About this Specialization

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It seems anymore that you can't listen to the news without hearing of a data breach. You may have heard it said before that there are 2 types of companies out there, the ones who have been breached and those who will be breached. Defending against attackers who want to compromise assets can seem like an arduous task, but learning how attacks work and more importantly how to defend against those attacks can be very fulfilling. This specialization is designed to introduce you to practical computer security by teaching you the fundamentals of how you use security in the business world. This course is for those who want to understand how to defend computer systems and assets from attackers and other threats. It is also for those who want to understand how threats and attacks are carried out to help better defend their systems. This specialization is designed for senior business leaders to middle management and system administrators, so they can all speak the same language and get a better handle on their organization's security. Additionally, the course material may help you in passing some industry leading computer security examinations such as Security+ and CISSP.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
60%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
40%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Cybersecurity for Business

4.7
stars
655 ratings
159 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Cyber Threats and Attack Vectors

4.7
stars
447 ratings
104 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Detecting and Mitigating Cyber Threats and Attacks

4.7
stars
277 ratings
59 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Proactive Computer Security

4.6
stars
171 ratings
41 reviews

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  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more. Online Degrees and Mastertrack™ Certificates on Coursera provide the opportunity to earn university credit.

  • The course within the specialization can be accomplished in 4-5 weeks with each week being 3-4 hours of study. If you have hands on experience with some of the concepts, you may be able to shorten the time spent on learning.

  • This is an introductory specialization. Learners will learn the fundamentals of many aspects of system management.

  • No, you do not have to take the courses in a specific order, however, key concepts are introduced in order.

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