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York College

An Introduction

It’s easy to become bewildered and even frightened by what can seem like a barrage of news stories about cyber attacks, cyber security breaches, loss of information and cyber crime. Different experts seem to contradict each other’s advice just as they race to compete to cloak the latest cyber security catastrophe in a darker shroud than the one before. And, at the end of a typical report on the cyber horror of the moment, those of us not initiated into the cyber security priesthood are left none the wiser about what we can actually do. We are exhorted to ‘be careful’ and to ‘be aware’ but generally we are not given any practical advice about what this really means in our day to day lives.

For most of us, most of the time, the technology that the cyber security experts warn us about is essential. We could not manage juggling the school run, with the shopping, with getting the costume for world book day sorted out; without our smart phones. We could not run our business without e-mail, or our web sites, or our cloud accountancy software. We could not do our jobs without our devices connecting smoothly to the Internet. Even the cheapest new car on the market needs several computers to work just for the engine to start. And, when you put it in to the perspective of life, the idea of an Internet commented fridge linked to your on-line supermarket of choice, or a WiFi connected kettle, or a Bluetooth operated front door lock, actually makes a lot of sense. After all, who would have predicted that by 2015 66% of adults in the UK would own a smart phone?

So what’s the truth? Should we listen to the horror stories and treat the Internet as a place fraught with danger lurking behind every click? Will ‘they’ hack our cars, our talking dolls, even our surgical implants? What should I do about cyber security? What can I do about cyber security? What would happen if I just ignored the experts and carried on as though there was nothing to worry about and bought that Internet connected … ?

This course offers experience of an approach to cyber security from the perspective of getting on with our lives, our business, and our jobs, in a way that reduces our exposure to unnecessary risk without making things more complicated than they need to be. It provides an opportunity to debunk the mystery and cut through the jargon of cyber and cyber security. It starts from the assumption that we all have far better things to do with our precious time than constantly fret about the next time that the cyber sky might fall on our heads. Ultimately, this is about how you can make more and better use of the opportunities of cyber to improve your careers, your businesses and, of course, your social lives.

What to expect

The course is delivered through a combination of talks, workshops, debates and structured discussions. It will cover the following areas:

  • What cyber is (and is not), and where it came from.

What you really need to know about:


  • How Cyber works
  • Cyber security and Cyber defence
  • Current and emerging risks, threats and vulnerabilities
  • Law, regulation and compliance

What Cyber risk management is and how to do it

How to put sensible cybersecurity into practice:

  • In a small to medium business
  • In professional life
  • At home
  • Out and about
  • Travelling.

Is it for you?

This course is for:

  • Professionals, managers and those in business with an interest in improving their understanding and practice of cyber and cyber security.
  • Educators and teachers responsible for advising and supervising students.
  • IT professionals with specialisms in other areas who find themselves newly or additionally responsible for cyber security.
  • Those responsible for the delivery and maintenance of quality management, compliance and audit regimes.
  • Owners and operators of medium sized enterprises with a desire to increase their use of IT to develop their organisations in a safe and responsible manner.

This course is not for:

Those who are fairly familiar with cyber security will probably want to avoid this course.

The Outcome

At the end of two days of intensive immersion you should emerge with a better understanding of what cyber is; and is not. And, a more confident approach to using it to get on with your business, your job and your life. You will have an awareness of the most common cyber security pitfalls, and a clear and practical sense of what you can do to avoid them. You will be equipped with a way to think about how to use cyber in new and imaginative ways. Your understanding of the human motives and behaviours of the cyber baddies might even enable you to begin to anticipate and prepare in advance for new threats and vulnerabilities as your use of cyber grows and develops. With your new knowledge, understanding and confidence you should be able to advise and guide others in your organisation. As awareness and behaviours improve, compliance and audit should benefit. As the safety and reliability of your use of cyber improves, you could see a strengthening and deepening of your relationships with your clients, customers and suppliers. You should be able to worry less and focus more on the stuff you can actually do.

Delivery and Attendance

17th – 18th July 2017 – attendance is required on both days

9.30am – 4.30pm

Later course dates TBC.



For further information and to book onto this programme please call: 01904 770368 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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