Cybersecurity Specialization

to Build -- and Break -- a Secure System

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  • Specialization via Coursera and University of Maryland, College Park
  • $245 for 7-8 months
  • 3-5 hours a week of effort
  • 4 courses + capstone project
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To build -- and break -- a secure system
Credential Type
3-5 hours a week
7-8 months
This series will present students with a broad, multidisciplinary perspective on current topics in cybersecurity, with courses on cryptography, hardware security, software security, and usability, and a capstone course that puts them all together. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone project that allows you to apply the skills you've learned throughout the courses.
★★★☆☆ (9) 7 weeks 5th Feb, 2018
This course focuses on how to design and build secure systems with a human-centric focus. We will look at basic principles of human-computer interaction, and apply these insights to the design of secure systems with the goal of developing security measures that respect human performance and their goals within a system.
★★★★☆ (25) 6 weeks 5th Feb, 2018
This course we will explore the foundations of software security. We will consider important software vulnerabilities and attacks that exploit them -- such as buffer overflows, SQL injection, and session hijacking -- and we will consider defenses that prevent or mitigate these attacks, including advanced testing and program analysis techniques. Importantly, we take a "build security in" mentality, considering techniques at each phase of the development cycle that can be used to strengthen the security of software systems. Successful learners in this course typically have completed sophomore/junior-level undergraduate work in a technical field, have some familiarity with programming, ideally in C/C++ and one other "managed" program language (like ML or Java), and have prior exposure to algorithms. Students not familiar with these languages but with others can improve their skills through online web tutorials.
★★★★☆ (8) 7 weeks 22nd Jan, 2018
This course will introduce you to the foundations of modern cryptography, with an eye toward practical applications.
★★★☆☆ (11) 6 weeks 15th Jan, 2018
In this course, we will study security and trust from the hardware perspective. Upon completing the course, students will understand the vulnerabilities in current digital system design flow and the physical attacks to these systems. They will learn that security starts from hardware design and be familiar with the tools and skills to build secure and trusted hardware.
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 6 weeks 5th Sep, 2018
This course presents an intensive experience during which students build a software system they intend to be secure, and then attempt to show that other students' projects are insecure, by finding flaws in them.
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