KINDI Open Courses on Cyber Security
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We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important. Recognising this, cyber security has become a national priority for countries across the gulf region and empowering users with Cyber Security knowledge to make the most of the available technology is a key part of national and regional cyber security strategies.


Currently Offered Courses

Cyber Security in the Workplace:

This course is aimed to improve learners’ cyber security practices in the context of their workplace information technology systems.  The course is structured into 4 modules, providing an introduction to key cyber security threats, regulations, laws and standards that are relevant to business contexts, as well as helping learners understand the practical steps they can take to improve their security.  For example, this includes the use of 2-factor authentication, how to select antivirus software, protection against social engineering / phishing attacks, data backup and recovery strategies, and introductory security risk analysis.

Cyber Security in the Workplace Course Registration

Cyber Security in Daily Life:

This course is aimed at the general public and provides knowledge and skills required to improve people’s cyber security practices with regard to the computing systems they use every day.  The course is structured into 6 modules, providing an introduction to cyber security issues relating to privacy, ethical considerations and laws relevant to the public, as well as practical guidance on improving password security, protection against social engineering / phishing attacks and how to respond to a cyber attack. 

Cyber Security in Daily Life Course Registration


Project Background

These free online courses, which aim to raise awareness of cyber security issues across the gulf region, were developed by the KINDI Center for Computing Research at Qatar University and the Open University (UK).  The project was supported by the UK Global Cyber Security Capacity Building Programme and builds on the successful course, Introduction to Cyber Security, to produce customized Arabic versions that address the needs of commercial organizations and the general public. The Introduction to Cyber Security course was developed with the support of the UK National Cyber Security Programme and has been completed by over 20,000 learners across the globe. The project was initiated with a stakeholder workshop that took place on 7-8 June 2015 at Qatar University. Click here for more information about the workshop.