Cybersecurity Course Equips Professionals to Manage Risks


No individual, organization, or government is immune to cybercrime—from the Equifax hack, which exposed the personal data of half of all Americans and sent the company’s stock tumbling, to the massive data breach at Yahoo and increasing ransomware scams, cybercrime poses threats worldwide.

To help organizations protect valuable digital data, Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in collaboration with HarvardX and GetSmarter, is launching a new online course Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age,” which teaches how to understand, identify, and manage operational, litigation, financial, and reputation risk.

“Senior leaders in all sectors need to recognize that investing in additional cybersecurity skills and knowledge for their workforce is probably the most cost-effective way to mitigate cyber risk," says Eric Rosenbach, Course Convener and Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School. "I want professionals to come away from this course prepared to take a strong leadership role in improving cyber risk management within their own organizations."

Through the course’s interactive curriculum, students will design and develop an implementation plan for a cyber risk strategy and learn how to respond to cyberattacks in a way that mitigates additional risk.

Setting the course apart is its delivery through the GetSmarter platform, which offers a personalized approach to online learning through one-to-one support, cohort-based learning, and access to a premier certificate from HarvardX.

Registration for “Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age” is open until November 21, 2017.

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