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Cyber Threats You Face and Ways to Mitigate Them

Cyber Threats You Face and Ways to Mitigate Them


Enroll NowThis course provides a basic introduction to the threat landscape of cyberspace, the cyber threats all people and organizations face, and the best ways to mitigate them. In the first half of the course, learners will explore the evolution, prevalence and severity of cyber threats along with the two main attack vectors used to execute cyberattacks - social engineering and technical exploitation. In the second half of the course, four prominent cyber incidents will be reviewed, providing real-life examples of cyberattacks to learners. After reviewing each incident, both the organization-wide strategies and individual tactics that could have mitigated such attacks will be explored. At the organizational level, the cybersecurity frameworks from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will be applied to each case study. 

Training Objectives: 

After completing this self-paced online training, learners will be able to:

  • Identify types and magnitude of cyber threats that an “average” organization’s information systems and technology networks may be facing on a day-to-day basis
  • Identify the most relevant type(s) of cyber threat(s) their specific organizations face on a day-to-day basis based on their organization’s mission-space
  • Identify potential cyber threat activity
  • Understand and implement best practices to defend against identified cyber threats
Intended Audience:
General Public
Delivery Format: 
Asynchronous Online
Duration/Time Requirements:
3 Hours
Registration Info: 

Registration for “Cyber Threats You Face and Ways to Mitigate Them” is possible through the University of Maryland’s Canvas Catalog which allows users to create a unique user id and password, complete registration, access the course, and receive a certificate of completion. You do not need to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to access courses through Canvas Catalog. Upon registration, you are guaranteed access to the course space for 60 days.

This course is intended to take you approximately 3-hours to complete all materials and quizzes. You can complete the course at your own pace, signing in and out of the course space at your convenience.

Register at https://umd-start.catalog.instructure.com

Contact Info: 

For more information about any of START’s trainings, contact START’s Training Team at 301-405-6600 or training@start.umd.edu or make an online request for more information.

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