Homeland security is about safeguarding the United States from domestic catastrophic destruction. Cybersecurity has emerged as a priority homeland security concern because a coordinated cyber attack against critical infrastructure could result in the worst catastrophe in the nation’s history. This specialization examines the cybersecurity problem, and takes a close look at what is being done to safeguard the United States from domestic catastrophic destruction by cyber attack. At the conclusion of this course, we hope learners grasp the central message that cybersecurity is essential to critical infrastructure protection, which is essential to homeland security, which is about safeguarding the United States from domestic catastrophic destruction.
Each course includes a corresponding learner's project. The projects are designed to assist learner's with developing and implementing a cybersecurity policy framework at their place of work. The project assignments are graded assessments. Learners must earn 100% on the projects to successfully complete this specialization.
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Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
This specialization includes approximately 60 hours of course material, of which about 20 hours is related to project work.
What background knowledge is necessary?
While there are no specific prerequisites for this specialization, it does assume some common understanding about computers and the Internet. Similarly, while this is mostly a non-technical course, it does require analytical and problem-solving skills on the part of the learner.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Learners are not required to take courses in any particular order, though we recommend the learner complete the courses in ascending numerical sequence.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Provided the learner meets minimum satisfactory grade requirements (i.e., 70% on course work & 100% on project work), they may apply for course credit through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Additional costs and requirements may be entailed.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
This course will provide insight and direction on developing and implementing a coherent cybersecurity program within an organization. The primary benefit of such a program is that will accommodate strategic planning, giving an organization a sense of where it is, where it's going, and how it can get there. It offers a means of managing your destiny.