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Networks and Communications Security: Threats, Attacks and Countermeasures

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This course aims to provide you with a broad understanding and knowledge of network security, addressing threats over a range of sophistication levels and detailing various protocols and other mechanisms that have been developed to counter them.

By the end of this course you will:

  • understand primary technical components of network security;
  • analyse threats and requirements & synthesize control solutions;
  • understand network-specific attacks and attack mechanisms;
  • analyse network protocols and identify associated attacks;
  • analyse network attacks and threats;
  • analyse security strengths/weaknesses in network mechanisms.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for:

  • practitioners across all domains including aerospace, military, railway, automotive, civil nuclear, civil maritime, medical devices, healthcare, and so on;
  • cyber security consultants;
  • risk analysist/risk managers;
  • those responsible for threat and incident manangers;
  • research analysts.


Typically you will come from a strong computing background, with a degree in computing or relevant experience. If you are unsure about your prior experience, please email us with your details.

How is the course taught?

The course takes place over one week at the University of York. This week consists of a mixture of lectures and practicals, but we expect you to put in around 30 hours of private study.

Over the week, there will be a series of lectures and a number of case studies. The case studies give you the chance to work through an example to reinforce your learning from the lectures. This is also a chance to gain other insights from the experience and knowledge of other delegates. You will also be able to call on the experience and knowledge of our specialised teaching staff during these sessions.  

The module ends with an assessed exercise, which you have the option of completing. It takes approximately 35 hours in addition to the scheduled teaching time and can be completed on or off site. All assessed exercises are open (so you won't take an exam in supervised conditions), and comprise a report, case study, or documented piece of software.

If you choose to take and pass your assessment, your results can count towards the completion of the MSc Cyber Security.

Teaching Materials

Kevin R Fall, W Richard Stevens TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The protocols Addison Wesley 2012
Andrew Tannenbaum Computer Networks Prentice Hall 2002




Book your place

Book your place

Make sure you book your place for the next course w/c 15th October 2018.

Before booking please read our Booking Conditions (PDF  , 104kb).

To book your place, please complete the booking form: CPD Booking Form (MS Word  , 92kb) and the accompanying payment form: CPD Payment Form (MS Word  , 50kb) and return to Heather Taylor, our CPD & Postgraduate Programmes Administrator. Payment for your place can be made via credit/debit card or invoice (please email Heather Taylor).

If you have any queries, please contact our course administrator on or call 01904 325536.

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