Business Cyber Security


This course is designed to develop the fundamental knowledge and practical skills for learners to undertake a simple security risk assessment for an IT-based system. Participants will learn how to use this knowledge to be able to create guidelines to identify problems and find a suitable resolution. It will also address topics of risk assessment and security models. 

Course overview

Business Cyber Security: Introduction and overview

Week 1 - Introduction and overview

Week 2 - Identifying business security risks

Week 3 - Proposing solutions to company security risks

Security, policy, and risk ratings

Week 4 - Security risk ratings

Week 5 - Common practice in defending systems

Week 6 - Security policies

Security: Tools, techniques, and models used to protect computer systems

Week 7 - Security models and security mechanisms

Week 8 - Access control approaches

Week 9 - Tools and techniques used by defence to protect computer systems

Malicious code: viruses, worms, and trojan horses

Week 10 - Malicious code: viruses, worms, trojan horses

Week 11 - Assessment surgery

Week 12 - Assessment surgery


Course aims

The learner will understand terms, such as threat actors, assets, risk assessment, evaluation and implementation, security policies and best practise for an SME. 



  • Improve security awareness
  • Improve security policies
  • Improve risk assessment and mitigation
  • Improve the reputation of the business
  • Help to improve or create a safer working environment for employees
  • Could help the learner get a job or progress in their current career, demonstrating CPD
  • Learner will be more desirable when applying for a job
  • The skills and knowledge gained will be transferable across disciplines



After completing this course, you will receive 20 free credits which can then be used for future learning.



The Staffordshire Higher Skills and Engagement Pathways programme is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Delivery method
Blended learning

This course is 12 weeks long, with each unit lasting 3 weeks. 

Start date

Coming soon

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts
Certificate of Attendance

Entry requirements

This training course is exclusively available to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire based businesses with a maximum of 250 employees.


This course is free to all Staffordshire based SMEs.

How to apply

To apply for this course, please email

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