Computing Fundamentals and Cyber Security


This introductory course is designed for personnel who use software applications such as email, the WWW, or work in an organization of connected computers. The course introduces computing fundamentals and the impact of information and cyber security on things such as:

  • The difference between data and information assets
  • Threats and risks to your data and information
  • Computers and computer networks
  • The dark web and deep web
  • Cyber security threats and threat actors
  • Impact on the Canadian and Global economies


Learning Outcomes

With an information and cyber security focus the participant will be able to:
  • Understand basic concepts and fundamentals of computers, networks, data, and information constructs
  • Describe the goal and issues with the WWW, dark web, deep web, threat actors and data breaches
  • Understand the global impact of information and cyber security threats



  • Managers leading teams who use technology
  • Personnel who need to understand information security, cyber security, cloud computing and AI
  • Personnel who need to recognize and manage computing, information, and cyber risks
  • Employees looking to understand computing basics that apply in their workplace
  • Project Managers required to work on information, cyber, AI projects



12 hours



  • Regular: $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Alan McCafferty is a Senior Business Analyst with 25+ years of progressive experience working with public organizations, not-for-profits, start-ups, and multi-national corporations.  Educated in Canada, the USA and Europe in multiple disciplines including Engineering, Business, Risk Management, and Lean 6 Sigma, he is the author of more than 25 white papers and the recipient of the Canada Award for Excellence. During his career, Alan has led the delivery of multi-year $1 billion+, mission critical information technology projects.  As a Cyber Security SME, Alan was key in the developed of the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute cyber security program and teaches several of the courses.  Alan has successfully completed IT, Security, Process, Threat Risk Assessments (TRA), Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), health and safety projects for federal government departments, provincial healthcare organizations and national not-for-profit organizations.  As a senior consultant, he uses his Lean 6 Sigma skills, along with his risk and security experience to help organizations implement low waste, and effective lean processes in areas such as information security management systems, business continuity, department security plans, quality management systems, health, and safety management systems.

Mark Hearn is a seasoned Business Leader and technical Product Management executive, bringing technology and business together to solve market problems for over 25 years. Mark’s expertise in software security and anti-reverse engineering has helped industry leaders solve critical product security issues with innovation and minimized risk. As a product security evangelist, Mark has spoken at many industry conferences and engaged in panel discussions on the need to protect software products from attack. He is an expert on the business risks associated with reverse engineering and the critical impact that hacking could have for manufacturers, and for their customers. Mark has held executive roles in product management and strategic market development, developing expertise in both the business-critical and technical functions related to business strategy, use/abuse cases, technical requirements, competitive analysis, and security threat-risk analysis.



Event CodeTitleBegin DateEnd DateTermDelivery Method
S00012311AComputing Fundamentals and Cyber Security11/27/202311/30/2023AutumnOnlineRegister
S00012401AComputing Fundamentals and Cyber Security1/9/20241/12/2024WinterOnlineRegister
S00012403AComputing Fundamentals and Cyber Security3/25/20243/28/2024WinterOnlineRegister
S00012406AComputing Fundamentals and Cyber Security6/3/20246/6/2024SummerOnlineRegister