About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Design and Analyze Secure Networked Systems

3.8
40 ratings
12 reviews
In this MOOC, we will learn the basic cyber security concepts, how to identify vulnerabilities/threat in a network system. We will apply CIA basic security services in the triage of recent cyberattack incidents, such as OPM data breach. We will learn 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 computer systems. We will examine the trustworthiness of programs and data installed in our systems and show the proper way to verify their integrity and authenticity. We will apply principle of least privileges for controlling the shared access given to different groups of users and system processes. On Amazon Cloud instances, we will use GnuPG software to generate public/private key pair for signing/verifying documents and open source software, and for encrypting documents. We will learn how to publish software, the related signature and release key on web server and publish public key to PGP key server for others to retrieve. We will learn Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Linux utility to serve as a CA for an organization, learn how to sign certificate request for clients or servers in secure email and web applications....
Course2

Basic Cryptography and Programming with Crypto API

3.9
9 ratings
3 reviews
In this MOOC, we will learn the basic concepts and principles of crytography, apply basic cryptoanalysis to decrypt messages encrypted with mono-alphabetic substitution cipher, and discuss the strongest encryption technique of the one-time-pad and related quantum key distribution systems. We will also learn the efficient symmetric key cryptography algorithms for encrypting data, discuss the DES and AES standards, study the criteria for selecting AES standard, present the block cipher operating modes and discuss how they can prevent and detect the block swapping attacks, and examine how to defend against replay attacks. We will learn the Diffie-Hellman Symmetric Key Exchange Protocol to generate a symmetric key for two parties to communicate over insecure channel. We will learn the modular arithmetic and the Euler Totient Theorem to appreciate the RSA Asymmetric Crypto Algorithm, and use OpenSSL utility to realize the basic operations of RSA Crypto Algorithm. Armed with these knowledge, we learn how to use PHP Crypto API to write secure programs for encrypting and decrypting documents and for signing and verify documents. We then apply these techniques to enhance the registration process of a web site which ensures the account created is actually requested by the owner of the email account....
Course3

Hacking and Patching

3.8
30 ratings
9 reviews
In this MOOC, you will learn how to hack web apps with command injection vulnerabilities in a web site of your AWS Linux instance. You will learn how to search valuable information on a typical Linux systems with LAMP services, and deposit and hide Trojans for future exploitation. You will learn how to patch these web apps with input validation using regular expression. You will learn a security design pattern to avoid introducing injection vulnerabilities by input validation and replacing generic system calls with specific function calls. You will learn how to hack web apps with SQL injection vulnerabilities and retrieve user profile information and passwords. You will learn how to patch them with input validation and SQL parameter binding. You will learn the hacking methodology, Nessus tool for scanning vulnerabilities, Kali Linux for penetration testing, and Metasploit Framework for gaining access to vulnerable Windows Systems, deploying keylogger, and perform Remote VNC server injection. You will learn security in memory systems and virtual memory layout, and understand buffer overflow attacks and their defenses. You will learn how to clone a Kali instance with AWS P2 GPU support and perform hashcat password cracking using dictionary attacks and known pattern mask attacks....
Course4

Secure Networked System with Firewall and IDS

3.3
7 ratings
1 reviews
In this MOOC, we will focus on learning how network systems are secured using firewalls and IDS. This will include understanding the basic components of network security, constructing a dual-firewall DMZ, and defining security policies to implement and enforce these rules. Building upon these lessons we will go in-depth on the popular Linux firewall. Finally we will learn about Network IDS and Host IDS, including a deep dive into Snort....

Instructor

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Edward Chow

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....

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • 16 weeks.

  • Know one high level programming language, basic Unix system commands, and discrete mathematics in particular the number theory.

  • Yes. MOOC1 covers security design principles and concepts. Learning it first will help understand basic security terms which are used in other MOOCs and how the principles and basic security services are applied in various situations. MOOC2 helps the learners understanding the basic cryptography and related crypto API to create secure web app. These knowledge help learners assess the hacking and patching skill/tools needed in MOOC3. MOOC4 should be done last since it integrates all cyber security knowledge to implement security policies and their enforcement procedures for hardening a networked systems.

  • 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 Command Injection and SQL Injection vulnerabilities and patch them.

    You should be able to apply penetration testing tool to exploit vulnerable systems.

    You should be able to use hashcat softare and AWS P3 GPU to crack passwords using dictionary attacks and mask patterns.

    You should be able to configure firewall and IDS for secure network systems using AWS VPCs.

    You should be able to specify effective security policies and implement efficient enforcement procedures by applying security design principles for securing network systems.

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