About this Specialization
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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Skills you will gain

RansomwareCybersecurityInternet Of Things (IOT)Mobile Security
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

How the Specialization Works

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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.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Cybersecurity and Mobility

4.4
242 ratings
51 reviews
This course is for you if you are interested in transitioning toward a managerial role in cybersecurity and mobility. Through interviews with industry experts in this area, you will be able to analyze innovations powering the rapid spread of information technology and how they present new challenges for protecting data. For example, mobile devices increase convenience but often bypass traditional security measures. After this course, you will be able to describe how the nature of the threat evolves, as culprits employ a burgeoning set of sophisticated tools to take advantage of our growing reliance on networks for critical-data exchange. If you want to pursue a career in the public sector, the stakes are high as well. The proliferation of hackers, inevitable human errors, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, and the ever-broadening need to share information weigh heavily on government and education organizations, and consume substantial resources. The Pentagon, for example, has proposed to spend $23 billion on network security initiatives through 2018. This sounds like a large sum, until you consider the scope and importance of the U.S. government information resources this investment must protect. After completing the course modules you will be able to explain how yesterday’s prevention strategies are no longer adequate for stopping advanced, targeted attacks. Effective cybersecurity must be multi-dimensional and tiered, as threats can originate from virtually anywhere, target numerous levels of an organization, and sometimes persist for months or years before an information security staff is aware of an attack or breach. Therefore securing networks requires a holistic approach that incorporates several elements....
Course2

Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

4.4
218 ratings
63 reviews
Welcome! You may have heard about the Internet of Things (IoT). But you may also have wondered about what it is. Or for that matter, what does it mean to you or an organization. This course is for you if you are curious about the most recent trends and activities in the internet capabilities and concerns about programmed devices. There are complexities and areas of necessary awareness when the industrial sector becomes connected to your home. Security policies and practices have not yet caught up to the internet capabilities of some of our most common products. The “connected home”, “consumer wearables”, or even an employee’s HVAC system may cause an unanticipated threat to your business environment. You will explore current security and privacy related concerns in each of these areas. Every module will include readings, videos, case studies, and a quiz to help make sure you understand the material and concepts we talk about. This course offers a place to learn, reflect, and plan for a smart community approach to IoT. Portions of this course may seem extremely technical in nature. That is because the “things” in IoT represents engineering. Try to grasp the concept in that case....
Course3

Cybersecurity and the X-Factor

4.7
81 ratings
22 reviews
What is the X-Factor? In Cybersecurity, the X-Factor related to unknown and unpredictable human behavior within and outside of your organization. “No one really knows why humans do what they do”, (David K. Reynolds), and because of this organizations can be unprepared for malicious, untrained, or even best intentioned behavior that can cause alarm and sometimes irreparable harm. This course will introduce you to the types of training available to reduce the impact of the X-Factor, evaluate its effectiveness, explore the Security Education, Training and Awareness (SETA) program, and learn why it may fail. The course will conclude with information designed to assist you with some critical components for your business security program. Activities focused on hactivism, cyberinsurance, and ransomware will round out your knowledge base. Your team of instructors has prepared a series of readings, discussions, guest lectures, and quizzes to engage you in this exciting topic....
Course4

The Business of Cybersecurity Capstone

4.8
24 ratings
11 reviews
This course intends to make the student familiar with information security management. When you have finished with this course you will know more about: • Governance: including the mission, roles and responsibilities of the InfoSec governance function, and the strategic planning process and InfoSec’s role in the organization’s strategic planning effort. • You will understand the various types of InfoSec policies and how effective information security policy is created and used. • Risk management and the risk management process • Certain laws and ethical issues impacting information security in the organization. And some common information security management practices such as benchmarking and performance measures....

Instructors

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Michael Whitman, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP

Professor of Information Security
Information Systems
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Mr. Andy Green

Lecturer of Information Security and Assurance
Kennesaw State University - Department of Information Systems
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Dr. Humayun Zafar

Associate Professor of Information Security and Assurance
Information Systems
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Herbert J. Mattord, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, CDP

Associate Professor in Information Security and Assurance
Information Systems
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Dr. Traci Carte

Associate Professor Chair, Information Systems
Information Systems

About 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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