What is cybersecurity? What kinds of risks does it address? Who are the bad people and what do they want to accomplish? The goal of Cybersecurity Fundamentals is to explain the need for cybersecurity, the kinds of threats and risks that exist, where and how attacks occur and the basic approaches to mitigating risks via controls. Upon completion, students will be able to discuss the importance of cybersecurity and explain the reasoning behind the most common security and privacy practices.
This course focuses on the basic elements of cybersecurity, ethical behavior expectations and cybersecurity work roles. It describes common security terms and concepts, including basic system threats and attacks, the actors/agents that would perform them and addresses mechanisms that can be implemented to secure systems. The scenarios are loosely based on those found in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication, Computer Security Incident Handling Guide.