Cybersecurity: Developing a Program for Your Business Specialization

Cybersecurity is an essential business skill for the evolving workplace. For-profit companies, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations all need technologically proficient, business-savvy information technology security professionals. In this Specialization, you will learn about a variety of processes for protecting business assets through policy, education and training, and technology best practices. You’ll develop an awareness of the risks and cyber threats or attacks associated with modern information usage, and explore key technical and managerial topics required for a balanced approach to information protection. Topics will include security of mobile platforms, securing the Internet of Things, security as a product of the human factor, and security governance and management practices.

This Specialization consists of three courses and a capstone, which can be taken in succession, or independently. The courses included in this Specialization are:

  • Cybersecurity and Mobility
  • Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things
  • Cybersecurity and the X-Factor
  • The Business of Cybersecurity Capstone

Please visit the Specialization page for more information.

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  • 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 course in Cybersecurity: Developing a Program for Your Business Specialization may do so by purchasing the Coursera Course Certificate for $79 per course, or $284 if courses are purchased together. This provides access to the graded assignments, as well as a digital course certificate that can be shared with your network. Financial Aid is available for learners who cannot afford the fee. Learn more and apply from within the course.  

    • Traci Carte, Ph.D.

      Chair and Associate Professor

      Department of Information Systems

    • Herbert Mattord, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, CDP

      Associate Professor in Information Security and Assurance

      Department of Information Systems

    • Michael Whitman, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP

      Professor of Information Security

      Department of Information Systems

    • Humayun Zafar, Ph.D.

      Associate Professor of Information Security and Assurance

      Department of Information Systems

    • Andy Green, M.S.

      Lecturer of Information Security and Assurance

      Department of Information Systems

  • This Specialization covers the fundamentals of cybersecurity in the organization at a beginners level. It is beginners level because no prior experience or courses in Information Systems, Information security and Assurance, Cybersecurity, or Information Technology are necessary. However, it is a college-level course in which learners are expected to critically analyze the subject matter and apply it to their workplace scenarios.