A new free, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launching in early 2014 from The National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College aims to introduce educators, professionals and the general public to the evolving field of cyber operations and security.
Throughout the course, "Introduction to Cybersecurity" (Register), which begins on January 27, 2014, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity, progressing through eight modules consisting of video lectures, written assignments, interactive exercise and participation in social learning.
Enrolled students will learn about cybersecurity standards and law as well as common cyber attacks and the techniques for identifying, detecting, and defending against cybersecurity threats. They will also gain a basic understanding of personal, physical, network, web, and wireless security, as well as a foundation for more advanced study of cybersecurity.
An instructor will guide the students through each of the modules, moderate discussions and share expertise with the group.
"Cybersecurity is a dynamic field and the demand for educated cyber professionals will only continue to grow in the coming decades," said Dr. Jane LeClair, NCI's Chief Operating Officer. "We've been able to recruit some of the brightest minds in the field to develop a MOOC that will provide a thoughtful overview of cybersecurity and its many challenges, and hopefully spark further academic pursuit." The MOOC will include videos produced by Excelsior College with security industry expertise from Grey Castle Security.
With cyber-attacks cost the national more than $114 billion every year, 95 percent of business leaders nationwide in the health care, energy, finance and insurance sectors consider cybersecurity important or very important for their company.
Excelsior's MOOC will be administered by the Canvas Network.