Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age online short course

Course starts in 5 days (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
7 July 2020
Course Starts:
15 July 2020
8 weeks (excluding orientation)
8–11 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
Harvard's VPAL


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 risk, litigation risk and reputational risk. The course will help you assess and mitigate specific vulnerabilities within an organization’s networks, systems, and data. Develop the knowledge and skills to protect the integrity, security, and confidentiality of digital assets.

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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

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 organization through the complexities of the cybersecurity landscape, and develop the know-how to set appropriate budget guides for this task. Information security professionals, risk analysts, and technology specialists will have the opportunity to build confidence and understanding in a key area of importance for their roles. Any professional will benefit from the ability to gain an up-to-date overview and understanding of cybersecurity and risk.

Course curriculum

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

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • 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

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

Earn a premier certificate from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts in 5 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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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 Advisor 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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.