A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
What background knowledge is necessary?
Know one high level programming language, basic Unix system commands, and discrete mathematics in particular the number theory.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes. MOOC1 covers security design principles and concepts. Learning it first will help understand basic security terms which are used in other MOOCs and how the principles and basic security services are applied in various situations. MOOC2 helps the learners understanding the basic cryptography and related crypto API to create secure web app. These knowledge help learners assess the hacking and patching skill/tools needed in MOOC3. MOOC4 should be done last since it integrates all cyber security knowledge to implement security policies and their enforcement procedures for hardening a networked systems.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
At this time, this Specialization is not credit bearing. At a future time, this content may contribute in part towards university credit. Please note that additional costs and requirements may be entailed once credit is offered.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You should be able to create public/private keys, certificate requests, install/sign/verify them for web server and client authentication, secure emails, and code signing.
You should be able to write secure web apps with Crypto API to implement the confidentiality, integrity, and availability basic security services.
You should be able to hack web applications with Command Injection and SQL Injection vulnerabilities and patch them.
You should be able to apply penetration testing tool to exploit vulnerable systems.
You should be able to use hashcat softare and AWS P3 GPU to crack passwords using dictionary attacks and mask patterns.
You should be able to configure firewall and IDS for secure network systems using AWS VPCs.
You should be able to specify effective security policies and implement efficient enforcement procedures by applying security design principles for securing network systems.
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