Course Summary
Credit Type:
4-8 months (132 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 introduction to cybersecurity
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 basics of networking
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 digital forensics and incident response
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 2 advanced computer concepts


This course is offered through Coursera, which is an ACE Authorized Instructional Platform.

The course objective is to give learners the technical skills to become job-ready for a cybersecurity analyst role. In this eight-module course, hosted on Coursera, instructional content and labs delivered by IBM experts introduce learners to concepts including network security, endpoint protection, incident response, threat intelligence, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • gain skills for incident responses and forensics with real-world cybersecurity case studies
  • develop skills via industry specific and open source security tools through hands-on experience
  • develop knowledge of cybersecurity analyst tools including data protection, endpoint protection, SIEM, and systems and network fundamentals
  • learn about key compliance and threat intelligence topics important in today's cybersecurity landscape.

General Topics:

  • History of cybersecurity
  • Module 1: a brief overview of types of actors and their motives
  • An overview of key security concepts
  • An overview of key security tools
  • Module 2: people, process and technology
  • Examples and principles of the CIA triad
  • Authentication and access control
  • Windows operating system security basics
  • Linux operating system security basics
  • MacOS security basics
  • Overview of virtualization
  • Module 3: compliance frameworks and industry standards
  • Client system administration, endpoint protection and patching
  • Server and user administration
  • Cryptography and compliance pitfalls
  • Module 4: TCP/IP framework
  • Basics of IP addressing and the OSI model
  • Introduction to databases
  • Deep dive - injection vulnerability
  • Module 5: penetration testing
  • Incident response
  • Digital forensics
  • Introduction to scripting
  • Module 6: threat intelligence
  • Data loss prevention and mobile endpoint protection scanning
  • Application security and testing
  • SIEM platforms
  • Threat hunting
  • Module 7: incident management response and cyber-attack frameworks
  • Phishing scams
  • Point of sale breach
  • 3rd party breach
  • Ransomware
  • Apply your skill - data breaches
  • Module 8: IBM cybersecurity analyst professional certificate assessment exam
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials