About this Specialization

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Cryptography is an essential component of cybersecurity. The need to protect sensitive information and ensure the integrity of industrial control processes has placed a premium on cybersecurity skills in today’s information technology market. Demand for cybersecurity jobs is expected to rise 6 million globally by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million, according to Symantec, the world’s largest security software vendor. According to Forbes, the cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. In this specialization, students will learn basic security issues in computer communications, classical cryptographic algorithms, symmetric-key cryptography, public-key cryptography, authentication, and digital signatures. These topics should prove useful to those who are new to cybersecurity, and those with some experience.
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Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.

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. 4 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Classical Cryptosystems and Core Concepts

4.6
stars
164 ratings
43 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Mathematical Foundations for Cryptography

4.6
stars
113 ratings
27 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Symmetric Cryptography

4.5
stars
100 ratings
17 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Asymmetric Cryptography and Key Management

4.6
stars
111 ratings
14 reviews

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  • 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 includes approximately 90 hours of course material, of which about 20 hours is related to project work.

  • While there are no specific prerequisites for this specialization, it does assume some proficiency in logic and mathematics. Similarly, while this is mostly a non-technical course, it does require analytical and problem-solving skills on the part of the learner.

  • Learners are not required to take courses in any particular order, though we recommend the learner complete the courses in ascending numerical sequence.

  • Provided the learner meets minimum satisfactory grade requirements (i.e., 70% on course work & 100% on project work), they may apply for course credit through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Additional costs and requirements may be entailed.

  • This course will provide insight and direction on developing and implementing a coherent cybersecurity program within an organization. The primary benefit of such a program is that will accommodate strategic planning, giving an organization a sense of where it is, where it's going, and how it can get there. It offers a means of managing your destiny.

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