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Defending and Securing Systems

Course

In this course, students will be exposed to a diverse group of technologies that will provide or enhance the skills needed to enter the cybersecurity field. Students will apply best practices of Defense in Depth to secure computer systems, use outputs from security incidents to analyze and improve future network security, and search internal systems to determine network vulnerabilities. Students will also learn how to recommend mitigations to address common application vulnerabilities and ensure fundamental encryption techniques for securing data at rest and in transit.

In this course, students will be exposed to a diverse group of technologies that will provide or enhance the skills needed to enter the cybersecurity field. Students will apply best practices of Defense in Depth to secure computer systems, use outputs from security incidents to analyze and improve future network security, and search internal systems to determine network vulnerabilities. Students will also learn how to recommend mitigations to address common application vulnerabilities and ensure fundamental encryption techniques for securing data at rest and in transit.

Beginner

3 weeks

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated February 13, 2024

Skills you'll learn:
Cryptography • Security information and event management • Systems security • Security assessment
Prerequisites:
Command line interface basics

Course Lessons

Lesson 1

Introduction to Defending and Securing Systems

Course introduction to Introduction to Defending and Securing Systems

Lesson 2

Defending Computer Systems and Security Principles

In this lesson you will learn about best practices in defending computer systems.

Lesson 3

System Security: Securing Networks

In this lesson you will learn how to secure networks.

Lesson 4

Monitoring and Logging for Detection of Malicious Activity

In this lesson, you'll learn how to effectively monitor and use logs to detect malicious activity.

Lesson 5

Cryptography Basics (Applied Cryptography)

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of cryptography and how to use tools to encrypt files.

Lesson 6 • Project

Project: Monitoring and Securing the DFI Environment

This lesson is the project lesson for Defending and Securing Systems course.

Taught By The Best

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Jerry Smith

Information Security Engineer

Jerry is a member of the Security Operations Center for the University of Alabama Birmingham, where he is the lead Threat Hunter and a member of the firewall team. Previously he was an Information Security Engineer for Hibbett Sporting Goods.

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