Fundamentals of Cybersecurity online short course

Course starts 1 March 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
23 February 2021
Course Starts:
1 March 2021
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R14,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


The digital age has revolutionised the way that organisations do business. Unfortunately, however, it has also exposed companies, and their customers, to many new risks. With cyberattacks now a real threat in Africa and beyond, there’s a need across industries for professionals with the skills to address online security vulnerabilities.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Fundamentals of Cybersecurity online short course introduces you to the key elements of cybersecurity management, from both a South African and international perspective. Become the defender of sensitive company data and learn how to make sound decisions to support your organisation in both thwarting attacks and responding appropriately to incidents.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the fundamental principles of cybersecurity management and the relevant legislative environment
  • The ability to evaluate cybersecurity risks, and analyse corporate information security policies
  • The skills to design a secure network model and a suitable incident response plan for an organisation
  • Insight into cybersecurity software and hardware products, and knowledge of the measures that can be implemented to protect a business from cyberthreats

Is this course for you? 

This course is designed for senior managers and executives looking to broaden their understanding of cybersecurity management to better guide decision-making. The content is equally appropriate for IT professionals and system administrators who want to improve their ability to detect potential threats and put measures in place to protect data. Those already working in cybersecurity can also take this course to formalise their knowledge and familiarise themselves with the current state of the field.

Course curriculum

Develop your understanding of cybersecurity risk management strategies as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Basic principles of cybersecurity management
  • Module 2 Risk assessment
  • Module 3 Corporate governance, policies and the regulatory environment
  • Module 4 Cybersecurity culture
  • Module 5 Cybersecurity architecture
  • Module 6 Cybersecurity software and hardware
  • Module 7 The CIS 20 critical security controls (CSCs)
  • Module 8 Incident management

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online course is guided by University faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Zainab Ruhwanya

Zainab Ruhwanya

Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Faculty of Commerce, Department of Information Systems

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Learn about the fundamentals of cybersecurity and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 1 March 2021.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.