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Specialization
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: This is Course 1 in a 4-course specialization. Estimated workload: 15-hours over 1-week....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 1: Domestic Catastrophic Destruction

Homeland security is about safeguarding the United States from domestic catastrophic destruction. Domestic catastrophic destruction comes in two forms: natural and manmade. For most of history, the manmade variety came in the form of warfare and required the combined resources of a nation state. In this module we examine two pivotal incidents that changed that calculus, and demonstrated how destruction once reserved to the power of nation states was wrested by non-state actors. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
About the Instructor9m
L1 The Origin of Homeland Security7m
L2 Weapons of Mass Destruction8m
L3 9/116m
Reading6 readings
Turning Point, pp3-10 & pp13-16 (Optional)10m
Tokyo Subway Attacks Lessons (Optional Video)10m
Turning Point, pp10-12 (Optional)10m
More About WMD (Optional Video)10m
We Have Some Planes (Optional)10m
9/11 Lessons Learned (Optional Video)10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
L1 Challenge Questions6m
L2 Challenge Questions6m
L3 Challenge Questions6m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 2: HS & DHS

This module tackles the question "what is homeland security", and offers a working definition to help guide the student to understanding. It also looks at the mission of the Department of Homeland Security as it relates to "Safeguarding the United States from Domestic Catastrophic Destruction". Also included in this module is course exam #1. Good luck!...
Reading
2 videos (Total 12 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
L6 DHS Missions4m
Reading4 readings
Homeland Security (Optional)10m
Challenging the Definition of Homeland Security (Optional Video)10m
DHS Evolution (Optional)10m
SecDHS Remarks on Unity of Effort (Optional Video)10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
L4 Challenge Questions6m
L6 Challenge Questions6m
Exam 130m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Module 3: Safeguarding Against Domestic Catastrophic Destruction

Manmade domestic catastrophic destruction comes in two known forms: 1) weapons of mass destruction, and 2) subverting critical infrastructure. This module looks at the nation's overall strategy for countering WMD, and protecting critical infrastructure. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 13 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
L8 Critical Infrastructure Protection7m
Reading3 readings
Counter WMD Strategy (Optional)10m
Critical Infrastructure Protection (Optional)10m
Why is Critical Infrastructure Critical? (Optional Video)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
L7 Challenge Questions6m
L8 Challenge Questions6m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 4: Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

As stated previously, homeland security is connected to cybersecurity through critical infrastructure protection. How this insight came about and what is meant by "cybersecurity" are the focus of attention in this module. Also included in this module is course exam #2 and related project assignment. Good luck!...
Reading
3 videos (Total 21 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
Video3 videos
L9 DHS Cybersecurity8m
L10 Cybersecurity Basics5m
Reading4 readings
Surpassing Disproportion (Optional)10m
Congressional Hearing (Optional Video)10m
DHS Cybersecurity (Optional)10m
TED Talk on Cybersecurity (Optional Video)10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
L5 Challenge Questions6m
L9 Challenge Questions6m
L10 Challenge Questions6m
Exam 230m
Making the Business Case4m
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By ABOct 17th 2017

Thank You Mr. Richard White for making a hard course seems easy and enlighten us specially about the "it's all about the terrorist" notion people have when it comes to Homeland Security.

By RBOct 9th 2018

This was a great course. I learned a ton and now have access to some great materials I didn't previously know about ahead of a job I am taking with DHS.

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Richard White

Assistant Research Professor
Computer Science

About University of Colorado System

The University of Colorado is a recognized leader in higher education on the national and global stage. We collaborate to meet the diverse needs of our students and communities. We promote innovation, encourage discovery and support the extension of knowledge in ways unique to the state of Colorado and beyond....

About the Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Specialization

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....
Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • 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. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • In the process of restructuring this specialization to conform with Coursera design guidelines, it was decided that Lesson 5 was more appropriate to Module 4 instead of Module 2. A lesson place mark was added to Module 2 to note the move. Otherwise, no lessons were forgotten or harmed in making this specialization.

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