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Social Engineering Cyber Attacks

Real world examples for multiple industries

Social engineering is a common technique employed by cyber criminals

This course provides a deep dive into what social engineering is, how it is executed, and why it is effective. It applies a people-centred lens on social engineering to help students understand how human behaviour and psychological patterns can be exploited by cyber attackers.

This course has a four-week teaching period requiring a total of approximately 40 hours of learning. All course learning materials are available on demand.

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

To be eligible for a digital badge for this course, you will need to successfully complete an assessment which includes:

  • A social engineering attack plan
  • The optional assessment is due at the beginning of week 7
21 Jan 2024
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.
Course Credit
Human Factors in Cyber Security (CIS8710)arrow
This Microcredential represents 0.25 units towards the 1.0 full unit course Human Factors in Cyber Security (CIS8710).

Social Engineering Cyber Attacks can be taken as a stand-alone course, or it can be completed as one of four Microcredentials that stack together for credit for the one unit course Human Factors in Cyber Security (CIS8710).

The other three Microcredentials in this stack are:

  • UCS8011 Understanding the Human Cyber Threat
  • UCS8013 Insider Cyber Threats
  • UCS8014 Building a Cyber Resilient Workforce

In order to be eligible to apply credit to a program you must first meet all program admission requirements and successfully complete four UniSQ UpSkill courses from the same course stack.

Social Engineering Cyber Attacks

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