This Module can only be taken as a Short Course for Credit.
Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

Due to the nature of the subject matter in this Module, security clearance may be required. 

Cyber Attack: Threats and Opportunities aims to develop an understanding of the wider context of cyber within an organisation. It will provide a contextual link between the management and governance of an organisation and the organisation’s cyber requirements. It will examine the operational aspects of cyber, information assurance and security.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,310 -  Short Course for Credit fee Concessions available

What you will learn


  • Assess cyber operations from a variety of threat actors,
  • Evaluate the different cyber vulnerabilities and how they might impact an organization,
  • Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of various security technologies and their suitability for protecting an organization.


  • Develop a security strategy using appropriate technologies and techniques,
  • Prioritise cyber threats and vulnerabilities based on their potential business impact.

Core content

Introduction to Cyber

  • Understanding cyber crime, cyber attack and cyber war,
  • The different categories of threat actors and their motivations,
  • How cyber fits within an organization.

Attacks and Vulnerabilities

  • An overview of common cyber attacks, for example, SQL injection, XSS, and enumeration,
  • Explanation of how these attacks can be mitigated, including the use of penetration testing,
  • Understanding the human aspects of vulnerabilities, for example, insider threat and social engineering.

Tools and Defence

  •  Understanding the different tools available, and their application. For example, IDS systems, authentication methods, and encryption.

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


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.