Meet Your Classmates | Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age

 
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The Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age online short course from Harvard University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX is an entirely online 8-week course providing students with the opportunity to identify vulnerabilities in an organization’s networks and systems with precision, and the tools to design and implement a risk mitigation strategy.

Here’s what you can expect to cover on this cybersecurity course:

  • Cybersecurity risk is business risk – learn about the risks to organizations inherent in the current cyber landscape
  • Identifying the threats to an organization – identify notable threat actors and typical methods of attack
  • Identifying important business systems and assets – Assess the vulnerabilities of an organization’s critical business systems, networks, and data
  • The crucial role of leadership in managing cyber risk – explore the role of leadership in managing an organization’s cyber risk
  • Understanding your technology – identify appropriate technologies for protecting systems, networks, and data
  • Cyber risk and the law – learn to identify the legal and compliance requirements that govern an organization or sector
  • Incident response and accountability – review appropriate responses to a cyber attack
  • Designing and implementing a mitigation strategy – develop a risk mitigation strategy for your organization

Here’s what your classmates are looking forward to about the course.

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Meet your classmates harvard cybersecurity abe smith

Abe Smith

Director of Information Security, Equinix, USA

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Built four large successful InfoSec departments from scratch.

Why did you choose to take this online short course?

It is critical to understand the process of cyber risk management.

What are you looking forward to most about the course?

Sponsored by Harvard University.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

Make me a good Cyber Risk Manager.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

“If you think that education is expensive, try ignorance” – IBM

 

meet your classmates harvard cybersecurity jeffrey padwa

Jeffery Padwa [GS-general]_square_linkedin_How Private Education Is Meeting The Demand For Lifelong Learning_

Founder, Padwa Law LLC

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Former Providence City Solicitor; Past Chief of Staff to Rhode Island General Treasurer; Co-Chair (RI) of Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama; Past President of Rhode Island Association for Justice; Wiedemann Wysocki Award for significant contributions to Civil Justice System.

Why did you choose to take this online short course?

To become more knowledgeable as clients are requesting my help in dealing with cybersecurity issues.

What are you looking forward to most about the course?

Learning how to perform assessments and creating plans for addressing cybersecurity risks.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Cycling across the USA and running back.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

It will provide me with subject matter expertise and a template for addressing cybersecurity issues, which comprise some of the most significant risks to personal and business safety.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Go for gold.

 

Shivakumar Sambashivam harvard cybersecurity meet your classmates

Shivakumar Sambashivam [GS-general]_square_linkedin_How Private Education Is Meeting The Demand For Lifelong Learning_

Head of Engineering, Digicel Pacific, Singapore

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Basic Telecommunication Service Availability in Papua New Guinea circa 80% of population with 3G and 4G deployment to over 50% of population. Built Technical and IT organization, Systems and Processes that could support and sustain the organic growth with business continuity in place.

Why did you choose to take this online short course?

IT/IS Systems are ever-changing and with business plans to implement Cloud and Hybrid Cloud, the current security systems adapted requires further strengthening. To lead and manage, as a leader and a manager, the first step is to gain insight on the industry trends that help to rebuild people, process and technology with consciousness around security and adaptability within the existing and new systems.

What are you looking forward to most about the course?

Identifying the risk and threats, and preparing a framework to mitigate and avoid.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Knowledge enhancement and to move to a digital world, information and tools are key strengths.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

Overall improve my ability to educate internal stakeholders in adapting the culture of security and vulnerability in a digital world, at the same time provides me a tool to negotiate with vendors by being better informed.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Open to a collaborative approach and willingness to share knowledge in the field I come from, at the same time learn from their past experience on best practices and failures.

 

Atahan Bozdag harvard cybersecurity meet your classmates

Atahan Bozdag [GS-general]_square_linkedin_How Private Education Is Meeting The Demand For Lifelong Learning_

IT Manager-Security & Risk, R1 RCM, USA

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Being able to diversify my knowledge and experience in our company departments and becoming a noteworthy asset.

Why did you choose to take this online short course?

To advance my career and knowledge. Earn a certificate from a very reputable university.

What are you looking forward to most about the course?

Being able to use the knowledge and implement it in our IT Department.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

At one point, I would like to lead my department where I excel, IT Security and Risk.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

It will show that I am a worthy and qualified person for the job.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Nothing is ever late, dream big and make it happen.

 


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