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An Introduction to Cyber Security
An Introduction to Cyber Security
An Introduction to Cyber Security
An Introduction to Cyber Security

Virtual College are pleased to offer this online cyber security course, developed by Bob’s Business, as a tool to bridge the knowledge gap of information security related issues for employees of small and medium enterprises (SME’s).

This cyber security course is suitable for anyone who works within a business who may submit information to the internet or keep passwords to unlock valuable digital information.

  • Help staff prevent against digital threats
  • Online, self-paced training
  • Complete in 2 to 3 hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Virtual College approved course
  • Digital certificate upon completion

Stay ahead of online threats with our new course, specifically designed for employees of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Available exclusively through Virtual College.

Course Overview

Cyber Security Basics guides employees through the maze of obstacles by offering helpful advice and guidelines you must follow to protect your organisation against information security threats.

It’s vital that companies of all sizes are aware of what they should and should not do when facing potential cyber threats that could have a negative impact on their business.

A common attitude many SMEs have is that it won’t happen to them, but in fact you will find that due to a lack of education or controls in place to mitigate attacks, SMEs are in fact the most vulnerable to breaches. Between 2014 - 2016, two thirds of SMEs were attacked by hackers according to the Federation of Small Businesses. However, most importantly, 95% of data breaches are due to human error.

People make mistakes, especially if they have not been shown what to look out for.

The package has been put together to highlight the most important areas that SMEs need to know about when it comes to information security. Learners will gain an understanding of a wide variety of information security topics such as passwords, phishing, mobile working to develop a wider knowledge of the threats you face.

The modules have been handpicked to reflect the online and offline threats that businesses face which will guarantee any sensitive or confidential information to be stored and processed in a secure manner.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course users will be able to understand:

  • The threats that they face day-to-day
  • Why SMEs need protect themselves from threats
  • How to mitigate threats
  • The steps they must take to improve their cyber security hygiene
  • How to apply the knowledge from the module into their everyday routine


Learners will have an understanding of the following modules:

  • Advanced Fee Frauds - Identifying opportunities that sound too good to be true and avoiding tricksters who want to prey on your weaknesses
  • Backing Up Data - Why you should maintain an up-to-date copy of your electronic files and information
  • Email Etiquette - An explanation of the term SPAM and the dangers of using cc when addressing multiple contacts
  • Identity Theft - How to protect against identity theft, including the storage and disposal of personal information
  • Keeping It Clear - Why you must adopt a clear desk, screen policy and the potential dangers
  • Mobile Working - How to protect mobile devices and the information they hold whilst working away from the office
  • Perfect Passwords - Protecting the keys that unlock the information which is valuable to your organisation
  • Phishing Fears - An explanation of the term Phishing and how fraudsters cast a virtual net to trick you into divulging your usernames or passwords
  • Protected Premises - The physical steps that can be taken to prevent information loss or corruption from external threats
  • Secure Printing - The importance of securely printing documents and potential dangers of what can happen if you don't print documents securely
  • Web Woes - Browsing the internet safely and the risks associated with downloading software and submitting information online
  • Virus Vigilance - Staying safe from digital threats, avoiding the traps and the importance of keeping up to date

Who is it for?

This cloud-based cyber security course is suitable for anyone who deals with sensitive information in their place of work. The training course will help the organisation to recognise the threat and develop the skills necessary to spot them.

Why Virtual College?

  • Award winning E-Learning provider
  • Basic to advanced training courses
  • Quick and affordable
  • Instant access with an instant digital certificate

About the course

E-learning allows learners to complete their training whenever is best for them. You can access your course anywhere with an internet connection and complete the course at a time and pace that suits you.

The training and test usually take between 1 to 2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed), which is equivalent to 6 hours face-to-face group training. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test 3 times at no extra cost, having revisited the training material.

If learners do not immediately achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our Learner Support team. Upon completion of your course, you will be able to download your self-printed digital certificate immediately.

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.


Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to download and print a digital certificate.

About Bob’s Business

Bob's Business is an award winning and industry leading cyber security awareness training provider. In 2016 we educated over 210,000 users.

Bob’s Business provides Cyber Security awareness training and innovative phishing simulation campaigns to a broad selection of clients across multiple sectors.

Founded by Melanie Oldham, the chair of the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster, Bob's Business has 10 years of experience in creating long term behavioural change in SMEs and large organisations through the means of world class training solutions.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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