Cybersecurity Specialization

Started Sep 18

Cybersecurity Specialization

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Construction of Secure Systems

About This Specialization

The Cybersecurity Specialization covers the fundamental concepts underlying the construction of secure systems, from the hardware to the software to the human-computer interface, with the use of cryptography to secure interactions. These concepts are illustrated with examples drawn from modern practice, and augmented with hands-on exercises involving relevant tools and techniques. Successful participants will develop a way of thinking that is security-oriented, better understanding how to think about adversaries and how to build systems that defend against them.

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5 courses

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Courses
Intermediate Specialization.
Some related experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Usable Security

    Current session: Sep 18 — Nov 13.
    Commitment
    7 weeks of study, 5-8 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    This course focuses on how to design and build secure systems with a human-centric focus. We will look at basic principles of human-computer interaction, and apply these insights to the design of secure systems with the goal of developing security measures that respect human performance and their goals within a system.
  2. COURSE 2

    Software Security

    Current session: Sep 18 — Nov 6.
    Commitment
    6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English, Korean

    About the Course

    This course we will explore the foundations of software security. We will consider important software vulnerabilities and attacks that exploit them -- such as buffer overflows, SQL injection, and session hijacking -- and we will consider defenses that prevent or mitigate these attacks, including advanced testing and program analysis techniques. Importantly, we take a "build security in" mentality, considering techniques at each phase of the development cycle that can be used to strengthen the security of software systems. Successful learners in this course typically have completed sophomore/junior-level undergraduate work in a technical field, have some familiarity with programming, ideally in C/C++ and one other "managed" program language (like ML or Java), and have prior exposure to algorithms. Students not familiar with these languages but with others can improve their skills through online web tutorials.
  3. COURSE 3

    Cryptography

    Upcoming session: Oct 2 — Nov 27.
    Commitment
    7 weeks of study, 4-7 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    This course will introduce you to the foundations of modern cryptography, with an eye toward practical applications.
  4. COURSE 4

    Hardware Security

    Upcoming session: Sep 25 — Nov 20.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    In this course, we will study security and trust from the hardware perspective. Upon completing the course, students will understand the vulnerabilities in current digital system design flow and the physical attacks to these systems. They will learn that security starts from hardware design and be familiar with the tools and skills to build secure and trusted hardware.
  5. COURSE 5

    Cybersecurity Capstone Project

    Starts September 5
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Capstone Project

    This course presents an intensive experience during which students build a software system they intend to be secure, and then attempt to show that other students' projects are insecure, by finding flaws in them.

Creators

  • University of Maryland, College Park

    The University of Maryland inspires, supports and promotes entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation among faculty, staff and students.

    The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

  • Michael Hicks

    Michael Hicks

    Professor
  • Jennifer Golbeck

    Jennifer Golbeck

    Director
  • Gang Qu

    Gang Qu

    Associate Professor
  • Jonathan  Katz

    Jonathan Katz

    Professor, University of Maryland, and Director, Maryland Cybersecurity Center

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