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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Intellectual Property
- Professional Ethics
- Freedom of Speech
- Fair User and Ethical Hacking
- Internet Fraud
- Electronic Evidence
- Forensic Technologies
- Digital Evidence Collection
- Evidentiary Reporting
- Layered Defense
- Surveillance and Reconnaissance
- Outsider Thread Protection
Secure Software & Browser Security
- Software Construction
- Software Design and Architecture
- Software Testing
- 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
As part of this course, participants will undertake a group project. Examples of projects from 2016 can be found at http://cybersecurity.mit.edu/.
View 2020 schedule (pdf, subject to change)
Class runs 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGIST, VERMONT HITEC
"I was fascinated by the material, and the professors and guest speakers were truly the best."
SECRETARY OF CRYPTO MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT, NATIONAL CRYPTO INSTITUTE
"Everyone involved in cybersecurity work should follow this course."
Professor Williams holds a BA in physics from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in physics from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Swansea University. His area of specialty is large scale computer analysis applied to both physical systems and to information.
Professor Williams is internationally recognized in the field of computational algorithms for large-scale particle simulators and has authored two books and over 100 publications. For the past eight years, his research has focused on architecting of large scale distributed simulation systems. He teaches graduate courses on Modern Software Development and on Web System Architecting.
Presently Professor Williams is Director of MIT's Auto-ID Laboratory and has strong involvement in the MIT Geonumerics group.
Abel Sanchez, Executive Director, Research Scientist, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, MIT
Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His areas of expertise include the Internet of Things (IOT), radio-frequency identification (RFID), simulation, engineering complex software systems, and cyber-physical security. He teaches graduate courses in Information engineering, cybersecurity, and software architecture. For the past six years, his research has focused on architecting large scale distributed simulation systems.
Ted Wagner is the Chief Information Security Officer for SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2). SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software solutions, and National Security Services provides industry-focused services for the US DOD, Intelligence Community, and Civil Departments/Agencies.
Ted joined SAP National Security Services in March 2015. He is responsible for the security and compliance of the corporate network, sharing best practices with customers and supporting NS2’s FedRAMP Cloud initiative. He was previously the CISO for TASC. He supported the Army’s CERT for 9 years as a project manager for Northrop Grumman. He was responsible for the Incident Response, Forensic and Malware Analysis support provided to Army Cyber Command and 1st IO Command.
Ted has led cyber teams employing tactical to strategic capabilities. His experience includes completing the certification and accreditation process for Agency level programs, including developing curriculum for the Computer Network Operations planner course and establishing a team validation process for deploying cyber teams. Ted serves in the U.S. Army Reserves, holding the rank of Colonel, and is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff, G6, 80th Training Command (TASS). He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College, teaching Cyber Policy, and a guest lecturer at MIT. Ted serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Geospatial Data Center and is published in the book, Cyber Infrastructure Protection, Strategic Studies Institute.
- CISO, SAP National Security Solutions
- CISO, TASC
- Northrop Grumman, Project Manager
- Booz Allen Hamilton, Associate
- Bachelor of Economics from the Virginia Military Institute
- Masters of Economics Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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|
|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|