Free Short Course: Cyber Warfare and Terrorism

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When Einstein famously said “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”  he could only imagine the horrors of future weapons. He had no way to foresee the advent of cyberwar. Whatever form any future war takes it is now apparent that cyber warfare will be part of it.

This four week short course introduces you to the rise of state sponsored cyber attack, a concept that only a few years ago seemed the realm of science fiction.  You will be introduced to the major classes of cyber weapons: Trojans, worms, and Distributed Denial of Service as well as sophisticated hacking. You will also learn the history of nation state involvement in cyber attack as well as the looming threat of cyber attack from terrorist organizations. 


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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students

Duration 4 Weeks
Enrolled 23 students
Cost Free!

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Course Schedule

  • Stuxnet
  • The TAO Catalog
  • DDos

Live Webinar: 12:00 Tuesday 14th November 2017 AEDT (UTC+11)

  • The Nashi
  • Cyber attacks
    1. Estonia, 2007
    2. Georgia, 2008
  • Influence Operations
    1. Europe
    2. The 2016 Presidential Election

Live Webinar: 12:00 Tuesday 21st November 2017 AEDT (UTC+11)

  • The looming threat of cyber terrorism
  • Terrorist communication
  • Technology Race: Terrorists vs Establishment

Live Webinar: 12:00 Tuesday 28th November 2017 AEDT (UTC+11)

  • State vs State cyber war
  • Vulnerable Systems and how they could be targeted

Live Webinar: 12:00 Tuesday 5th December 2017 AEDT (UTC+11)

  • Exam Pass Mark: 50%
  • Time Limit: 1 Hour
  • Attempts allowed: 1
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

From Tuesday 12th December to 23:59 19th December 2017 AEDT (UTC+11) 

Who present the webinars?

These webinars are all presented by our Richard Stiennon. 

Richard Stiennon is author of two books on cyber warfare. The first one, Surviving Cyberwar, is being revised for an updated edition in late 2018. The second one, There Will Be Cyberwar, was listed as a Washington Post Best Seller.  Stiennon is an industry executive with 22 years experience in cyber security. He has presented on cybersecurity in 29 countries on six continents. He has his Masters in War in the Modern World from King’s College, London.

He now brings his wealth of experience to our free online Cyber Warfare and Terrorism short course.

Why a Cyber Warfare and Terrorism short course?

Military and intelligence leaders agree that the next major war is not likely to be fought on the battleground but in cyber space. Richard Stiennon argues the era of cyber warfare has already begun. There is compelling evidence to support his claim, from the thousands of attempts to hack into critical infrastructure globally, to the creation of information warfare units in Australia.

If you want to keep informed in these changing times, this course is a fine way to do it.

Where can I find Richard’s books?

If you are interested in reading more of Richard’s work, you can see his publications here.

Is there a final exam?

Yes – the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer. Ten signed copies of Richard’s newest book will be awarded to students who score the highest marks in the final exam and are active contributors on the course discussion forum. 

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Successful completion of three IT Masters Free Short Courses may make you eligible for university credit. For more information on university credit with IT Masters, please visit this webpage.  

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes — the sessions are recorded and you will be able to access them by registering for the course.

Free Short Course: Cyber Warfare and Terrorism