Introduction to Cybersecurity: Preparing your organisation for CyberEssentials

A non-technical introduction to cybersecurity.


This learning is designed for organisations seeking to comply with the Cyber Essentials scheme.

It is not designed for technical specialists, but for all staff on the grounds that most cyber security attacks start with the staff not the technology.

For those who have completed our Data Protection for managers of personal information course, this course will show how to provide the technical and organisational measures required to protect personal information in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act.

The aim of the course

Who is it for?

Course duration and format

This course can be completed in around 90 minutes. Please note that to get the most from this course will require additional time to complete the checklists and to reflect on your own practice, but it is divided into sections so that you can complete it in a number of sessions. We advise you to complete each section at one sitting to maximise your learning, but allowing time between study sessions may enhance your learning by allowing additional time for reflection on both your learning and your current practices.

At the end, there is an online test, successful completion of which will enable you to get a certificate to provide evidence of your learning. You should be able to demonstrate what you learnt going forward in changes to your behaviours.

What we will cover

  • Information security
  • External threats
  • Settings
  • Permissions
  • Viruses and other malware
  • Patching and updates

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This course is provided by AGLC

This course has been developed by Professor Alan Gillies of Alan Gillies (Learning Consultancy) Limited. Over 20 years ago, Alan developed his University’s first complete online postgraduate degree programme before the University even had an online learning platform. Since then, he has been delivering online learning resources for Universities, government departments, businesses, and international agencies including The World Bank.

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