Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains

This course is designed to introduce students, working professionals and the community to the exciting field of cybersecurity. Throughout the MOOC, participants will engage in community discourse and online interaction. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity and its domains. They will engage with expertly produced videos, gain insight from industry experts, participate in knowledge assessments, practice assessing their environmental awareness, and gain access to materials that address governance and risk management, compliance, business continuity and disaster recovery, cryptography, software development security, access control, network security, security architecture, security operations, and physical and environmental security. Learning will be assessed using strategies aligned to knowledge and understanding.

This course is eligible to be evaluated for Kennesaw State University course credit.

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  • Who Should Participate?

    Anyone can participate in the MOOC. You do not need prior experience in IT security to do well in this course. All you need is a willingness to learn. We will point you to relevant open and free resources to assist you.

  • What Will I Receive?

    Open Online Course: All participants have the option to audit this course at no charge. All elements of the course, except the graded assignments are available.

    Open Educational Resources: This course makes use of open educational resources, and we support the use of these resources and encourage their sharing.

    Course Certificate: Learners who are seeking formal recognition for successfully completing each of the levels of the Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains MOOC may do so by purchasing the Coursera Course Certificate for $49. This provides access to the graded assignments, as well as a digital course certificate that can be shared with your network. Financia Aid is available for learners who cannot afford the fee. Learn more and apply from within the course. 

    3 Hours of Undergraduate Credit: Participants who submit a Coursera Course Certificate have the option to leverage Credit by Exam (CBE) for undergraduate credit (fee-based). The MOOC exam must be supervised by a proctor using Kennesaw State University's ProctorU (fee-based). Details are available in the course. With satisfactory results, participants who have been accepted to Kennesaw State University* will receive 3-credit hours of transfer credit at Kennesaw State University for satisfying the requirements of ISA 3100. Credit is applicable to one of the undergraduate or certificate programs in Coles College of Business Information and Security Assurance program.

    *An award of university credit is contingent upon the following:

    Acceptance to Kennesaw State University as a degree or non-degree seeking student and acceptance to the undergraduate (ISA) certificate program in Coles College. Current KSU undergraduate students are eligible to receive credit without reapplication.

    Participants must establish a record of academic performance through enrollment at KSU. This is in addition to credit awarded for completion of the CyberSecurity MOOC. This is required for the course to be recorded and transcripted. Credit is only available for students enrolled in one of the programs. KSU does not act as a MOOC or transfer clearing house.

    Earning credit for the CyberSecurity and Its Ten Domains MOOC represents at least an 81% savings on tuition.

    A flow diagram of the MOOC to credit process is included in the course.

    ISA 3100: Principles of Information Security (3 Credit Hours) An introduction to the various technical and administrative aspects of Information Security and Assurance. This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. CBE score of 70 or above required.

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  • Who Should I Contact?

    Undergraduate ISA Program:

    Dr. Herb Mattord, ISA Program Coordinator
    470.578.4741 |

  • MOOC Instructors

    Humayun Zafar

    Dr. Humayun Zafar is an Assistant Professor of Information Security and Assurance, as well as Director of the Mobile App Development (MAD) Lab at Kennesaw State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His cyber security research has appeared in numerous journals and conferences. In 2014 he received an award from the Graduate School at Kennesaw State for his Research and Creative Activity. He routinely presents at professional conferences such as Mobility Live! and has appeared in the media numerous times for his expertise in the area of security and mobility. Check out his podcast here.

    In summer 2013 he designed the MAD Junior program to impart STEM knowledge to middle school students through creation of mobile games. He recently received multiple grants from Google (via the Tides Foundation) to continue with the program and partner with local non-profit agencies such as Computers For Youth (CFY) to encourage minorities to enroll in STEM programs.

    Over the years, Dr. Zafar has taught numerous online undergraduate and graduate courses that pertain to cyber security at Kennesaw State University.

    He is an avid tennis player and is pretty active on the marathon circuit.

    You may follow him on Twitter @TheRealDrZafar or check out his website for more information.



  • Additional Information

    Course production will include video testimony and best practice guidelines by industry experts, corporate partners, the University System of Georgia and Kennesaw State University information security leaders. A by-product of this initiative will be a high quality digital educational resource that can be leveraged for community outreach, corporate partner licensing, and matriculated student learning.

    Participants who successfully complete all levels and course assessments will be invited to apply to one of the Information Security and Assurance undergraduate or graduate certificate programs in the Coles College of Business. Please see "What Will I Receive" for additional information on the MOOC-to-Credit pathway program. All submitted materials must meet the standards of the Coles College evaluators to be awarded credit.


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