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Unlocking Information Security: Part ⅠⅠ

Tel Aviv University via edX

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Overview

Information Security is everywhere: as the world becomes more and more digitized, so it becomes more and more hackable. Cyber attacks, data breaches, and even cyber warfare are all very real - so it's infinitely important to understand how hackers think and act, and how you can fight back.

In this course, which is the second part of the Unlocking Information Security program, you will learn about the most critical vulnerability of all times - the buffer overflow. Then, you will turn your attention to the Internet: you'll start by learning about the inherent vulnerabilities lurking in the multiple layers of the Internet's protocol stack and then meet the first line of internet defenses. Next, you'll take an in-depth look at the modern cryptographic concepts that are at the core of internet security and discover the mathematical miracle that makes them possible.

With all this in mind, you will take a deep survey of the world wide web; understand the various technologies behind websites, how web servers and web browsers interact, how they can be attacked, and how they should be defended. Finally, you will learn about viruses, worms and trojans: what they are, how they spread, hide and attack, and the arms-race between them and the anti-virus industry.

This course was produced at Tel Aviv University by TAU Online - learning innovation center.

Taught by

Avishai Wool and Dan Gittik

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Reviews for edX's Unlocking Information Security: Part ⅠⅠ Based on 11 reviews

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The course is a fast-paced comprehensive coverage of the field of cryptography. It has helped me to understand various concepts involved and has started me on the way to learning Python. I have taken this course under Audit Track and would have taken it via the verified track in case the fee was lower say around 30 to 40 USD. The combination of experience(bald head like mine) and the youthful energy of the instructors is a great combination. Alas the final touch about the endless chapters of this game between attackers and defenders somehow reminds me of the great game played between Russian and British Empires around Pamirs.
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Really good course. It covers the basics of information security, but shows how it fits in today's world, not just theoretically. Videos are well thought and explanations super clear.

The course covers the most important and interesting topics of information security, and helps you connect all the dots between them. Since a lot of topics are covered, it helps you understand how the internet as we know works.

Practical exercises help you understand what you've just learned, by coding it in Python. Really helpful.

Thank you, I hope you do a Part III course!
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bit trick and don't like the course at all, too mathematical and theoretical, i prefer to do another hands on than learn how the light was invented. In the world of constant evolution and changes we cannot lose many time learning theoretical content, we need to exercise more the concepts by osmosis. I not recommend this course for persons trying to find skills in computer security as this is very theoretical and tedious for some IT persons. It's more a scientific level of how the things were invented.
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I enjoyed the hackxercises the most. I think for future courses it might be useful to consider beta testing the material as there were several errors in quizzes and exercises that were corrected during the course. This can be frustrating for some users and may lead to students dropping the course or not completing all the exercises.

Overall, I thought the course was excellent and well worth the time and cost for certification.

Thanks
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Great bit(e)-size overview of the more in depth concepts you need to know in order to understand cyber security. Real structured overview of these concepts together with some practical implementation and a real good set of samples to make the point and explain what it (can) mean(s) in practice.

If there is a next - third - course on this topic, I'm definitely in!
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This course is amazing, the course videos are fascinating as those in part I, the hack exercises are even more difficult, I wish more hints or related learning materials could be provided together with the exercises. Overall to say, this is a course I would definitely recommend to my friends who have interests in the topic of information security!!!
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Very high quality class. Help to understand complex problems in a very clear way. Videos are short, very clear and straight to the point. Relevant real world examples are provided for each security concept or attack. The supplementary material at the end of each chapter is very helpful to dig further.
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Part I and Part II of this course are the best technical online courses I have had so far, and I have had some of them!! I miss having some pdf notes. I would love if there were more advanced parts of this course. Thank you so much, it has been awesome!
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Thank you for the course. The course gives a simple explanation of the malwares affecting the computers and different risks involved in using the internet. As a user, I now more aware the on how to protect my computer and information.
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Very useful and simple to understand course. It gives the information about security techniques, networks and viruses, cryptography etc. It was highly interesting as well. Thanks for excellent lessons!
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I really enjoyed and learned a lot of new things in the course. It was a very knowledgeable and combination of interesting case studies
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