Understanding Cybersecurity Fundamentals

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2 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Create a Pathway to a Career in Cybersecurity

Embark on a transformative journey into the world of cybersecurity with our comprehensive course! Dive into cyber concepts, ethics, and the art of safeguarding yourself online. Delve into intriguing case studies that unravel the complexities of cyber ethics. Learn why security compliance is pivotal in cybersecurity and grasp privacy laws that matter in the cyber realm. Discover threats and master the art of risk management online. From Zero Trust to cloud security and beyond, explore the fascinating landscapes of IoT and physical security. Uncover the secrets of identifying network threats and unraveling their mysteries. Moreover, unlock a treasure trove of cybersecurity career paths and certifications, setting the stage for your professional success. Elevate your understanding of the importance of networking within this dynamic field and seize countless opportunities through our curated resources. Join us and empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to navigate the thrilling world of cybersecurity!

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension unit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for participants who are either looking to obtain general knowledge in cybersecurity for a personal/business purpose, or those looking to get into the cybersecurity field.  No previous experience needed for this course.

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Course Date Units Price
CYBR-X825W – 003 03 Sep 202407 Oct 2024 2 $379

Understanding Cybersecurity Fundamentals

03 Sep 202407 Oct 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Michelle Moore

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What You Will Learn

  • Define cybersecurity terminology and the culture of cybersecurity
  • Differentiate IT security and compliance
  • Identify assets, risks, threats, and vulnerabilities, as well as techniques to mitigate them
  • Identify how security attacks impact business operations
  • Summarize cybersecurity ethics
  • Define roles and responsibilities in a cybersecurity organization


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Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.