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Become a digital defender

Learn applied cyber security in 24 weeks

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Online 29/01/24
£7,200 including VAT
Flexible payment Deferred tuition

University of Birmingham

Applied cyber security boot camp

The 24-week Applied Cyber Security Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time programme that takes a multidisciplinary approach to helping students attain proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security. The programme has two components: an 8-week fundamentals course, followed by the main 16-week skills boot camp in applied cyber security. The structure, pacing, and time requirements are similar across all 24 weeks. Students who successfully complete both components will receive a Certificate of Attendance and Professional Certificate in Applied Cyber Security from the University of Birmingham.

Powerful skills

Build applicable knowledge in areas like Windows and Linux administration, secure network design, cloud security, and ethical hacking and penetration.

Collaborative peers

Work together with your peers to tackle complex projects using real-world data sets, and get hands-on training through experiential learning opportunities.

Dedicated support

Benefit from a wide range of career support services, like CV and professional branding support, interview preparation, portfolio reviews, and coaching.

Recognisable credential

Receive a University of Birmingham Certificate, demonstrating your new skills and showcasing your achievement to future employers.

What you will learn

You can expect a boot camp experience that challenges you to develop, practice, and master new skills. Our curriculum will help you build the knowledge you need to join the cyber security industry, learn tools and technologies vetted by current practitioners, and prepare to seek professional certifications that establish your expertise and resonate with employers.

Module 1: Security fundamentals

Learn to think like a cyber security professional by assessing threats and mitigating risks.

What you will learn:

  • CIA triad
  • Governance
  • Risk analysis and risk mitigation
  • Compliance
  • Business continuity planning
  • Disaster recovery

Module 2: Systems administration

Gain hands-on experience working with the command line and bash commands that are prominent in IT roles. You will configure and audit servers, as well as harden and secure them from malicious attacks.

What you will learn:

  • Linux server configuration
  • Windows server configuration
  • Tar, Cron, and CronJobs
  • Logging
  • Bash scripting and programming
  • Active directory
  • Kerberos

Module 3: Networks and network security

Dive into network configuration, design, protocols, and data communication.

What you will learn:

  • Network architecture, operations, and security
  • Wireshark and traffic analysis
  • Email security
  • Wireless security
  • Cryptography and encryption
  • Port scanning
  • Cloud security and virtualisation

Module 4: Defensive security

Dive into SIEMs and network security monitoring, practice responding to different breaches and attacks, and learn how to recover deleted data as part of preparing evidence for a legal case.

What you will learn:

  • Splunk
  • Monitoring and logging
  • Incident response
  • Forensics
  • Data extraction and recovery

Module 5: Offensive security

Gain a thorough understanding of web applications, databases, and the vulnerabilities and hardening associated with them.

What you will learn:

  • Burp Suite
  • XSS vulnerabilities and payloads
  • SQL injection
  • Webshells
  • File inclusion and command injection vulnerabilities
  • Penetration testing execution standard
  • SearchSploit and Metasploit
  • Zenmap
  • Pivoting networks

Module 6: Test prep and final project

Focus on certification prep for Security+ and CEH exams, and conclude the programme with a final group project.

Invest in your career. Explore financial options.
Interest-free payment plan
Pay an initial deposit and split the rest of your tuition into monthly instalments with no interest.
Early registration
Enrol by the early registration deadline and get £700 off tuition cost when paid in full.
Study now, pay later
EdAid’s interest-free, income-based payments are 10% of pre-tax monthly income, and only commence when you are earning above £25,000 per annum.
‘Women in Tech’ and
‘Diversity in Tech’ £4,000 scholarships
Qualified applicants can apply for scholarship funds.

Disclaimer: edX Boot Camps (UK) Limited (FCA Registration Number 923143) and 2U, Inc. (FCA Registration Number 924686) are Introducer Authorised Representatives of EdAid Foundation (FCA Registration Number 813354).

Neither edX Boot Camps (UK) Limited nor University of Birmingham receives any commissions or payments for referrals or successful loan applications made through EdAid, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA.

The EdAid’s loan approval criteria will apply and you should consider the terms and conditions of any loan carefully. We are not credit advisors. We make no representations about whether you will be given a loan.

You should consider carefully whether a loan from EdAid will be suitable for you. We are not responsible for representations made to you by EdAid.

The next applied cyber security boot camp starts 29 January 2024.
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A powerful educational partnership

About the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, and has been challenging and developing students for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, our work brings people from across the world to study either online or on our campuses in Birmingham and Dubai.

We recognise that in an increasingly fast-paced world, flexibility in terms of how and where you undertake your studies is important. Our portfolio of programmes offers a modern solution for today’s students.

This programme is offered through the University of Birmingham in partnership with edX.

About edX

edX, part of 2U Inc., works with respected universities and organizations to deliver innovative, skills-based training to a community of over 45 million learners around the world to support them at every stage of their lives and careers. edX delivers boot camps through an immersive learning experience with expert services and valuable resources. As of 2021, graduates have been hired by 6,700+ companies, including more than 62% of the Fortune 100.

About the Department for Education/Skills for Life

Skills Bootcamps scholarships are funded for learners by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of their Skills for Life scheme. The DfE invests in lifelong learning, helping people gain new skills in a flexible and accessible way at any stage of their lives.