Bachelor of Information Technology: Cyber Security

Cyber security

Cybersecurity is the technologies and processes designed to protect computers, networks, and data from unauthorized access, vulnerabilities, and attacks delivered via the internet by cybercriminals.

(Webopedia 2021)

Cyber, a prefix that implies a relationship with information technology (IT), relates to all aspects of computing, including storing, protecting, accessing, processing, transmitting and linking data. The word ‘cyber’ has become one of the most pervasive concepts in modern computing and technology, however, it is not present as a concept in the early 1980s and 1990s.

Cyber is typically used as a prefix of a compound word and can be written as one word (cybersecurity), two words (cyber security), or as a hyphenated word (cyber-security). For consistency, all examples will be two words (cyber crime, cyber security, cyber attack, and so on).

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Locating cyber security literature

Search for Cyber Security journal articles and video content in the databases as provided below. Many of these databases contain full-text journal articles (largely peer-reviewed or refereed), primary original research sources, and reference works. 

Online training and video tutorials on LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly is an outstanding resource offering a variety of online courses for video-based learning in a wide variety of subjects, including information technology, CAD, design 3D animation, audio, multimedia, coding, and others.

Learn what forms cyber attacks can take, as well as the two most common types of protection you can build into your system: antivirus protection and firewalls, through the 'Cybersecurity for IT Professionals Online Class' on LinkedIn Learning database.

Learn how to set a rock-solid foundation for your network, users, and data by learning the basics of cybersecurity through 'Cybersecurity Foundations' tutorial.

Anatomy of an attack

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Cyber Security Training Centre at St Albans Campus

The Cyber Security Training Centre located at the St Alban's campus provides a simulated working environment for collaboration and practical experience in preparing students studying cyber security for future employment.

Attack and defend rooms allow students to put their skills to the test and take on a hacker or a defender's role.

Cyber Security Weekly Podcast

Without trust, society stagnates, economies decline, and businesses fail. This podcast series keeps abreast of the latest trends and challenges in cyber and physical security with interviews, event updates, industry suppliers & government initiatives.