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IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Specialization

There are a growing number of exciting, well-paying jobs in today’s security industry that do not require a traditional college degree. Forbes estimates that there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions in the industry worldwide by 2021! One position with a severe shortage of skills is as a junior cybersecurity analyst.

In this Specialization*, developed by IBM, you will learn concepts around cybersecurity tools and processes, system administration, operating system and database vulnerabilities, types of cyber attacks and basics of networking. You will also gain knowledge around important topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. The instructors are architects , Security Operation Center (SOC) analysts, and distinguished engineers who work with cybersecurity in their day to day lives at IBM with a worldwide perspective. They will share their skills which they need to secure IBM and its clients security systems.

*WHAT IS A SPECIALIZATION?
A Specialization is a group of (4-10) courses including a hands-on Capstone Project that helps you master a certain skill. Once you successfully complete all the required courses including the Capstone, you will earn the Specialization Certificate from Coursera and IBM, which you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
This is a beginner level specialization for anyone interested in starting a career as a junior Cyber Security Analyst. No prior experience is required.

WHAT DOES THE CLASS LOOK LIKE?
• All online
• Self-Paced Learning
• 53 learning hours must be completed within 3.5 months (~4 hours per week). Faster completion is possible.
• Course Videos & Readings
• Graded Quizzes
• Graded Assignments with Peer Feedback
• Capstone Project

Course Prerequisites

• Age 18 and up.
• Saudi nationals or individuals whose spouse or mother is Saudi.
• Very good English proficiency (especially reading and writing).
• Regular access to a computer with good online connection.
• Complete all steps in the admissions process.
• Payment of course fee (if accepted).
• You may apply to more than one program, but you will only be accepted in one (based on your application). If you really prefer one program, you should only apply to that program.
• You may not apply to this program if you are already enrolled in another Misk Academy program (due to the amount of work).

What You Will Learn

• Discuss the evolution of security based on actual events.
• List various types of malicious software.
• Describe key cybersecurity concepts including the CIA Triad, access management, incident response and common cybersecurity best practices.
• Identify key cybersecurity tools which including firewall, anti-virus, cryptography, penetration testing and digital forensics.

Available Sessions

Technology

IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Specialization, Online

Location
Registration deadline: 15 August
Duration.
3.5 Months
Dates
August 23 - December 12

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