Introduction to Cyber Security

online short course

R10 500.00 R8 400.00

course fees

12 weeks


4 - 5 hours

effort per week



Welcome to the Cyber Security Fundamentals online short course. The modules of this short course have been
designed especially with the aim to:

  • Shape your understanding of the history and future outlook of cyberspace.
  • Describe what cyber security is.
  • Understand the various approaches to practising cyber security.
  • Identify cyber security challenges and the main causes of cyber security gaps.
  • Identify the strategies taken and those that will be taken around the world.
  • Highlight the importance of cyber security for businesses.
  • Identify social media problems and life skills needed to stay safe in cyberspace.

By the end of the course, you will have the ability to explain the history of cyberspace, describe what cyber security is and the main challenges thereof. You will also be in a position to outline how organisations around the world are practising cyber security versus what the best approaches are to cyber security. As an individual, you would have increased levels of competence in this subject and you will be able to:

  • Assess a personal or office environment’s cyber security levels.
  • Analyse and formulate an outcome in relation to global best practices.
  • Develop guidelines for cyber security for personal or office use.

why should you enrol for this course?

This short course will assist and guide you in understanding the history and future outlook of cyberspace, what cybersecurity is, and the various approaches to practice cybersecurity. The course will, amongst other goals: identify cybersecurity challenges and the main causes of cybersecurity gaps; identify the strategies taken around the world; identify the importance of cybersecurity for business domains and finally, we will draw a close to this course by identifying social media problems and by sharing the life skills that need to be practiced in cyberspace.

0 | Orientation Module

1 | The History of Cyberspace

2 | What is Cyber Security?

3 | Global Guidelines for Cyber Security

4 | How to Think

5 | Cyber Security for Foundational Business Domains

6 | Cyber Security for Foundational Business Domains – Understanding the People Domain

7 | Cyber Security for Foundational Business Domains – Understanding the Process Domain

8 | HTTP Cyber Security for Foundational Business Domains – Understanding the Technology Domain

9 | HTTP Cyber Security and Social Media

10 | Cyber Security Career Path

11 | Wrap Up

course video

Carl Heinz Uys

course author

Carl Heinz Uys’s vision is a safer connected world. His mission in life is to contribute towards safeguarding cyberspace. He has been an entrepreneur since 1999. Carl is a qualified information technology engineer and cybersecurity practitioner and has gained 10 years’ experience in computer and communication science. He is also a third-year law student and has acquired skills in strategic management, people development, policy development, research, and report writing. Amongst other public interest cybersecurity projects, Carl was part of a team that contributed towards reducing the financial fraud within the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal. He was also a member of the team who was responsible for cyber security during the 2014 South African national government elections.

He is currently a cybersecurity practitioner working within various industries across the globe.

Online Course Facilitator

This online short learning programme will be facilitated by an industry subject matter expert, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge throughout the programme. Your Online Course Facilitator will contribute to Discussion Forums and provide you with in-depth feedback on all your assessments.

What will you need?
Basic requirements To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word. Please note: Google and YouTube may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content.
How will you learn?
Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules, designed to assist you throughout your learning process through diverse learning activities:
  • Work through all your interactive course notes
  • Review supplementary resources
  • Apply what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of course video lectures presented by our Subject Matter Experts and infographics
  • Collaborate and interact with your fellow participants via the discussion forum
What will you gain?
On the successful completion of this short learning programme, you will get the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Damelin Certificate of Competence. You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our Online Campus. All your course assessments and submissions will be available to you in your course handbook. Your course handbook will be made available once you commence your short learning programme. Your Certificate of Competence will be issued in your registered name and couriered to you at no additional cost.
Academic and Technical Support
With the freedom that online education brings, Damelin Future Studies students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our mind. Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.

Payment options available to you

credit card
payment plan
EFT/Direct Deposit


Complete the fields below to receive the course information pack.
*Required fields
By providing us with your contact details, you agree to the use of your data as described in our terms and conditions to receive communications. You may opt out of receiving communications at any time.