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Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Cybersecurity Fundamentals


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Product is rated as #6 in category Cyber Security

In this introduction to the field of computing security, you will be given an extensive overview of the various branches of computing security. You will learn cybersecurity concepts, issues, and tools that are critical in solving problems in the computing security domain. You will have opportunities to learn essential techniques in protecting systems and network infrastructures, analyzing and monitoring potential threats and attacks, devising and implementing security solutions for organizations large or small. This offering is part of the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program that prepares students to enter and advance in the field of computing security.

Instructor Details

Jonathan S. Weissman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the RIT Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014, the RIT GCCIS Outstanding Educator Award in 2018, and the RIT Distinguished Teacher Recognition Program Honors in 2019. He was also awarded the RIT Disability Services Office Kudos in 2014 and the RIT GCCIS Parking Pass for March 2018. In total, he's the recipient of 8 teaching honors and awards. Weissman began his teaching career in 2001, and has taught more than 50 graduate and undergraduate courses, which include networking, cybersecurity, cryptography, ethical hacking/pentesting, digital forensics, malware reverse engineering, systems administration, programming, web design and scripting, database design, computer organization and architecture, operating system design, and many more. He developed three courses for the edX RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters program, which he currently teaches to more than 200,000 students in over 200 countries. As a result of his work on CYBER501x Cybersecurity Fundamentals, he was a finalist for the 2018 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning. He has co-authored and updated two industry-leading textbooks on CompTIA Network+ certification and serves as technical editor for many industry textbooks. In addition, he is a networking and cybersecurity consultant for local business and individuals. Weissman has been featured on both tv news and talk radio, and in articles as a cybersecurity expert. He has written articles and blogs as a networking/cybersecurity expert. Additionally, he has had speaking engagements throughout the United States as a cybersecurity expert. He has a master's degree in Computer Science from Brooklyn College and holds 40 industry certifications, including CCNP Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA Server+, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, and IPv6 Forum Certified Network Engineer (Gold), among many others. Follow Jonathan on LinkedIn at and Twitter at

Specification: Cybersecurity Fundamentals


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15 reviews for Cybersecurity Fundamentals

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  1. Malolan Vasu

    Amazingly organized, excellently presented, and great content. Honestly, one of the most professional looking course I have EVER taken in my life. The professor, is truly fantastic.He wears a super cool sweatshirt each lecture;the transitions,animations, and visualizations are AMAZING;and the course is extremely well organized.I highly recommend this course to anyone and everyone!!

    Do however note that it takes about 1–4 hours a week and definitely not more than 4 hours.

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  2. Ivan Vyshnevskyi

    A good introduction course if you’re coming to security from a non–IT background or want to go through some of the basics one more time before moving to more challenging courses. It doesn’t go much in depth of the covered topics; I’d say it gives you “leads” on what you may want to learn on your own. For example, a video on encryption is less than two minutes long, but it mentions most of the essential things: symmetric vs. asymmetric, (3)DES, RC4, AES, RSA, etc.

    I guess my take on the course’s title would be “Things you need to be aware of before learning security (highlights) + some definitions.”

    (They ask $150 for a certificate which is, in my opinion, wa–a–ay too much for this kind of course, but verified learners get two live Q&A sessions with the instructor and, I think, access to the private forum, so it may be worth it.)

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  3. Anonymous

    Great course. This is a well designed and exhaustive look at Networking, focused on laying the foundation for understanding the world of Cybersecurity. I enjoyed the course, and am taking the subsequent courses.

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  4. Salvador Pio Alonday

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  5. Anonymous

    First off, an enormous round of applause to the instructor Mr. Weissman and everyone else that worked on this amazing course. I personally filled several weeks of research to find the perfect curriculum on this subject, so I consider that, especially after completing this course, I am appropriately qualified to say this is by far the best course you can find, content alone, the fact that it’s free only increases its impressiveness! The sessions are well thought out and explained exceptionally by Mr. Weissman and the optional hands on activities and additional resources give hours of additional learning content, as well as some very entertaining articles, without the trouble of trying to find similar content yourself! This is a wealth of knowledge made by many educated and hardworking people and their efforts show off in quality. Look no further, if you’re looking for a course on cybersecurity, you’ve found a perfect match. Don’t just take my word for it, take the voice of this vast and diverse student body that have already completed and reaped the lavish rewards of this course!.

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  6. Alessandra Baroni

    I must deeply thank you Prof Weissmann for the high quality of your lessons and your extraordinary communicative skills: I have learnerd a lot, considering that I started as a total beginner, and I’m deeply interested in pursuing the next steps of the Cybersecurity MicroMaster. I hope to keep in touch with you in the future via Linkedin: a phrase in one of your e–mails to Edx students”Once you’re my student, you’re always my student” deeply touched me. Thanks again and hope to follow soon another of your courses. Best regards

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  7. Anonymous

    This was my first course at RIT and I enjoyed every moment of it.

    The videos are great. The reading material is varied and thus very enjoying to read. The hands–on exercises in the course are fun and very educational and I would have liked more of those.

    The only negative was that a few of the web pages that were linked to were not working, but then again the end destination of those links are not controlled by RIT so it’s probably to be expected.

    Thanks again, and I make it through the next course.

    Best regards

    Fredrik Ahman

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  8. Ridwan Oluwatobi

    Wao! I’m different from who I used to be after this course. Thanks to every one especially my instructor, Jonathan S. Weissman, who taught me Cyber Security Fundamentals. Jonathan brought meaning to the lecture and I learnt a lot. To be honest, that was my best class yet. What a memory!

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  9. Carl Maadi

    Great course, great topic selection, great editing and most of all great instructor. The timing was OK and flexible


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  10. Anonymous

    Great course and really clear. Good online platform as well.

    Good work from all the course development team.

    Best way to develop our skill from home.

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  11. Thomas Olofu

    Hello All, please I have been taking several online course but I can boldly say that the concept deployed on the administration of Cybersecurity Fundamental is superb! Great work to the team. I have started inviting more people to join the program. Others need to benefit from it too. I don’t want to eat alone, so that I wont …. alone. Great job!

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  12. Anonymous

    Very inspiring. You get the full overall picture and enough details to take you to a new. Clear and thorough lectures. Complex topics explained in an easy, interesting and understandable way.

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  13. Luis Roberto Rodriguez

    This has been a great course. It is a great introductory course for what follows in the Cybersecurity Micromasters degree, both for people who don’t know the concepts or people who need a refresher. I learned several concepts I was not fully aware of. You make everything very simple to understand, and the additional notes/links for reading are very good and interesting. Thanks!

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  14. Senator Sibbuku

    This was a very powerful experience for me. I love to know it all and the way the every single transcripts and presentations were presentation was perfect for me.

    The tutor truly cares and want you to succeed. Will get you ready for the tech industry.

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  15. Md Hasin

    I like this course. Always i learn about cyber this course is very helpful for me.thank so much for making this type of course.

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