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About the Course

This course covers a wide variety of IT security concepts, tools, and best practices. It introduces threats and attacks and the many ways they can show up. We’ll give you some background of encryption algorithms and how they’re used to safeguard data. Then, we’ll dive into the three As of information security: authentication, authorization, and accounting. We’ll also cover network security solutions, ranging from firewalls to Wifi encryption options. The course is rounded out by putting all these elements together into a multi-layered, in-depth security architecture, followed by recommendations on how to integrate a culture of security into your organization or team. At the end of this course, you’ll understand: ● how various encryption algorithms and techniques work as well as their benefits and limitations. ● various authentication systems and types. ● the difference between authentication and authorization. ● how to evaluate potential risks and recommend ways to reduce risk. ● best practices for securing a network. ● how to help others to grasp security concepts and protect themselves....

Top reviews


Apr 9, 2022

Great course for beginners and experts. Easy to understand and a good refresher for those who have been into IT for a long date. Recommend it to everyone looking for a high quality course on coursera.


Apr 25, 2018

Great course that is full of useful information and presented in an easy to understand way. It's an awesome beginner course that will add to your knowledge and further your knowledge of IT security.

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By Jasmine M

Feb 18, 2019

This was a good course, it challenged me and contributed to my growing knowledge of IT security.

By Hans

Aug 12, 2018

A+++ Learned about how to secure yourself in an internet driven world is always an asset to have

By Khanyisa M

Dec 1, 2021

Great course! I highly recommend it if you want to want to know the basics about cybersecurity.

By Achmad S

Mar 3, 2021

Amazing program. A lot of new skills that i get and i can directly implement it into real world

By Tyler D

Jan 11, 2021

Very information dense, overhead explanation of cyber security and the infrastructure involved.

By Eugene B

Oct 21, 2020

Excellent material and it really gave me an understanding of why security is important to have.

By Sneha. M

Sep 15, 2020

great course!! love this as it helped me to learn and know more in depth about about networks !

By Muhammad S R

Jun 6, 2020

Fantastic course with lots of IT security info. Enjoyed a lot. Thanks to all instructors a lot.

By Dakhel A D A

Jul 30, 2021

Amazing course i recommend it to everyone to have knowledge about the tech and cyberattacks :)

By Trevor T T

Jul 15, 2021

T​he security part of the google it support certificate is by far the most fun and interesting

By Mangalan G

Dec 20, 2020

Very useful for fundamental level IT Security here i got more interesting valuable experience.

By Jason A

Nov 16, 2020

I have learned so much and I now have the confidence to continue my education in the IT field.

By Jordan C

Oct 3, 2019

I thought this was a great eye opener into how to protect yourself and others against hackers.

By Tayyab K

Jan 31, 2019

Great course. Very Detailed. Covered every aspect of IT security. I will recommend this course

By Emmanuel H

Jan 27, 2019

Great course and learned a lot from this course. Also a very relevant and interesting subject.

By Robert L

Dec 31, 2021

This course covered all areas of IT Security to have a good understanding of what it entails.

By Umar K

Jul 4, 2021

Great course, really helped me with security problems and types also the understanding of it.

By Grey S

Apr 1, 2021

Really enjoyed everything about this section. Probably my favorite part of the entire course.


Sep 1, 2020

Thank you Coursera...!

This was great journey and great experience..

Thank you google..!


By Russ H

Jul 6, 2018

I really enjoyed this course! Great overall coverage ob security. I would like to learn more!

By Bruno G E

Dec 18, 2020

Excelente curso donde se aprende muchísimo sobre todo el area de seguridad de la información

By Shreya P

Jun 15, 2020

It was a wonderful course with some enlightening information on IT Security. Happy Learning!

By Kevin J

Jun 4, 2020

This course was intense! I really feel prepared for a world of technology and success ahead!

By Sajan K

May 30, 2020

I loved the practice quiz it was very thorough and helped me revise what i learned recently.

By sandeep b

Mar 21, 2018

this course covered lot of technical stuff including real work scenarios and problem solving