Fundamentals For Cyber Security

Course Description

This online program provides an overview of the technical background required to provide solutions to many cyber security problems. This background includes: binary/hex number systems, operating systems concepts, file systems, OSI model, network topologies and protocols, and wireless standards and implementations. The material will be presented in the context of its necessity for providing incident response, forensic, and cyber security solutions.


There are no formal pre-requisites for this material. Students who are not technically inclined may need to spend more time with this material. We encourage all students to review the material before beginning any program regardless of their comfort level.

Material Format

This program is composed of modules designed to take about one week each. They include an assigned reading, online video lectures, a quiz, and a hands on assignment. Students will have access to all of the necessary material through our online classroom software, Sakai.

Completion of Material

Students are responsible for completing this material at their own pace before the beginning of the program. Each of our graduate level courses expects that students have a complete grasp of the material provided.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
  • Virtual Machines
  • Digital Data
  • Computer Hardware
  • Disks and Other Storage Media
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • Malware
  • Digital Forensics
  • Authentication
  • Information Assurance
  • Cyber Threats and Defenses

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