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Free Short Course: Applying Law to Emerging Cyber Dangers

Cyber danger is emerging as one of the biggest organisational threats today, especially with the major impact the proliferation of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT) has on the workplace and educational institutions.

This short introductory course teaches students the basic principles of applying the law to emerging cyber dangers, how best to collect, preserve and present evidence to law enforcement agencies and or lawyers for civil litigation, what international mechanisms are available to law enforcement agencies, and will also familiarise students with the legislation applicable to combat cyber dangers.

This short course will run over 5 weeks in March and April 2016 and is free to undertake.

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Course Schedule

(Recordings of the Webinars will be available if you are unable to make the live event)

Week 1:

Emerging Cyber Dangers

Course begins
15th March 2016

Students will get an introduction to emerging cyber dangers, including:

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy shift
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • State-supported hacking (including rogue states)
  • Running Scenario: Each week, students will be able to apply the skills to a ‘live scenario’ cyber threat that will unfold during the short course and contribute in a weekly forum as to how they would handle such a threat.

Week 2:

Collecting Evidence

  • Collecting evidence for criminal and civil litigation
  • Maintaining electronic evidence integrity  
  • Criminal Or Civil Referral
  • Running Scenario, part 2 (Forum-Based)

Week 3:

Mutual Assistance


The role of Commonwealth Attorney General’s Mutual Assistance Department, Mutual Assistance Legislation, and AFP International Police to Police protocols.

  • Overview of Central Authority (AG’s)
  • Mutual Assistance legislation
  • AFP International Liaison Network
  • AFP police to police protocols (Intelligence)
  • The difference between evidence and intelligence in seeking information from overseas government agencies
  • Extradition Act
  • Running Scenario, part 3 (Forum-Based)

Week 4:

Presenting the Electronic Evidence

  • Referring the matter to the AFP
  • Presenting evidence in accordance with Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution Guidelines
  • Running Scenario, part 4 (Forum-Based)  

Week 5:

Exam Week

12th-19th April
  • Final Exam
  • Forums scenario wrap up and overall feedback as to scenario solution
  • Running Scenario Answer (Forum-Based)

Course Information Q&A

Question 1: What is the aim of this short course?

The aim of the short course is to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via Online Education with Charles Sturt University.

Question 2: Who will present the webinars?

The Webinars will be presented by Bradley Deacon.

Brad completed his Masters by Thesis: “Evolving Digital Technology Terrorist Financing & The Threat To U.S National Security” at the American Military University in West Virginia. He is a founding member of the AFP Computer Crime Unit in Sydney, and was part of the team that obtained Australia’s first hacking jail sentence. Brad’s policing career has been focused on terrorist financing that requires transnational investigations.

As well as lecturing for Charles Sturt University and IT Masters for the last two years, Brad has been coordinating, preparing and delivering a ten-day intensive International Money Laundering Prosecution & Counter Terrorism seminars for visiting international Senior Prosecutors and Government Officials from Vietnam and China. He also provides families and school children free cyber safety advice and consults with small business on social media management, Open Source Intelligence and online reputation management, and has provided keynotes at bullying conferences.

Question 3: Is there a final exam?

Yes – week 5 is exam week. The exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer. It can be sat at any time during the week, but only one attempt is allowed. Those who pass our exam will receive a certificate of achievement for the short course, from IT Masters and Charles Sturt University.

Question 4: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

Students who pass the exam during the examination week will receive a certificate of achievement. After the initial exam week, the exam will be opened up for resits, but no more certificates will be issued.

Question 5: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Completion of the course can qualify for credit in to the Charles Sturt University degrees featured on this website. Please see our information page here.

Question 6: Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No – all materials will be supplied to you.

Question 7: Will the sessions be recorded, posted and accessible later if I was unable to attend a lecture?

Yes – the sessions will be recorded and you will be able to access them if you miss the live event.