Applied Cybersecurity

Lead Instructor(s): 

John R. Williams
Abel Sanchez


TBD Summer 2017

Course Length: 

5 Days

Course Fee: 





  • Closed

It is highly recommended that you apply for a course at least 6-8 weeks before the start date to guarantee there will be space available. After that date you may be placed on a waitlist. Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled up to 4 weeks before start date if sufficient enrollments are not met. If you are able to access the online application form, then registration for that particular course is still open.

This course has limited enrollment. Apply early to guarantee your spot.


In today’s world, organizations must be prepared to defend against threats in cyberspace. Decision makers must be familiar with the basic principles and best practices of cybersecurity to best protect their enterprises. In this course, experts from academia, the military, and industry share their knowledge to give participants the principles, the state of the practice, and strategies for the future.

Sessions will address information security, ethical and legal practices, and mitigating cyber vulnerabilities. Participants will also learn about the process of incident response and analysis. The content is targeted at ensuring the privacy, reliability, and integrity of information systems.

The majority of the course (about 75%) is geared toward participants at the decision-making level who need a broad overview, rather than those who are already deeply immersed in the technical aspects of cybersecurity (software development, digital forensics, etc.), although both groups will find the course valuable.

Cybersecurity is a very large subject, and therefore this course is only intended to cover the basics of the current leading and pressing cybersecurity topics. The result is that we can cover many different approaches. We cover the introduction of a topic and after the fundamentals, you can explore further on your own. The goal is for participants to understand the utility of each topic, not to become specialists in any one subject.

Participant Takeaways:

The participants of this course will be able to:

  • Secure both clean and corrupted systems, protecting personal data, securing simple computer networks, and safe Internet usage
  •  Understand key terms and concepts in cyber law, intellectual property and cyber crimes, trademarks and domain theft
  •  Determine computer technologies, digital evidence collection, and evidentiary reporting in forensic acquisition
  •  Incorporate approaches to secure networks, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and intrusion prevention systems
  • Examine secure software construction practices
  •  Understand principles of web security
  •  Incorporate approaches for incident analysis and response
  •  Incorporate approaches for risk management and best practices

Who Should Attend:

Seventy-five percent of the course is geared toward providing a basic framework for professionals making cybersecurity decisions in industry and government and individuals seeking to immerse themselves in the pressing issues of cybersecurity, giving them the information they need to make the best decisions for the defense of their organizations. About a quarter of the course covers more technical areas of interest to people with more engineering-focused backgrounds, such as software developers or those working in digital forensics. Although those with a computing background would be better prepared for the more technical topics, an engineering or computing background is not required to benefit from any of the sessions.

Computer Requirements:

Laptops (2009 or newer) with a modern operating system for which you have administrator privileges are required. Tablets will not be sufficient for the computing activities in this course.

Program Outline: 

Please note that the exact nature and order of the topics is subject to change.

Introduction to Information Security Fundamentals and Best Practices

  • Protecting Your Computer and its Contents
  • Securing Computer Networks--Basics of Networking
  • Compromised Computers
  • Secure Communications and Information Security Best Practices
  • Privacy Guidelines
  • Safe Internet Usage

Ethics in Cybersecurity & Cyber Law

  • Privacy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Ethics
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Fair User and Ethical Hacking
  • Trademarks
  • Internet Fraud
  • Electronic Evidence
  • Cybercrimes


  • Forensic Technologies
  • Digital Evidence Collection
  • Evidentiary Reporting

Network Assurance

  • Layered Defense
  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Outsider Thread Protection

Secure Software & Browser Security

  • Software Construction
  • Software Design and Architecture
  • Software Testing
  • Methodologies
  • The New Universal Client
  • The Web Model
  • Cookies and Browser Storage
  • HTML5 Security

Business Information Continuity

  • Managing a Business Information Continuity Plan
  • Vulnerabilities and Controls
  • The Law and Business Information Continuity Plan

Information Risk Management

  • Asset Evaluation and Business Impact Analysis
  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Quantification
  • Risk Response Development and Control
  • Security Policy, Compliance, and Business Continuity

Cyber Incident Analysis and Response

  • Incident Preparation
  • Incident Detection and Analysis
  • Containment, Eradication, and Recovery
  • Proactive and Post-Incident Cyber Services

Course Schedule: 

View 2016 schedule (pdf)

Class runs 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.

Participants’ Comments: 


"I was fascinated by the material, and the professors and guest speakers were truly the best."


"I work in startup operations that are concerned about their intellectual property. This course provided an excellent overview of the risks and mitigations to losing these valuable assets."


"Everyone involved in cybersecurity work should follow this course."



This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.


Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (30%) 30
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (20%) 20
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (50%) 50

Delivery Methods: 


Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (50%) 50
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (30%) 30
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (20%) 20


Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (30%) 30
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (60%) 60
Advanced: In-depth exlorations at the graduate level (10%) 10