New Program Unveiled on Cybersecurity

With Expanded Big Data Offerings

On the heels of the highly popular Tackling the Challenges of Big Data course (which has been delivered five times to 8,000 professionals in more than 100 countries), MIT Professional Education is once again partnering with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) to unveil a new digital program: Cybersecurity: Technology, Application and Policy.

A team of 14 world-renowned security experts in hardware, software, cryptography, and policy will lead this new six-week online course. Three sessions are scheduled:

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 27, 2015
  • Nov. 10 – Dec. 22, 2015
  • Jan. 12 – Feb. 23, 2016

Through video lectures and case studies, the Cybersecurity course will help organizations move beyond “patch and pray” defenses to gain a deeper understanding of the broad technological advances and how they apply to today’s systems. Attendees also learn about important new developments that will likely shape the security landscape for years to come. By the end of the course, participants are equipped with new tools to help solve their own online security challenges.

“At stake is not only the privacy of personal data, but also the ability of our critical infrastructures to function,” said Howard Shrobe, director of Cybersecurity for MIT CSAIL. “Through our new course, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the causes of the cybersecurity problem and the most recent research developments that may ultimately solve the problem.”

Tackling the Challenges of Big Data will be offered twice more in 2015, starting Oct. 6 and Nov. 17. Furthermore, this course is also being adapted for Chinese and Taiwanese markets, with translated materials in Simplified Chinese for China and Traditional Chinese for Taiwan.

Registration is open for both Cybersecurity and Tackling the Challenges of Big Data at Members of the MIT community, particularly Departments, Labs or Centers (DLCs) that have corporate sponsors/partners, are encouraged to share this information with their professional networks.