Georgia Tech’s New Security Course

Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 05:04 PM gHale


Cyber security is a moving, dynamic profession which means companies and universities have to keep up to date and ready to move in new directions.

That is why Georgia Tech Professional Education, in partnership with the Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), is expanding its cyber security training to help companies, the government and the military prepare for new issues cropping up.

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Georgia Tech Professional Education will offer “Cyber Security: A Systems Approach” a core course in a new cyber security short course program, May 21-23, 2013, in Atlanta.

As security incidents grab headlines, Georgia Tech Professional Education’s cyber security courses can help organizations protect themselves from emerging threats and build a cyber-resilient enterprise. At the same time, as many business sectors become increasingly information-centric and network-reliant, cyber security becomes a critical pillar of the enterprise.

There are an estimated 1 billion smart phone users globally in 2013, according to Strategy Analytics, and 75 percent of corporations/organizations allow employees to “bring your own device,” or BYOD, according to Gartner Group. These developments, while valuable and innovative, create new opportunities for unintended vulnerabilities. The course explores information security vulnerabilities and how to approach cyber security resilience as a complex system.

Cyber Security: A Systems Approach joins other cyber security courses Georgia Tech offers for executives and directors; managers and professionals; and technical professionals. Courses combine cutting-edge applied research, deep instructor expertise and an interactive learning approach.

The primary instructors are Dr. Fred Wright and Andrew Howard. Wright is chief engineer and deputy director for GTRI’s Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory. Howard is division chief of the emerging threats and countermeasures division at GTRI.

“Today’s cyber security environment has become increasingly complex. Modern threats gain the attention of many on a daily basis. Yet defensive solutions are often chaotic and difficult to navigate,” Wright said. “Georgia Tech’s short course series is designed to demystify technologies and introduce strategies for engineering secure enterprises.”

“Cyber Security: A Systems Approach” will cover information security principles and the need for a systems engineering approach; vulnerabilities and emerging threats; malware; defensive technologies; information assurance standards; network security; web presence and applications; insider threats; assessing and managing risk: a decision-making framework; and business continuity and disaster recovery.

The course is a part of Georgia Tech Professional Education’s Cyber Security course series and is an elective for the Systems Engineering Certificate and Advanced Systems Engineering Certificate.

Click here for more information or to register for the “Cyber Security: A Systems Approach.”



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