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Network Security Fundamentals 1a: Introduction

Network Security Fundamentals 1a: Introduction


Have you seen news headlines about cyber data breaches or hacks? With so many businesses working hard to ensure that their data and their customers’ information stay safe and secure, it’s no wonder that careers in cybersecurity are in high demand. Learn what information security is, hackers, viruses, spyware, network systems, identifying potential vulnerabilities, protecting against attacks, and creating a disaster and response plan if breaches do occur. Could you be the security specialist that stops the next cyberattack?

  • Sometimes, it seems like you can’t go a day without hearing news about a data breach, computer intrusion, or some technology that a friend promises will change your life. Technology and connected devices definitely make society and our lives more productive and interesting! And yet, along with the good of every tool comes unintended consequences. Have you ever stopped to think about how all of our connected devices work? Have you ever thought about how much of your personal data has been recorded and where that information is stored? Over the duration of the course, we will dive into all of these issues and, most importantly, discuss how they function. Providing cybersecurity for modern-day networks is a challenge and a critical skill that will form the focus of our study in this course.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Define and gain an understanding of information security
    • Examine threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits and how they can be used by attackers
    • Explain how to build a layered defense for an organization
    • Investigate the types of controls used in the implementation of a security strategy
    • Discuss how data breaches occur and what their impacts are on organizations, organizational partners, and customers
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