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University of Maryland, College Park

Cybersecurity for Everyone

University of Maryland, College Park via Coursera


Cybersecurity affects everyone, including in the delivery of basic products and services. If you or your organization want to better understand how to address your cybersecurity, this is the course for you and your colleagues to take -- from seasoned professionals to your non-technical colleagues.

Your instructor, Dr. Charles Harry, has served on the front lines with the NSA (National Security Agency) and as an expert advising corporate and institutional leaders on managing cybersecurity risk. And he brings a rare and engaging perspective to help you learn cybersecurity from the ground up.

Cybersecurity for Everyone lays the groundwork to understand and explore the key issues facing policy makers attempting to manage the problem of cybersecurity, from its technical foundations to the domestic and international policy considerations surrounding governance, privacy, and risk management, to applications for achieving the goals of an enterprise, an institution, or a nation. This course is designed for students with some or no background in information technology, whether a novice or active in the cybersecurity field (engineers and computer scientists will learn the broader context and business aspects of cybersecurity), and will provide the principles to understand the current debates shaping a rapidly evolving security landscape.


  • Cybersecurity for Everyone: Defining Cyber, Security, and Cybersecurity Policy (Week 1)
  • Cybersecurity for Everyone: Evolution of the Internet (Week 2)
  • Cybersecurity for Everyone: Global Telecommunications Architecture and Governance (Week 3)
  • Cybersecurity for Everyone: Threat Actors and Their Motivations (Week 4)
  • Cybersecurity for Everyone: The Hacking Process (Week 5)
  • Cybersecurity for Everyone: End Effects - Direct and Indirect Consequences (Week 6)

Taught by

Charles Harry


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  • Muhammad Shoaib Tahir
    Highly recommended this course because I think this is necessary for everyone who use social media and technology

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