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Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Future (Coursera)

This course takes a look at the future of cybersecurity with respect to what is being done to lessen the potential for catastrophic destruction resulting from cyber attack on critical infrastructure. In this respect, we take a short survey of potential technological solutions and response options. We conclude this module by taking a look at unique aspects of the cyber profession and personal considerations for those who want to make cybersecurity a career.

Course 4 of 4 in the Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Specialization.

Who is this class for: This course was designed for learners who currently work in the cybersecurity career field, are interested in working in the cybersecurity career field, or are just curious about the topic. While there are no specific prerequisites for this course, 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. This course provides a general overview of cybersecurity as it relates to critical infrastructure protection and homeland security. In addition to examining various cybersecurity policies as they apply to the water, electricity, aviation, and Internet infrastructures, this course relates those practices to the broader mission of critical infrastructure protection identifying “who’s who and what do they do”. This course seeks to demonstrate the intimate relationship between homeland security and cybersecurity. If you are ready to pry open that Pandora’s box, then this course is for you. I look forward to seeing you in the lectures. Cheers!



Module 13: Assessing Risk & Future Options

There is no cure for cyber attack and there is no absolute security. Accordingly, all cybersecurity entails risk management. In this module we will take a closer look at risk management and begin looking at alternatives to the cybersecurity problem.


Module 14: Responding to Cyber Attack

This module examines the cyber response capabilities of DHS and DoD. Also included in this module is course exam #7. Good luck!

Graded: Exam 7


Module 15: Escaping the Cyber Trap

This module examines legal issues related to cyber crime and cyber surveillance. It also examines how critical infrastructure might eventually evolve and become immune to cyber attack.


Module 16: Cyber Profession & Career

In this module we will take a look at the cyber profession and your future in the cyber career field. Also included in this module are the remaining course exam and project, and a comprehensive final exam. Please take your time and carefully consider your answers. Again, I wish you the best of luck. Cheers! Less

Graded: Exam 8

Graded: Building Cybersecurity Capability

Graded: Final Exam