Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age online short course

Course starts 13 November 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
5 November 2019
Course Starts:
13 November 2019
8 weeks (excluding orientation)
8-11 hours/week of self-paced learning, entirely online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
Harvard's VPAL


News of large-scale cybersecurity threats and cyberattacks dominate the headlines all too often in today’s Information Age: hackers exploiting vulnerabilities of a retail giant, foreign influence in elections, and new forms of ransomware underscore the importance of preparing for these types of emerging threats.

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

Harvard VPAL's Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age is an online short course that equips students with a comprehensive understanding of how to identify and manage operational risk, litigation risk and reputational risk. The course will help students assess and mitigate specific vulnerabilities within an organization’s networks, systems, and data in order to provide the knowledge and skills to protect the integrity, security, and confidentiality of their digital assets.

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What will set you apart

After successfully completing this highly interactive and supported online learning journey, you’ll walk away with the ability to:

  • Articulate the role of cyber risk management within an organization
  • Investigate the threats to an organization's critical business systems and data
  • Assess the vulnerabilities of an organization's critical business systems, networks, and data
  • Recommend a cybersecurity leadership plan
  • Deduce types of questions necessary to determine the technologies implemented in an organization’s cybersecurity
  • Distinguish the legal and compliance risks for an organization or sector
  • Propose an incident response plan in the event of a cyberattack
  • Develop a cyber risk mitigation strategy

Course curriculum

Hear from cybersecurity experts and guest speakers as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Cybersecurity risk is business risk
  • Course Module 2: Identifying the threats to an organization
  • Course Module 3: Identifying important business systems and assets
  • Course Module 4: The crucial role of leadership in managing cyber risk
  • Course Module 5: Understanding your technology
  • Course Module 6: Cyber risk and the law
  • Course Module 7: Incident response and accountability
  • Course Module 8: Designing and implementing a mitigation strategy

Your Course Convener

Eric Rosenbach


Course Convener, Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Eric Rosenbach is the Director of the Defending Digital Democracy Project, and Co-Director of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He previously served as the Chief of Staff to US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and held the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense. He was the Chief Security Officer for Tiscali, the largest pan-European internet service provider, and is a former US Army Intelligence Officer.

Earn your premier certificate

“Having certificates that accurately document how you have evolved over time, I feel, will be invaluable over the course of a career” — Prof. Robert A. Lue, Faculty Director of HarvardX

This premier certificate is awarded by Harvard University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, in association with HarvardX. All certificate costs, including packaging and international delivery, are included in the course fee.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 13 November 2019.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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