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Arizona State University

Cybersecurity MasterTrack® Certificate

Arizona State University via Coursera MasterTrack


Build and practice essential cybersecurity skills by studying cryptography, software security, network security, and more from the #1 ranked school for innovation in the U.S.

Learn the theories, tools, and techniques used to protect and defend information and information systems.

In this program, you will complete a real module from the online Master of Computer Science program that will help you understand the field of Cybersecurity through the lens of computer systems and algorithms.

You will learn to protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation through protection, detection, and reaction practices.

You will select and complete three courses from the following list:
- Information Assurance and Security
- Applied Cryptography
- Software Security
- Advanced Computer Network Security
- Distributed & Multiprocessor OS
- Advanced Computer System Security

By committing to online study for 6-9 months, you can earn the Cybersecurity MasterTrack Certificate which serves as a pathway to the online Master of Computer Science degree at Arizona State University.


Course 1: Information Assurance and Security
- This course will provide basic and comprehensive understanding of the problems of information assurance (IA) and security, possible solutions to these problems, especially the security of information on computers and networks. This course will focus on the IA technology as well as IA policy, management, legal, and ethical issues. Specific topics covered include: - IA Basics: Overview, security, and privacy principles and strategies, mission assurance, physical and personal security, formal methods, contingency and disaster recovery planning. - IA Management: IA policies, certification and accreditation, authentication protocols and access control, administrative security controls, risk analysis, and management. - IA in Information System and Application Development: IA in outsourcing, open-source software, health-care, service-based and cloud computing. - IA and Social Aspects: Laws and regulations related to IA and security, legal and ethical issues, and IA in social media.

Course 2: Applied Cryptography
- Cryptography provides the underlying security methods for the web and many other computer applications. This course covers the design usage of cryptographic protocols for online and offline computing applications. Assuring the quality, validity and privacy of information is one of the key applications of Cryptography. Applications of cryptography span from signatures and certificates to trustless multiparty computations. Specific topics covered include: - Large numbers, random numbers, hash functions, and number theory. - Encryption methods and common ciphers. - Password storage and password cracking - Authentication, key exchange, and man in the middle (MITM) attacks. - Secure messaging, Kerberos and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Level Security (TLS). - RSA and why it works. - Advanced cryptographic protocols. - Anonymity, money, and secure election algorithms.

Course 3: Software Security
- This course provides an understanding of the theories, tools, and techniques to identify, exploit, and mitigate software security vulnerabilities in the network, binary, and web levels. You will study vulnerability classes to understand how to protect software and how to secure software. We will also cover the history of software security, and ethical considerations. This course will focus on a hands-on approach: In addition to understanding vulnerability classes, you will be required to identify and exploit vulnerabilities. Specific topics covered include: - History of Software Security - Software Security Ethics - Network Security - Application Security - Web Security

Course 4: Advanced Computer Network Security
- Focusing on the areas of applied cryptography, system security, and the principles and practices of network security, this course explores the necessary tools, techniques, and concepts of network security for modern computer networks. The course’s coverage of advanced network security includes both cutting-edge technologies and research topics, primarily at the MAC layer and above. The course not only provides you with exposure to burgeoning areas of network security but also hands-on experience using the tools essential for computer network and cybersecurity today and in the future. Specific topics covered include: - Public key and symmetric key based cryptography - Access control models - Network security policies - Authentication protocols - Secure protocol standards - Public Key Infrastructure and its development trends - Virtual Private Network and its restrictions - Attack graphs and attack trees - SDN/NFV based Security Solutions - Cloud network security - ML and AI for computer network security - Moving target defense in computer networks - Key management (Public key, shared key, group key, distributed key management)

Course 5: Distributed & Multiprocessor OS
- This course will teach both the fundamental concepts and principles of distributed systems and the practical skills for developing distributed systems. Specific topics covered include distributed systems architecture, communication, coordination, and consistency and replication.

Course 6: Accelerated Applied Security
- This course will teach you the countermeasures to attacks to computer systems from miscreants (or hackers) and basic topics of cryptography and network security.

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