National Manufacturing Institute Scotland CPD course Cyber Security

"Cybercrime cost the world between $445 billion and $608 billion in 2017, according to security vendor McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies", Harvard Business Review


Course title: Cyber Security

Course date and venue: 

To be confirmed, multiple locations across Scotland

Cost: £500

Duration: 1 day (9:00am- 19:00pm)







Companies rely on a cyber supply chain to operate and provide services to customers, including information and communication technologies, website hosting or cloud-based operations. With each service added to the supply chain the attack surface increases. It is therefore key to understand the impact that a disruption of these services will have on a business.

Furthermore, companies are responsible for ensuring the cyber-security and privacy of their customer’s data, hence the ability to protect information systems from impairment or theft is essential.

Course summary

This course introduces key strategies to ensure cyber security in your organisation, enabling you to overcome the unauthorised access to information brought by digitalisation in businesses.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Cyber security introduction
  • Threat actors and their motivations
  • Identification of cyber attacks
  • Security gaps in your organisation
  • Cyber security solutions
  • Disaster recovery strategies
  • Threat model
  • Industry case studies

Who should attend?

Professionals and business leaders who are interested in learning options for digital risk reduction.

On the course you will:

  • Understand the exact meaning of cybersecurity
  • Build your understanding of cyber attacks
  • Learn about the malicious actors and their motivations
  • Explore the tools and techniques to test the cyber-security of businesses
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the cascading effects of a cyber attack
  • Understand threat models against their businesses
  • Understand business continuity planning and disaster recovery
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation

Xavier Bellekens

Course Lead 

Xavier Bellekens is a Lecturer Chancellor’s Fellow in the Institute for Signals, Sensors and Communications with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.  Xavier is also the Education Cyber-Security Thematic Leader and Scottish Blockchain Outreach leader for IEEE UK and Ireland and the general chair of IEEE Cyber Science. He is also a regular contributor to Belgian and UK Radio and Newspaper on Cyber-Security and Hacking related topics.

His work focuses on the cyber security of critical infrastructures (Naval, Power, Avionics, Vehicular, etc.) composed of complex heterogeneous networks, as well as on the application of machine learning to cyber security, cyber resilience (awareness & training), and threat propagation.

Cyber Security is often perceived to be all about technology, in this course I am boiling it down to its essentials, while helping protect your business efficiently.