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Beginner Level
Approx. 7 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Module 1: Domestic Catastrophic Destruction

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 36 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
About the Instructor9m
L1 The Origin of Homeland Security7m
L2 Weapons of Mass Destruction8m
L3 9/116m
6 readings
Turning Point, pp3-10 & pp13-16 (Optional)10m
Tokyo Subway Attacks Lessons (Optional Video)10m
Turning Point, pp10-12 (Optional)10m
More About WMD (Optional Video)10m
We Have Some Planes (Optional)10m
9/11 Lessons Learned (Optional Video)10m
3 practice exercises
L1 Challenge Questions6m
L2 Challenge Questions6m
L3 Challenge Questions6m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Module 2: HS & DHS

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 12 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
2 videos
L6 DHS Missions4m
4 readings
Homeland Security (Optional)10m
Challenging the Definition of Homeland Security (Optional Video)10m
DHS Evolution (Optional)10m
SecDHS Remarks on Unity of Effort (Optional Video)10m
3 practice exercises
L4 Challenge Questions6m
L6 Challenge Questions6m
Exam 130m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Module 3: Safeguarding Against Domestic Catastrophic Destruction

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 13 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
L8 Critical Infrastructure Protection7m
3 readings
Counter WMD Strategy (Optional)10m
Critical Infrastructure Protection (Optional)10m
Why is Critical Infrastructure Critical? (Optional Video)10m
2 practice exercises
L7 Challenge Questions6m
L8 Challenge Questions6m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Module 4: Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 21 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
3 videos
L9 DHS Cybersecurity8m
L10 Cybersecurity Basics5m
4 readings
Surpassing Disproportion (Optional)10m
Congressional Hearing (Optional Video)10m
DHS Cybersecurity (Optional)10m
TED Talk on Cybersecurity (Optional Video)10m
5 practice exercises
L5 Challenge Questions6m
L9 Challenge Questions6m
L10 Challenge Questions6m
Exam 230m
Making the Business Case4m

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About the Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Specialization

Homeland security is about safeguarding the United States from domestic catastrophic destruction. Cybersecurity has emerged as a priority homeland security concern because a coordinated cyber attack against critical infrastructure could result in the worst catastrophe in the nation’s history. This specialization examines the cybersecurity problem, and takes a close look at what is being done to safeguard the United States from domestic catastrophic destruction by cyber attack. At the conclusion of this course, we hope learners grasp the central message that cybersecurity is essential to critical infrastructure protection, which is essential to homeland security, which is about safeguarding the United States from domestic catastrophic destruction....
Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

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  • In the process of restructuring this specialization to conform with Coursera design guidelines, it was decided that Lesson 5 was more appropriate to Module 4 instead of Module 2. A lesson place mark was added to Module 2 to note the move. Otherwise, no lessons were forgotten or harmed in making this specialization.

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