Cybersecurity is an essential business skill for the evolving workplace. For-profit companies, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations all need technologically proficient, business-savvy information technology security professionals. In this Specialization, you will learn about a variety of processes for protecting business assets through policy, education and training, and technology best practices. You’ll develop an awareness of the risks and cyber threats or attacks associated with modern information usage, and explore key technical and managerial topics required for a balanced approach to information protection. Topics will include mobility, the Internet of Things, the human factor, governance and management practices.
About this Specialization
100% online courses
Approx. 3 months to complete
100% online courses
Approx. 3 months to complete
How the Specialization Works
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.
Earn a Certificate
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.
Herbert J. Mattord, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, CDPAssociate Professor in Information Security and Assurance
University System of Georgia
The University System of Georgia is composed of 28 higher education institutions including 4 research universities, 2 regional universities, 12 state universities, 13 state colleges and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The Georgia Public Library System, encompassing 61 library systems throughout Georgia, is also part of the University System.
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
There are three courses and one capstone course. Each course will last approximately 4 to 5 weeks. The capstone is expected to take 5 to 6 weeks to complete.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This Specialization covers the fundamentals of cybersecurity in the organization at a beginners level. It is beginners level because no prior experience or courses in Information Systems, Information security and Assurance, Cybersecurity, or Information Technology are necessary. However, it is a college-level course in which learners are expected to critically analyze the subject matter and apply it to their workplace scenarios.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We highly recommend taking the courses in order as each course builds on elements learned in the previous course. However each course may also act as stand-alone and you are welcome to register for each individually if you have previous learning experience in that subject area.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Currently this course offers no college credit, but this is subject to change.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
This specialization will help the learner understand the ever-changing field of cybersecurity and its impact on the business environment. Learners will begin this specialization by learning current trends in mobile technology and how organizational policy is critical to maintain information security. Next, learners will be introduced to devices that support computer-to-computer interaction and how these devices can become "soft entry" points for hackers. The third course illustrates the "X-Factor" or the human influence in technology. Finally, learners will consider best practices in order for organizations to secure their networks. In terms of careers, future managers and leaders will need to learn about cybersecurity and the risk environment that results. This specialization will better position learners to enter into jobs that require strategic thought, organizational planning, and risk impact analysis. Cybersecurity is often overlooked in these areas. The specialization will prepare you to address those future needs and support your organization in cybersecurity awareness and risk mitigation.
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