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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.  

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Cybersecurity

Lesson 2: Basic Network Security

Lesson 3: The Principles of Network Administration

Lesson 4: Understanding TCP/IP and Wireless Networks

Lesson 5: Risk Mitigation

Lesson 6: Security Risks Associated with Integrating Systems

Lesson 7: Basic Incident Response and Forensics

Lesson 8: The Importance of Security Training

Lesson 9: Malware and Cyber Attacks

Lesson 10: Cyber Attacks and Mitigation Techniques

Lesson 11: Addressing Security Vulnerabilities in a Network

Lesson 12: Network Application and Client-Side Security Techniques

Lesson 13: Information and Data Security

Lesson 14: Authentication and Access Services and Controls

Lesson 15: Encryption and Cryptography

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a brief quiz and assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
  • Know principles of network administration.
  • Describe risk mitigation.
  • Know 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.
  • Know addressing security vulnerabilities in a network.
  • Describe authentication and access services and controls.
  • Know encryption and cryptography techniques and best practices, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment5
Lesson 1 Quiz10
Lesson 2 Assignment5
Lesson 2 Quiz9
Lesson 3 Assignment5
Lesson 3 Quiz10
Lesson 4 Assignment5
Lesson 4 Quiz10
Lesson 5 Assignment5
Lesson 5 Quiz10
Lesson 6 Assignment5
Lesson 6 Quiz10
Lesson 7 Assignment5
Lesson 7 Quiz10
Lesson 8 Assignment5
Lesson 8 Quiz10
Lesson 9 Assignment5
Lesson 9 Quiz10
Lesson 10 Assignment5
Lesson 10 Quiz10
Lesson 11 Assignment5
Lesson 11 Quiz11
Lesson 12 Assignment5
Lesson 12 Quiz10
Lesson 13 Assignment5
Lesson 13 Quiz10
Lesson 14 Assignment5
Lesson 14 Quiz10
Lesson 15 Assignment5
Lesson 15 Quiz10
The Final Exam78
Total Points:303

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