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Cyber Threats and Attack Vectors (Coursera)

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Data breaches occur nearly every day. From very large retailers, down to your fantasy football website, and anywhere in between, they have been compromised in some way. How did the attackers get in? What did they do with the data they compromised? What should I be concerned with in my own business or my systems? This course is the second course in the Practical Computer Security. It will discuss types of threats and attack vectors commonly seen in today’s environment.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but threats are all over the place! This course isn’t designed to insight fear that there is no hope for keeping systems and business secure, but rather educate you on how attacks are carried out so that you have a better sense of what to look out for in your business or with your systems.

Who is this class for: This course is for everyone who wants to understand how computer attacks are carried out and what to watch out for if you have information that you need to protect. This course is for those individuals that are looking to be able to discuss computer security with their colleagues and superiors and offer suggestions on what to look out for. The project at the end of the course will also allow you to investigate data breaches and be able to determine where attacks came from and how they were carried out. This course will help you identify and classify attack vectors and how to protect yourself, your business, and your systems from attacks.

Course 2 of 4 in the Cybersecurity for Business Specialization

Syllabus

WEEK 1

THREATS AND ATTACK VECTORS IN COMPUTER SECURITY

Welcome! This week we’ll explore users and user based attacks. User based attacks are common because it may be easier to compromise a human rather than a computer.

Graded: Week 1 – User based attacks

WEEK 2

Network and system based attacks

Threats against networks and systems are the most common type of attack method. This week will explore these concepts.

Graded: Week 2 – Network and system based attacks

WEEK 3

Cloud Security

You use the cloud every day; you may not even realize it! This week will focus on the cloud and security surrounding cloud and cloud services.

Graded: Week 3: Cloud Security

WEEK 4

Common Vulnerabilities

The week will focus on common vulnerabilities that systems face and how they work.

Graded: Week 4: Common Vulnerabilities

WEEK 5

Data Breaches

Data breaches occur daily. Sometimes they are announced right away, other times they are found out months after the compromise. This week will focus on the course project.

Graded: How data breaches are found out

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