• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

Companies that don’t understand the threats facing their information are at risk of costly data breaches. Explore common security threats, types of network attacks, and the human element of security threats.

Learning Objectives

An Executive's Guide to Security: Understanding Security Threats

  • Course Overview
  • describe what an attack surface is and how it must be understood in order to protect corporate information
  • specify what network hardening is and how it relates to the protection of corporate information
  • discuss network demilitarized zones and how they help protect corporate information
  • describe the differences between threats, vulnerabilities, and risks in a corporate environment
  • specify the top kinds of security threats facing organizations today
  • discuss the common types of security attacks and how they each pose a risk to organizational data
  • describe the role physical security plays in the protection of corporate data
  • specify how social engineering is conducted and how it can be mitigated through corporate policy
  • discuss the importance of corporate security policies and why they should be strictly adhered to
  • describe the importance of password policies and why they should be adhered to
  • specify the reasons why IT administrators need to protect an organization by refusing to bend the rules
  • describe security threats, network hacks and attacks, and the human element in protecting organizational information

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.