The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate is designed to help business owners develop an understanding of the basic concepts and technologies associated with a sound information security program. With an emphasis on cybersecurity, participants will learn to protect their systems through games, videos, interactive exercises, quizzes, and other engaging content.
Topics of major concern that are discussed throughout the course include big data, cloud implementations, and mobile computing. Learners will combine these with business concepts to better inform business decisions.
Learners can also expect an introduction to cloud-based services and the accompanying need for cloud security, followed by a series of real-world scenarios in which the learner must apply several of the concepts covered in the course.
Lastly, business owners will learn how to address common security challenges like phishing attacks, security for remote staff, password protection, mobile device and media usage, and response and recovery plans.
This 22-hour certificate program consists of the following four self-paced courses, which should be taken in order:
- Security Awareness: teaches participants to identify and prevent security breaches before they happen, spanning the facets of security awareness from in-office to remote security, email to phishing attacks, malware to ransomware, cloud to social media, and more.
- A Manager’s Guide to Information Technology: designed to help managers develop a solid understanding of the basic concepts and technologies that they will encounter in the information technology field. Learners in this course will expand their knowledge of IT through games, videos, interactive exercises, quizzes, and other engaging content.
- Introduction to Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity: This course is comprised of two modules. The first provides an introduction to cloud-based services and the accompanying need for cybersecurity. The second provides a series of real-world scenarios in which the learner must apply several of the concepts covered in the first module.
- Introduction to Malware: Malicious software, better known as malware, has become a central element not just in cybersecurity but in daily life. This course provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to malware and how to defend against it. The first module provides an overview of the history and mechanisms of malware. The second module offers a series of real-world scenarios in which the learner must apply several of the concepts covered in the first module.
Each course has an “Ask the Expert” feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible (usually within 24 hours). Participants must achieve average test scores of at least 70% to meet certificate completion requirements, and will have three attempts at all graded assessments. Students will have 1 year to complete the certificate.
This program does not have any prerequisites or require additional purchases of supplementary materials. Participation in the program requires high-speed Internet access and a valid email address.