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UCS8012

Social Engineering Cyber Attacks

Real world examples for multiple industries

Social engineering is a common technique employed by cyber criminals
This minicourse provides a deep dive into what social engineering is, how it is executed, and why it is effective. The minicourse applies a people-centred lens on social engineering to help students understand how human behaviour and psychological patterns can be exploited by cyber attackers.
About the course
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
  • Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex issues and specialised knowledge related to the role that people play in social engineering
  • Interpret, articulate and communicate complex issues relating to human factors in cyber security to achieve targeted outcomes
What topics will you cover?
  • Social Engineering
  • Structure of Social Engineering Attacks
  • Phishing
  • Spear Phishing
Assessment
To be eligible for a digital badge for this minicourse, you will need to successfully complete an assessment which includes a social engineering attack plan.
26 Apr 2021
21 Jun 2021
16 Aug 2021
11 Oct 2021
University level expertise
Scott Sorley is Executive Director of ICT Services at the University of Southern Queensland. Scott is responsible for enterprise wide planning, coordination and delivery of USQ information and communications systems. Scott developed the Human Factors in Cyber Security course in June 2019 and has been teaching this course to postgraduate students since that time. He has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people’s lives and create value for society. Scott has a diverse IT background from developing web applications, building distributed database systems, designing networks and managing large IT teams.
UCS8012
Social Engineering Cyber Attacks
A $735

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Digital Badges
When you successfully complete the assessment, earn credible digital badges you can share online via LinkedIn
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