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Hours to complete

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Cybersecurity Concepts and Security Principles

In this module, we will introduce the basic cyber security concepts, enable you to identity root causes of vulnerabilities in a network system and distinguish them from the threats from both inside and outside. We will analyze the enabling factors of recent cyber attack incidences and discuss the basic security services for their defense and triage. We will introduce the risk management framework for analyzing the risks in a network system, and apply the basic security design principles to protect the data and secure the computer systems. Trust is critical and in the center of any secure systems. We will examine the source and authenticity of the programs and data installed in systems we used daily and show the proper way to check their integrity, and verify their authenticity. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 48 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Lesson 1. Vulnerabilities and Threats11m
Method, Opportunity, and Motive5m
Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability13m
Risk, Risk Assessment and Method of Defense7m
Security Principles: Defense in Depth, Defense with Diversity, Cyber Resilience6m
Reading5 readings
Cybersecurity Concepts10m
M.O.M.10m
C.I.A.10m
NIST RMF10m
Defense in Depth10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Exam 1.1. Assess Cybersecurity Concepts and Security Principles Learned42m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Protect Data Access and Verify Source of Trust

In this module we apply principle of least privileges for controlling the proper access given to users and system process. We will demonstrate such an access control by using an example of project document access control using the Unix file access mechanism. We use OPM data breach example to show the impact and the need for principle of adequate data protection. Trust is critical and in the center of any secure systems. We will examine the source and authenticity of the programs and data installed in systems we used daily and show the proper way to check their integrity, and verify their authenticity. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 25 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Principle of Adequate Data Protection5m
In Software We Trust. Really?9m
Reading3 readings
Apply Principle of Least Privileges for Access Control20m
Inside the Cyberattack that Shocked the US Government", by Brendan Koerner on OPM breach20m
also good to add some additional reading beyond the slides20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Exam 1.2. Assess How to Protect Data Access and Verify Source of Trust22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Using GPG to Sign/Verify Software

In this module, we introduce GPG software tool for generating public key private key pair for signing/verifying the documents and to encrypt documents, and publish our public key on our web server and PGP key server for others to retrieve. We will use GnuPG software tool to verify the common opensource software packages such as apache and putty. We will also learn how to sign software and the proper way to list the software package, their pgp signature, and our signing public key on a web site....
Reading
3 videos (Total 30 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Verify Software Integrity and Authenticity8m
Web of Trust10m
Reading3 readings
The GNU Privacy Handbook30m
Making and verifying signatures20m
How to send/receive encrypted email with GnuPG20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Exam 1.3. Assess the skill of using gpg to sign and verify software.20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Be a CA, Setup Secure Server and Client Certificate

In this module, we will learn the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), how CA operates, and the certificates signing and verification process. We will utilize the utility command in a Linux system to serve as a CA for an organization, learn how to sign certificate request for clients or servers both secure email or secure web access purpose. We will earn how to generate server certificate requests as a webmaster, send them to CA for signing and install the signed certificates in Apache web server for secure web access. We will also set up apache web server for requiring clients to present their client certificates for mutual authentication. We will also guide you to set client certificate on browser for mutual authentication and on a mail client for signing and encrypting emails....
Reading
6 videos (Total 71 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
What are in a Certificate?8m
Being Your Own CA21m
Server Certificate and Installation13m
Setup Client Certificate7m
Client Server Mutual Authentication8m
Reading5 readings
Verisign15m
Secure Web Access15m
Server Certificates15m
Client Certificates20m
Example of Mutual Authentication15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Exam 1.4. Assess PKI Concepts and Certificates Creation/Signing with PKI20m
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Top Reviews

By LBMar 8th 2018

The course is excellent in terms of syllabus and objectives. IN my view, it would be even better if there were more explanations about the practical exercises

By SBSep 21st 2018

This is well organised course its a great assets to my profile.

Instructor

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Edward Chow

Professor
Computer Science

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About the Fundamentals of Computer Network Security Specialization

This specialization in intended for IT professionals, computer programmers, managers, IT security professionals who like to move up ladder, who are seeking to develop network system security skills. Through four courses, we will cover the Design and Analyze Secure Networked Systems, Develop Secure Programs with Basic Cryptography and Crypto API, Hacking and Patching Web Applications, Perform Penetration Testing, and Secure Networked Systems with Firewall and IDS, which will prepare you to perform tasks as Cyber Security Engineer, IT Security Analyst, and Cyber Security Analyst. The learning outcomes of this specialization include: you should be able to create public/private keys, certificate requests, install/sign/verify them for web server and client authentication, secure emails, and code signing. you should be able to write secure web apps with Crypto API to implement the confidentiality, integrity, and availability basic security services. you should be able to hack web applications with vulnerabilities and patch them. you should be able to apply penetration testing tool to exploit vulnerable systems. you should be able to crack passwords given the hashes in password file using AWS P2 GPU. you should be able to configure firewall and IDS for secure network systems you should be able to specify effective security policies and implement efficient enforcement procedures by applying security design principles for securing network systems....
Fundamentals of Computer Network Security

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