Online Class: Cybersecurity 101

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Course Description

Cybersecurity is defined as the steps and processes taken to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from unauthorized access that can result in theft or damage.  Small and large companies alike put cybersecurity measures into place to protect their network, as well as to restrict employees from visiting websites that may compromise sensitive data.   It's just as important as any measures a company takes to secure their trade secrets or physical assets from being compromised. 

In this course, you will receive beginner training in the field of cybersecurity.  This training is ideal for those new to the field, but interested in pursuing a career.  This course covers the many areas of cybersecurity that you'll need to gain employment, including network security, cloud security, system security, network infrastructure, protocols, and encryption. 

You will learn various security concepts and protocols including:

  • The types of hardware used in computer networks
  • Basic network design
  • TCP/IP, Common TCP protocols and port numbers
  • Best practice for wireless networks
  • Best practice for remote users
  • Subnetting
  • Network administration principles
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Forensic procedures
  • Incident response procedures
  • The types of cyber attacks and how to prevent them
  • The types of wireless attacks, application attacks, and injection attacks
  • About phishing and other social engineering methods
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability testing
  • Hardware Security
  • Virtualization
  • Encryption and Cryptography
  • And more.

You do not need any special programs or equipment to take this course.   Everything that you need to learn the material and meet the requirements are provided in the lessons.  Although the goal of this course is not preparation for certification exams that might be needed to gain employment, it provides the groundwork for future studies or the potential for entry level work in smaller companies.  

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Cybersecurity

This course was created to train anyone interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity. It was designed for beginners. Anyone who has used computers or the internet to surf websites and explore social media, as well as check and receive email will be able to understand and complete the course. No previous experience or knowledge is required. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The most common types of cyber attacks; Building a cybersecurity career
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Basic Network Security

In this lesson, we are going to learn about firewalls, proxies, and switches, as well as a few other elements important to protecting a network. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: 10 things to consider when buying a router
  • Review 3 Videos: What is a Firewall?; Stateful firewall; How does a switch work
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: The Principles of Network Administration

In this lesson, we are going to discuss the basic tasks of network administration within a larger company. We will continue to learn more about firewalls, routers, and switches, and learn why the configuration of hardware and software used to secure a network is so important. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to secure your router and home network; What is a VPN?
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Understanding TCP/IP and Wireless Networks

In this lesson, we are going to learn about TCP and IP and how they relate to cybersecurity. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: Introduction to Network Protocols; IP Examined; IP 101: The Basics of IP Addresses; IPV4 Tutorial; What You Need to Know about IPv6
  • Review Video: IP Addressing and How it Works
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Risk Mitigation

It is important to create policies that reduce the risk to your organization. Policies are lists of rules. Procedures are put into place based on the policies. If the procedures are followed, the rules will be followed and the policies upheld. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to manage the computer-security threat; The Very Real Threat Of Ransomware
  • Review Video: Risk Management: Computer Security Lectures 2014/15
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Security Risks Associated with Integrating Systems

In today's world, there are more than a few social media platforms. Twitter and Facebook are perhaps the most popular. It is critical that your company controls the information that is shared on these social networks to make sure private or sensitive data is not shared or leaked. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Revealing network threats, fears; Managing Third-Party Vendor Risk; Six network security checks to mitigate the risk of data security breaches; Consumerization of IT: Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation Strategies and Good Practices
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Basic Incident Response and Forensics

In this lesson, we will talk about how to prepare for and respond to incidents. We will also discuss basic forensic procedures used to preserve evidence. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Responding to IT Security Incidents; Types of Cybercrime Acts and Preventive Measures; How Cyber Criminals Operate; How To Prevent Cyber Crime
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: The Importance of Security Training

Staff needs to be trained so they know how to handle any security issue that arises, even if they do not think of it as a security issue. It is especially important to train them on how to handle personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, or addresses. Training is critical so they do not disclose that information to unauthorized users. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: How to Prevent Cyber Crime By Training Your Employees; Phishing Attack Prevention: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams; Network Security Concepts and Policies; Establishing a Clean Desk Policy
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Malware and Cyber Attacks

Malware is any malicous program that is installed in a server or machine. They are several types of malware but for the purpose of this course, we are going to start out by discussing some of the basic types. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: What are the most common types of malware?; Types of Phishing Attacks; Phishing Techniques
  • Review Video: 15 Different Kinds of Malware
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Cyber Attacks and Mitigation Techniques

We are going to continue talking about different types of cyber attacks in this lesson, as well as give you some mitigation and deterrent techniques to help prevent some attacks. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Types of Wireless Network Attacks; A Review of Bluetooth Attacks and How to Secure Mobile Workforce Devices; What are Injection Attacks
  • Review Video: Ethical Hacking Tutorials - 50 - What is LDAP ?
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Addressing Security Vulnerabilities in a Network

A vulnerability is defined as a weak spot in your network that could be exploited by a threat such as an attacker. If a security team does not take the time to identify and fix vulnerabilities in a network, then that network becomes open to data loss, data theft, corruption, and downtime. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Risks on Your Network; Network security: Common threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation techniques; Network security assessment: 10 tools you can't live without; Penetration Testing Overview
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Network Application and Client-Side Security Techniques

This lesson focuses on security techniques for both applications, clients, and hardware. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Web Application Security: Methods and Best Practices; What is application security
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: Information and Data Security

It is not enough to use and configure the proper network devices, controls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. We must also take steps to protect the data by taking measures to secure it just as diligently as we secure everything else on the network. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Data Loss Prevention Guide: Learn Data Loss Tips; Data in motion vs. data at rest; The Start-to-Finish Guide to Securing Your Cloud Storage; 6 security risks of enterprises using cloud storage and file sharing apps
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Authentication and Access Services and Controls

Authentication is the process of keying in a username and password to access a network or its data. There are several types of authentication services out there but all share the same purpose. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: What is Authentication Service?
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: Encryption and Cryptography

Encryption is the process in which data is converted into a code to prevent it from being eavesdropped on by unauthorized users or attackers. It is used to guarantee the confidentiality and integrity of data. Cryptography is the process of writing these encryption codes. You can also say that cryptography is the process of converting plain text into ciphertext. 93 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what cybersecurity means what why it is important.
  • Describe basic network security.
  • Summarize principles of network administration.
  • Describe risk mitigation.
  • Summarize security risks associated with integrating systems.
  • Determine basic incident response and forensics.
  • Describe the importance of security training.
  • Describe malware and cyber attacks.
  • Describe cyber attacks and mitigation techniques.
  • Summarize addressing security vulnerabilities in a network.
  • Describe authentication and access services and controls.
  • Summarize encryption and cryptography techniques and best practices, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Cybersecurity 101
Course Number: 9770499
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (970 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Computer Skill (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $55.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $80.00

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