Introduction to Cybersecurity

Course 1 of 4: Professional Certificate® in Essentials of Cybersecurity 4 Weeks 2–5 hours per week
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About this course

This course serves as an introduction to the exciting field of cybersecurity.

As our daily lives become more and more dependent on Internet-based tools and services, and as those platforms accumulate more of our most sensitive data, the demand grows for experts in the field of cybersecurity.

In this course, you will gain an overview of the cybersecurity landscape as well as national (USA) and international perspectives on the field. We will cover the legal environment that impacts cybersecurity as well as predominant threat actors.

 

What you’ll learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Define and use key terms and concepts in the field of cybersecurity;
  • Identify and distinguish threat actors and their motivations;
  • Match appropriate types of controls to the actions of different threat actors;
  • Describe the differences and interactions among international agencies related to cybersecurity;
  • Describe at least two potential legal challenges to cybersecurity in your country.

Prerequisites

Curiosity and interest in cybersecurity

 

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

Meet Your Instructors

Barbara Endicott-Popovsky headshot

Barbara Endicott-Popovsky

Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at University of Washington
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky is the director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. She also teaches cybersecurity in several University of Washington programs. Endicott-Popovsky is a member of several national committees shaping cybersecurity education. She earned her doctoral degree from the Center for Secure and Dependable Systems in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Idaho.
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Experience Level

Introductory

Learning Partner

University of Washington

Program Type

Professional Certificate

Subject

IT
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