This course can only be taken as an Short Course for Credit. 
For more information please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section.
Due to the nature of the subject matter in this Module, security clearance may be required. 
Critical Networks and Cyber-Physical Systems will examine the management and technical considerations relating to critical networks and control systems focusing on interdependence and resilience.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days face to face learning (with additional distance learning to be completed during 7 weeks)
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,490
    Concessions available

What you will learn


  • Critically evaluate theories of criticality and interdependence in the context of security planning,
  • Appraise the current state of best practice in network and security operations management in the security context,
  • Assess the factors that facilitate or prevent effective risk management of interdependent systems in the context of critical national,.
  • Summarise the cyber risks associated with Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wider IoT ecosystems.


  • Using appropriate frameworks evaluate the extent to which cyber risks of essential functions are managed effectively within the context of national infrastructure.

Core content

Critical national infrastructure

  • Definitions and approaches to classifying national infrastructure and critical national infrastructure
  • The global, national and organisational view of national infrastructure
  • Frameworks for identifying and managing cyber risk in critical national infrastructure

Cyber Physical Systems

  • Characteristics of cyber-physical systems and the inherent security and privacy concerns  


  • The differences between OT and IT
  • The technical and socio-technical elements to managing the cyber risk of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems

IoT and smart technologies

  • IoT devices and wider supporting ecosystems
  • Frameworks to support the identification and management of cyber risk associated with the Internet of Things deployed in smart homes, smart cities and smart grids.

Strategic effects

  • How critical networks are targeted to deliver strategic outcomes by malicious actors
  • Links to the strategic context.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Cyber Defence and Information Assurance MSc and the Cyberspace Operations MSc.

 Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

Students must have completed Foundations of Cyber in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit.


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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