About this Specialization

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The Cybersecurity Specialization covers the fundamental concepts underlying the construction of secure systems, from the hardware to the software to the human-computer interface, with the use of cryptography to secure interactions. These concepts are illustrated with examples drawn from modern practice, and augmented with hands-on exercises involving relevant tools and techniques. Successful participants will develop a way of thinking that is security-oriented, better understanding how to think about adversaries and how to build systems that defend against them.
Learner Career Outcomes
43%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean
Learner Career Outcomes
43%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
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.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Usable Security

4.5
stars
1,997 ratings
478 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Software Security

4.6
stars
1,078 ratings
236 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Cryptography

4.5
stars
679 ratings
134 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Hardware Security

4.1
stars
415 ratings
74 reviews

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University of Maryland, College Park

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