Military and Veterans

Level 4 Diploma: Cyber Security

Module 1: Cyber Threat & Risk

  • What is ‘Threat’ and ‘Risk’ in a computer security environment?
  • Cyber security, current attack trends and terminology
  • Security and Risk Management as concepts
  • Identifying and familiarising ourselves with threat intelligence feeds
  • Calculating and demonstrating risk

Module 2: Network Security & Data Communications

  • Network Principles and Protocols
  • Access Controls
  • Software development and how it relates to cyber security risk
  • Web applications and how they relate to risk
  • Malware types and evolution

Module 3: Databases & Programming

  • Database security breach types
  • How databases organise data; DB manufacturers, tools and approaches
  • Case studies in big data organisation and breach incidents
  • Impact and utility of Cloud-based approaches
  • Differences between compiled and interpreted programming languages
  • Write Python programs using popular expressions

Module 4: Incident Response, Investigations and Forensics

  • Legal and Ethical Principles and Computer network investigations
  • Forensic Science and Digital Forensics
  • How to build the right teams to respond
  • Incident Response and Crisis Management
  • Reporting and recording activity
  • Business Continuity Management

Module 5: Security Strategy: Laws, Policies and Implementation

  • Strategic management, and how it applies to cyber domains
  • Project management, and how it applies to cyber domains
  • Legal, regulatory and standards bodies
  • Training and further development – standards and training
  • Design a security audit to match regulatory and customised, environment-specific requirements


Module 6a: Banking & Finance

  • Banking and Finance: How finance and markets work
  • Case studies in Banking and Finance cyber-crime, including Insider Threat
  • Legal, regulatory requirements and standards
  • Cryptocurrencies, as they relate to cyber security
  • Payment Card Industry and cyber security issues


Module 6b: Cyber Wars

  • What do we mean by ‘Cyber Wars’ and where do they exist?
  • Strategy, methods and motivations behind state-sponsored/encouraged cyber conflict/war
  • Key government approaches: institutions, capabilities and perspective
  • Case studies in Business Communities and private sector responses
  • Case studies in CNI and sector responses

EU GDPR: Covered in an advanced manner via a dedicated module to data security

Flexible and Tutor-Supported Learning: Study Online – with cutting-edge interactive software, videos, audio and content – at a time and place that suits you and your business!

One formal assignment at the end of each module (which each take eight weeks). Informal (formative) exercises during module. Formal assessments include business reports and presentations. Informal include quizzes, comprehension, brainstorming and practice reports.

Courses start on the first Friday of each quarter, excluding bank holidays.

Upcoming start dates:

  • Friday, October 2nd 2020
  • Friday, January 8th 2021
  • Friday, April 9th 2021
  • Friday, July 2nd 2021


Online £2,499     Blended £2,900

Pass every module to earn a Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security issued by the eminent UK Higher Education awarding body, Qualifi*

*Progression Routes to University: Learners who pass Level 4 and Level 5 Diplomas, may progress into the Final Year of the Anglia Ruskin University Cyber Security Degree

CISSP Preparation: Covers content that maps to most of the 8 subject matter domains within the formal Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) required for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – the Cyber Security ‘gold standard’ qualification

Networking: Meet new colleagues and industry peers through our virtual global networking and discussion forums. You will also be entitled to free attendance at our Global Cyber Academy ‘live’ business network seminars in London

Richard Bingley PGCTLHE FHEA MA

Richard is the Academic Director and CEO of Global Cyber Academy. He has three published books, including IT Governance’s top-seller, The Security Consultant’s Handbook.

Richard has more than a decade of experience in government communications, events management and the IT sector, as well as operational close protection experience at London 2012, Sochi 2014, and other global mega-events. Other notable achievements include:

  • Senior Lecturer, Security & Resilience, Buckinghamshire New University 2012-15: Course Leader, MA Management & Leadership and Director of Business School (2015-17). Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • PhD study in entrepreneurship and war zones with the triple-accredited University of Leeds Business School (LUBS)
  • Media commentator and broadcaster on security and cyber issues



Who runs your courses?2020-07-30T20:15:00+00:00

All our courses, and the modules that make up our courses, are run by experts that have worked in the field covered by the course. So, our Supply Chain Crisis Management course has module tutors that are logistics professionals, that have run operations in high-pressure situations and dealt with emergencies and the unexpected. Our Cyber and Resilience courses are run by security professionals. Our experts have academic qualifications, but they are industry or sector professionals first.

Do you run courses for individuals?2020-07-30T20:15:08+00:00

Yes. We have a number of course start dates throughout the year and you can enroll on the one that best suits your timetable. You will be able to study, and do some online activities, with other learners at certain times during your course.

