About this Specialization

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There are a growing number of exciting, well-paying jobs in today’s security industry that do not require a traditional college degree. Forbes estimates that there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions in the industry worldwide by 2021! One position with a severe shortage of skills is as a junior cybersecurity analyst. Throughout this specialization, you will learn concepts around cybersecurity tools and processes, system administration, operating system and database vulnerabilities, types of cyber attacks and basics of networking. You will also gain knowledge around important topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. The instructors are architects , Security Operation Center (SOC) analysts, and distinguished engineers who work with cybersecurity in their day to day lives at IBM with a worldwide perspective. They will share their skills which they need to secure IBM and its clients security systems. The completion of this specialization also makes you eligible to earn the IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity IBM digital badge. More information about the badge can be found here: https://www.youracclaim.com/org/ibm/badge/cybersecurity-it-fundamentals-specialist Want to see if this is a good career fit for you? IBM is collaborating with MyInnerGenius to help you find out which careers in IT you will love -- careers that are a great match for you -- regardless of your education or experience -- even if you’ve never considered a role in IT.
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
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

Introduction to Cybersecurity Tools & Cyber Attacks

4.5
stars
3,466 ratings
956 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security

4.6
stars
1,238 ratings
257 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Cybersecurity Compliance Framework & System Administration

4.6
stars
710 ratings
135 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Network Security & Database Vulnerabilities

4.7
stars
760 ratings
162 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 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.

  • It typically takes between 2 to 4 months to complete the 4 courses. But some learners may go through the content faster.

  • No previous cybersecurity knowledge is required, but basic computer usage is recommended.

  • No, although recommended.

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