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Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Rochester Institute of Technology via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Cybersecurity
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Effort 6-8 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long

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Overview

In this introduction to the field of computing security, you will be given an extensive overview of the various branches of computing security. You will learn cybersecurity concepts, issues, and tools that are critical in solving problems in the computing security domain.

You will have opportunities to learn essential techniques in protecting systems and network infrastructures, analyzing and monitoring potential threats and attacks, devising and implementing security solutions for organizations large or small.

This offering is part of the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program that prepares students to enter and advance in the field of computing security.

Syllabus

Unit 0: Getting Started
Unit 1: Computing Security Concepts and Problems 1
Unit 2: Computing Security Concepts and Problems 2
Unit 3: Cryptography
Unit 4: Networking 1
Unit 5: Networking 2
Unit 6: Systems Administration
Unit 7: Detection and Prevention
Unit 8: Malware and Forensics
Unit 9: Conclusion​​

Taught by

Jonathan Weissman

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4.8 Based on 16 reviews

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Ridwan O
5.0 4 months ago
Ridwan completed this course.
Wao! I'm different from who I used to be after this course. Thanks to every one especially my instructor, Jonathan S. Weissman, who taught me Cyber Security Fundamentals. Jonathan brought meaning to the lecture and I learnt a lot. To be honest, that was my best class yet. What a memory!
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
First off, an enormous round of applause to the instructor Mr. Weissman and everyone else that worked on this amazing course. I personally filled several weeks of research to find the perfect curriculum on this subject, so I consider that, especially after completing this course, I am appropriately qualified to say this is by far the best course you can find, content alone, the fact that it's free only increases its impressiveness! The sessions are well thought out and explained exceptionally by Mr. Weissman and the optional hands on activities and additional resources give hours of additional…
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Ivan V
4.0 a year ago
Ivan audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
A good introduction course if you're coming to security from a non-IT background or want to go through some of the basics one more time before moving to more challenging courses. It doesn't go much in depth of the covered topics; I'd say it gives you “leads” on what you may want to learn on your own. For example, a video on encryption is less than two minutes long, but it mentions most of the essential things: symmetric vs. asymmetric, (3)DES, RC4, AES, RSA, etc.

I guess my take on the course's title would be “Things you need to be aware of before learning security (highlights) + some definitions.”

(They ask $150 for a certificate which is, in my opinion, wa-a-ay too much for this kind of course, but verified learners get two live Q&A sessions with the instructor and, I think, access to the private forum, so it may be worth it.)
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was my first course at RIT and I enjoyed every moment of it.

The videos are great. The reading material is varied and thus very enjoying to read. The hands-on exercises in the course are fun and very educational and I would have liked more of those.

The only negative was that a few of the web pages that were linked to were not working, but then again the end destination of those links are not controlled by RIT so it's probably to be expected.

Thanks again, and I make it through the next course.

Best regards

Fredrik Åhman
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Alessandra B
5.0 4 months ago
Alessandra completed this course.
I must deeply thank you Prof Weissmann for the high quality of your lessons and your extraordinary communicative skills: I have learnerd a lot, considering that I started as a total beginner, and I'm deeply interested in pursuing the next steps of the Cybersecurity MicroMaster. I hope to keep in touch with you in the future via Linkedin: a phrase in one of your e-mails to Edx students"Once you're my student, you're always my student" deeply touched me. Thanks again and hope to follow soon another of your courses. Best regards
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Malolan V
5.0 a year ago
by Malolan audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Amazingly organized, excellently presented, and great content. Honestly, one of the most professional looking course I have EVER taken in my life. The professor, is truly fantastic.He wears a super cool sweatshirt each lecture;the transitions,animations, and visualizations are AMAZING;and the course is extremely well organized.I highly recommend this course to anyone and everyone!!

Do however note that it takes about 1-4 hours a week and definitely not more than 4 hours.

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Luis R
5.0 4 months ago
Luis completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This has been a great course. It is a great introductory course for what follows in the Cybersecurity Micromasters degree, both for people who don't know the concepts or people who need a refresher. I learned several concepts I was not fully aware of. You make everything very simple to understand, and the additional notes/links for reading are very good and interesting. Thanks!
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Thomas O
5.0 4 months ago
Thomas completed this course.
Hello All, please I have been taking several online course but I can boldly say that the concept deployed on the administration of Cybersecurity Fundamental is superb! Great work to the team. I have started inviting more people to join the program. Others need to benefit from it too. I don't want to eat alone, so that I wont .... alone. Great job!
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Thomas O
5.0 4 months ago
Thomas completed this course.
The Best Online Teacher that I have met so far is Jonathan S Weissman. He makes the course so interesting and appealing to the students. The more one listens to him, the more you would want to still hear him teach. What a privilege to take his course. He is the man!
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Anonymous
5.0 12 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course. This is a well designed and exhaustive look at Networking, focused on laying the foundation for understanding the world of Cybersecurity. I enjoyed the course, and am taking the subsequent courses.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very inspiring. You get the full overall picture and enough details to take you to a new. Clear and thorough lectures. Complex topics explained in an easy, interesting and understandable way.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed all the learning material and specially the animations. I look forward to continuing learning about this amazing world of Cybersecurity.

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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.


Great course and really clear. Good online platform as well.

Good work from all the course development team.

Best way to develop our skill from home.
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Carl M
4.0 4 months ago
Carl completed this course.
Great course, great topic selection, great editing and most of all great instructor. The timing was OK and flexible

Thanks
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Salvador A
4.0 9 months ago
by Salvador completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The content is interesting for the most part, but I felt that the assessments were lacking. You watch the lectures, read stuff (the TCP/IP Guide readings come to mind) and do activities, but the exams hardly test your understanding. Most of the questions are the easy "what" type of questions, and barely go any deeper than that. As a result, I finished the course (with a 98% grade) without feeling like I have a solid understanding.
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Anjin H
5.0 a year ago
by Anjin partially completed this course.
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