Do you run courses for groups?2020-07-30T20:15:20+00:00

Yes. Our courses work extremely well for groups of learners from the same organization, who can discuss how our course content is relevant to their work. The tutors will work with the learners to tailor the content to the specific context of the employing organization.

I’m in the Armed Forces (or have recently left) and have learning credits. Can I use them to help pay for your courses?2020-07-30T20:15:28+00:00

Yes. Because our courses are accredited you can use your Standard Learning Credits and, because we are ELCAS registered, you can use your Extended Learning Credits as well.

Who is behind the Supply Chain Open Education Academy?2020-09-10T15:30:54+00:00

The organization behind the Academy is Goodwill Solutions CIC. Goodwill Solutions Community Interest Company is a multi-award-winning company providing a range of warehouse services, while also providing social impact through its work helping people, from all backgrounds, to start careers with the logistics sector. Based in Northampton, the company provides specialist logistics services to blue chip retailers and manufacturers.

The key people behind the Academy are:

Graham Tomkins, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Goodwill Holdings CIC

Graham is a successful entrepreneur with over thirty years experience in S.M.E. start-ups. He Co-Founded Goodwill Solutions CIC in 2008. The business was given the Royal seal of approval in April 2020 when it won the Queens Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity. Graham firmly believes social enterprises can show us the future of what business can look like.

Liam Fassaam, Supply Chain Open Education Academy Co-Director

Liam is a thought leader, researcher and implementer of collaborative logistics and supply chain solutions that embrace a systems and social value view, supported with knowledge from a Military, Senior Management and Academic career spanning over 30 years. He is also engaged as the expert adviser to SeaFish (DEFRA) in the area of food supply chain, advises the European Commission on Food supply chain operations, supported the All-Party Sustainable Resource Group in Westminster on Circular Supply Chain and Food Security (APSRG), has advised to the Governments Office For Science, All-Party Parliamentary Freight transport group (APFT) and the Connected Places Catapult on Freight and transport futures. He has twice been awarded the title of ‘Global Social Media Influencer’ in the field of Supply Chain Management.

Simon Denny, Supply Chain Open Education Academy Co-Director

Simon served in the British Army from 1976 – 1986. He then joined Tesco where he was part of the team that redesigned training for the distribution branch. He moved into Higher Education in 1992 and worked for the University of Northampton until 2018, latterly as Executive Dean. At Northampton he specialized in designing bespoke development programmes for companies; three of his schemes won National Training Awards. In 2010 Simon gained The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Are you a ‘proper’ Academy? What policies and procedures do you have?2020-09-16T12:23:35+00:00

Yes, we are certain we are a ‘proper’ Academy. We are an officially approved Qualifi Accredited Centre. To become an approved Accredited Centre we had to go through a rigorous quality assurance process and submit lots of policies. If you would like a list of all our policies, or have copies of any of them, please contact us.

Are your courses accredited?2020-07-30T20:16:04+00:00

Yes. The Supply Chain Open Education Academy’s courses are accredited. We are an approved Qualifi Accredited Centre.

We accredit our courses because we believe that unless we test learners to find out if they have achieved their learning objectives, we cannot guarantee that our courses will be useful to them. In addition, all the logistics companies we work with have told us that they want qualified people to work for them.

Assessment is a key component of learning because it helps people learn. When learners are able to see how they are doing on a course, they are able to determine whether or not they understand course material. Assessment can also help motivate learners. Assessment also helps the staff of the Supply Chain Open Education Academy. Frequent assessment allows us to see if our course material and teaching has been effective. Assessment also allows us to ensure learners learn what they need to know in order to meet the course’s learning objectives.

All our assessment tasks are designed to be relevant to the real-world operation of logistics businesses. Many of the tasks involve learners working together in small groups (either online or face-to-face), as they have to do in workplace situations. Our assessment tasks are also progressive, building on the previous one, and they can all be completed on-line.  We do not suddenly confront learners with the requirement to write a long essay!

How are your courses delivered?2020-07-30T20:16:13+00:00

Our courses are examples of ‘blended learning’. We have online content (reading, videos, links to key websites, activities and learning tasks), traditional reading (books still work really well!), and tutor-based sessions. The tutor-based sessions can be run face-to-face (classrooms still work as well!) or using a virtual system such as Zoom or Microsoft teams. We can also arrange work placements in logistics organizations for you when you have completed your course(s), if you wish. Work placements are a great way of really embedding your learning.

I am not based in the UK, can I still do your courses?2020-07-30T20:16:21+00:00

Yes, because our courses use online learning as well as tutor-run sessions, you can study our courses wherever you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. You can also download course content so you can continue studying if you move to an area without connectivity. The tutor-run sessions can be run using Zoom, Microsoft Teams or other system to ensure you get the best possible learning experience.

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