Online Class: Cybersecurity 101

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.

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Course Description

Cybersecurity Fundamentals: Safeguarding the Digital Frontier

In an era where the digital realm is deeply intertwined with our daily lives, the value of robust cybersecurity cannot be overstated. It stands as the fortress between our invaluable data and the incessant tide of cyber threats, ensuring the sanctity of our digital identities, assets, and the very fabric of our businesses. It's not just about defending from threats—it's about building a resilient, agile digital world.

Welcome to our comprehensive course on cybersecurity fundamentals—a meticulously designed portal to the world of digital safeguarding. Perfect for novices with an eagerness to delve into the realm of cybersecurity, this course offers a holistic exploration of the field, setting you on the path of becoming a sought-after professional in an ever-evolving industry.

Dive into a plethora of topics that will arm you with the knowledge you need:

  • The Digital Blueprint: Understand the intricate hardware underpinning computer networks and the nuances of network design.
  • Communication Codex: Master the essence of TCP/IP, get acquainted with common TCP protocols, and grasp the significance of port numbers.
  • Wireless Wisdom: Equip yourself with best practices for securing wireless networks and ensuring the safety of remote users.
  • Subnet Savvy: Demystify the realm of subnetting and the principles of network administration.
  • Threat Landscape: From cyberattacks to wireless breaches, application onslaughts to injection attacks—know your enemy, their tactics, and their weaknesses.
  • Social Engineering: Unmask the deceptive world of phishing and its kin, learning how to spot and stop these cunning threats.
  • Test & Triumph: Understand the intricacies of penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, and refine your defense mechanisms.
  • Crypto Corner: Embark on the cryptic journey of encryption and cryptography, the coded guardians of our data.

Unlike traditional courses, we ensure a seamless learning experience, free from the hassles of acquiring special software or equipment. While our primary objective isn't to prime you for specific certification exams, we lay a solid foundation upon which you can build, be it for further advanced studies or kickstarting a rewarding career in this crucial domain.

Enroll today and embark on a riveting journey to decipher, defend, and dominate the cyber realm. With every module, you'll be one step closer to becoming the vanguard of the digital world. Join us and be a beacon of security in the vast expanse of cyberspace.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
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  • 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. Additional lesson topics: Cybersecurity essentials:; Building a cybersecurity career; The most common types of cyber attacks 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: How does a switch work; What is a Firewall?; Stateful firewall; Several things to consider when buying a router 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: How to secure your router and home network; What is a VPN?; NAC 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: IPV4 Tutorial; IP Addressing and How it Works; IP Examined; What You Need to Know about IPv6; Introduction to Network Protocols; IP 101: The Basics of IP Addresses 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: The Very Real Threat Of Ransomware; How to manage the computer-security threat; Risk Management: Computer Security Lectures /15 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Six network security checks to mitigate the risk of data security breaches; Revealing network threats, fears; Consumerization of IT: Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation Strategies and Good Practices 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Types of Cybercrime Acts and Preventive Measures; How to Prevent Cyber Crime; Responding to IT Security Incidents; How Cyber Criminals Operate 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Phishing Attack Prevention: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams; Network Security Concepts and Policies; How to Prevent Cyber Crime By Training Your Employees; Establishing a Clean Desk Policy 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: 15 Different Kinds of Malware; Phishing Techniques; What are the most common types of malware? 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: What are Injection Attacks; Types of Wireless Network Attacks; A Review of Bluetooth Attacks and How to Secure Mobile Workforce Devices 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Network security: Common threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation techniques; Network security assessment: Several tools you can't live without; Identifying Vulnerabilities and Risks on Your Network; Penetration Testing Overview 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Network Application and Client-Side Security Techniques

This lesson focuses on security techniques for both applications, clients, and hardware. Additional lesson topics: Web Application Security: Methods and Best Practices; What is application security 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Data Loss Prevention Guide: Learn Data Loss Tips; Several security risks of enterprises using cloud storage and file sharing apps; The Start-to-Finish Guide to Securing Your Cloud Storage; Data in motion vs. data at rest 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: What is Authentication Service?; Implementing Security Access Control SAC 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Cybersecurity 101
Course Number: 9770499
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (1,521 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: October 2023
Course Type: 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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course is fantastic! I learned a lot from it, although I know about computers, I was cybersecurity illiterate before this course." -- Gamal G.
  • "This course was great. I liked the vocabulary. There were terms I have heard before but never really understood and this course clarified things for me." -- Sonny T.
  • "This course has enlighten me to understand how important cyber security is, and all the pro's and con's that take part in being secure. I really enjoyed this course. Thank you." -- Phyllis J.
  • "I thought the course was very informative. I learned a lot. Thank you!" -- Lisa K.
  • "This course was very helpful. Learned a lot of things that I did not know." -- Cristina G.
  • "A very good course overall. I knew a lot before the course but definitely learned some new stuff." -- Benny M.
  • "As a beginner in this domain of activity, I found this course easy to understand and very helpful." -- Gabriel C.
  • "I like the course. I have a better understanding of cyber security." -- Danil L.
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