line
    • Activity: Using Command Line Tools
    5.3 Troubleshoot Wired Connectivity and Performance
    • Signal Issues:
    o Attenuation
    o Latency
    o Jitter
    o Crosstalk
    o EMI
    • Activity Troubleshooting Signal Problems
    • Physical Issues:
    o Open/short
    o Incorrect pin-out
    o Incorrect Cable Type
    o Bad Port
    o Damaged cable
    o Bent pins
    • Transceiver Issues:
    o Transceiver mismatch
    o TX/RX reverse
    o Duplex/speed mismatch
    • Activity: Troubleshooting Transceiver Problems
    • Traffic Flow Issues:
    o Bottleneck
    o VLAN mismatch
    o Network connection LED status indicators
    5.4 Troubleshoot Wireless Connectivity and Performance
    • Signal Loss:
    o Attenuation
    o Reflection
    o Refraction
    o Absorption
    • Latency & Jitter
    • Antenna Issues:
    o Incorrect antenna type
    o Incorrect antenna placement
    • Incorrect WAP type
    • WAP Issues:
    o Interference
    o Channel overlap
    o Overcapacity
    o Distance limitations
    o Frequency mismatch
    o Power levels
    o Signal-to-noise ratio
    • WAP Misconfiguration:
    o Wrong SSID
    o Wrong passphrase
    o Security type mismatch
    • Activity Troubleshooting WAP Issues
    5.5 Troubleshoot Common Network Service Issues
    • Common Network Issues:
    o Physical Connectivity
    o Incorrect IP Address
    o Incorrect Gateway
    o Incorrect Netmask
    o Names Not Resolving
    o Untrusted SSL Certificate
    • DHCP Issues:
    o Duplicate IP Addresses
    o Expired IP Address
    o Rogue DHCP
    o Exhausted DHCP Scope
    • Firewall/ACL Issues:
    o Blocked TCP/UDP Ports
    o Incorrect Host-based Firewall Settings
    o Incorrect ACL Settings
    • Advanced Network Issues:
    o DNS Server Issues
    o Duplicate MAC Addresses
    o Incorrect Time
    • Unresponsive Service
    • Hardware Failure
    • Activity Case Study: Troubleshooting an Unusual Network Issue

    6. CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 (1 EXAM)
    • Compare and contrast different types of social engineering techniques
    • analyze potential indicators to determine the type of attack
    • Analyze potential indicators associated with application attacks
    • Analyze potential indicators associated with network attacks
    • Explain different threat actors, vectors, and intelligence sources
    • Explain the security concerns associated with various types of vulnerabilities
    • Summarize the techniques used in security assessments
    • Explain the techniques used in penetration testing
    • Explain the importance of security concepts in an enterprise environment
    • Summarize virtualization and cloud computing concepts
    • Summarize secure application development, deployment, and automation concepts
    • Summarize authentication and authorization design concepts
    • Implement cybersecurity resilience
    • Explain the security implications of embedded and specialized systems
    • Explain the importance of physical security controls
    • Summarize the basics of cryptographic concepts
    • Implement secure protocols
    • Implement host or application security solutions
    • Implement secure network designs
    • Install and configure wireless security settings
    • Implement secure mobile solutions
    • Apply cybersecurity solutions to the cloud
    • Implement identity and account management controls
    • Implement authentication and authorization solutions
    • Implement public key infrastructure
    • Use the appropriate tool to assess organizational security
    • Summarize the importance of policies, processes, and procedures for incident response
    • Utilize appropriate data sources to support an investigation
    • Apply mitigation techniques or controls to secure an environment
    • Explain the key aspects of digital forensics
    • Compare and contrast various types of controls
    • Explain the importance of applicable regulations, standards, or frameworks that impact organizational security posture
    • Explain the importance of policies to organizational security
    • Summarize risk management processes and concepts
    • Explain privacy and sensitive data concepts in relation to security.

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    MeasureUP practice tests included

    As part of this course, you will get access to MeasureUP practice tests to help prepare you for your exams. MeasureUP practice tests are endorsed by a range of certification bodies such as CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco.


    Features of MeasureUP practice tests:


    • Questions are similar to exam questions, allowing you to test your knowledge of exam objectives
    • Detailed explanations for both correct and distractor answers reinforce the material
    • ‘Practice Mode’ covers all objectives ensuring topics are covered
    • ‘Certification Mode’ (timed) prepares students for exam taking conditions
    • Instant, drill-down score reports tell you exactly the areas to focus on


    Watch this video to learn more about MeasureUP practice tests.

    Potential future career paths


    • Cyber Security Engineer
    • Cyber Security Analyst
    • Cyber Security Investigator
    • Cyber Threat Analyst
    • Cyber Threat Consultant
    • IT Security Specialist
    • IT Security Consultant
    • IT Support Technician
    • Network Engineer
    • Network Consultant
    • Data Centre Manager
    • IT Manager
    • IT Sales Account Manager
    • IT Consultant
    • Systems Administrator

    How long do I have to complete the course?


    You have 12 months to complete the courses and take the exams.


    Watch this video to learn more about CompTIA certifications.

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