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Cyber security issues are all around us and reach nearly every part of our business and work, from online banking and education to Facebook and Wi-Fi. Finally, you can get up to date on Cyber Security basics and fundamentals. Designed for non-technical managers, directors and others in the work place, you will find out about threats and vulnerabilities, safeguards, common attacks, viruses, malware and spyware, disaster recover planning, Intrusion Detection/Prevention, basic security architecture, introductory forensics, and cyber terrorism.
At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge needed to practice safer computing and safeguard your business and work information.

One month course, Stan Waddell, instructor  
Course Outline
Unit 1.
Introduction to Cyber Security
-What does "Cyber Security" mean?
-Brief history and evolution
-Commonly used Cyber Security terms and their meaning
-Cyber terrorism

Unit 2.
Threats and Vulnerabilities
-Viruses, malware and spyware
-Vulnerability Management 101
-Detection and Remediation

Unit 3.
Information Assurance - Staying safe
-Enterprise Risk Management
-Common Attacks
-Technical Controls
-Firewalls and encryption

Unit 4.
Disaster recover planning
-Intrusion Detection/Prevention
-Basic security architecture
-Introductory forensics
-Recovering data

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Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.

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It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

Next offering(s):
-Next session coming soon-

$195 USD

Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor

Stan Waddell

   Stan Waddell, is the Information Security Executive Director and Information Security Officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

   He oversees the security of the University’s electronic information, and is responsible for coordinating and ensuring that information security across the University is consistent with industry best practices and meets the University’s compliance obligations.

   Mr. Waddell is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Formerly he served as chief information security officer for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and coordinated all information security-related activities for the Medical Center, the University and its two hospitals, Zale and St. Paul University.

  Mr. Waddell also does extensive speaking and writing on the topic of cyber security.


What some students say:

"This class had a lot to offer and great information!" - Tony Hargett

"The links were appropriate and informative. The instructor was helpful and responsive." - Ian Fekete

Course Objectives

1. To gain a fundamental knowledge of what Cyber Security is and how it applies to your daily work
2. To gain an understanding of terms commonly used in Cyber Security such as “vulnerability”
3. To know how vulnerabilities occur and how to limit your exposure to them
4. To gain a fundamental understanding of what an attack is, and how to identify and prevent them from occurring
5. To provide the fundamental skills and understanding needed to identify Cyber Security threats

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

1. Possess a fundamental knowledge of Cyber Security 
2. Understand what a vulnerability is and how to address most common vulnerabilities
3. Know basic and fundamental risk management principles as it relates to Cyber Security
4. Have the knowledge needed to practice safer computing and safeguard your information
5. Understand basic technical controls in use today,such as firewalls and Intrusion Detection systems.
Completion Requirements