Cyber Foundation Pathway – Module 0 (Part A) - CFPM0A

Technology School
3 days

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About this course

Module 0 is a two-part course that will provide you with an awareness of how cyber is being taken forward as a defence and pan-governmental endeavour of central importance. The course makes use of visiting speakers from industry, defence and other government departments who are experts and leading practitioners in their respective fields.

This module follows on from the overarching cyber principles covered in Cyber 101 to build understanding of the context of cyber operations within a military environment. The module is a mandated element of the Cyber Foundation Pathway (CFP) if you intend to undertake subsequent modules but is also available to complete if you do not plan to progress further through the pathway and just want to enhance your understanding of cyber in Defence.

Module 0 is delivered through a fully blended approach; Part A is undertaken online via the DLE and MODNET (for access to Official Sensitive content). This is followed by a face-to-face Part B to cover material at higher classifications and to link the content together.

Module 0 Part A is available for self-enrolment on the DLE. To find it use the 'Apply' button and search on the DLE for ‘CFPM0A’. You will need the Module 0 Part A course certificate in order to apply for attendance at Module 0 Part B.

What you will learn

The course is based around 6 thematic areas:
  • Fundamentals and Context. Placing cyber within a Defence context, this section also develops understanding of key frameworks and doctrine used across civilian and military cyber activities.
  • Threats and Opportunities. Explores key threat actors, and looks at the human factors relevant to cyber operations.
  • Technical Background. Provides an overview of Information Networks and Operational Technology Networks (industrial control systems), telecoms systems, and satellite communications.
  • Strategy and Operations. Explores the legal and policy frameworks within which the MOD undertakes cyber operations, and introduces the key organisations involved across the MOD.
  • External Organisations. Introduces key organisations across Government, and explores the similarities and differences between the MOD’s approach to cybersecurity and those of a large commercial organisation.
  • Integration and Application. Using a number of open-source case studies, this section aims to tie the knowledge from the preceding sections together to show how cybersecurity and cyber effects can be realised.

How will this course help my career?

Each module in the Cyber Foundation Pathway builds sequentially on the learning from preceding modules.  Successful completion of this module will enable you to proceed to the next module of the CFP and further build your cyber skills.

Security and restrictions

  • Students must hold a current SC.
  • UK Nationals only.

Before you attend

  • Completion of Cyber 101 through the online Defence Learning Environment is a mandatory pre-requisite.

  • Attendance at Module 0B requires SC clearance.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
  • Student must hold a current SC
  • UK Nationals only

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

This module is not formally assessed.

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