Professional Course

Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age

GetSmarter, Online
8 weeks
8 weeks
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Course description

Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Harvard University.

News of large-scale cybersecurity threats and cyberattacks frequently dominate the headlines: hackers exploiting vulnerabilities of retail giants, foreign influence in elections, and new forms of ransomware underscore the importance of preparing for these threats.

Cyber risk management has become a fundamental component of business operations, and understanding and mitigating risk has become an essential skill for business leaders, analysts, as well as security and technology specialists.

The Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age online short course from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, equips you with a comprehensive understanding of how to identify and manage operational, litigation, and reputational risk. Over eight weeks, you’ll learn how to assess and mitigate web security vulnerabilities within an organization’s networks, systems, and data, and explore strategies for responding to a cyberattack. Develop the knowledge and skills to protect the integrity and confidentiality of digital assets with this internet security course.

Who should attend?

Is this course for you?

This course offers an in-depth exploration of cybersecurity that is valuable for executives and specialist roles. Business leaders will gain the knowledge needed to lead their organizations through the complexities of the cybersecurity landscape, and develop the know-how to set appropriate budget guides for this task. This web security-focused online course will also give information security professionals, risk analysts, and technology specialists the opportunity to build confidence and understanding in a key area of importance for their roles. Other professionals will benefit from gaining an up-to-date overview and understanding of cybersecurity and risk.

Training content

Learn from cybersecurity experts and guest speakers as you work through the weekly modules of this online course.

Module 1

Cybersecurity risk is business risk

Module 2

Identifying the threats to an organization

Module 3

Identifying important business systems and assets

Module 4

The crucial role of leadership in managing cyber risk

Module 5

Understanding your technology

Module 6

Cyber risk and the law

Module 7

Incident response and accountability

Module 8

Designing and implementing a mitigation strategy

Course delivery details


  • 8 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 8–11 hours per week Self-paced learning online

Certification / Credits

Learn cybersecurity best practices online and earn a premier certificate from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to recommend a cybersecurity leadership plan.
  • The skills needed to develop a cyber risk mitigation strategy.
  • A practical, holistic understanding of cybersecurity and its value.
  • Unlimited access to 2U’s Career Engagement Network, offering you exclusive resources and events to support your professional journey and drive your career forward.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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