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IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Specialization Review

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  • ★★★★★ (4,052 Ratings)

Are you interested in launching your career in cybersecurity and looking for ways to acquire knowledge to work in this field? This “IT fundamentals for cybersecurity” specialization has all the information you need to achieve your goal. You will understand the evolution of security based on historical events in detail. Then you will get to know the different types of malicious software. Similarly, you will get to identify the key cybersecurity tools and much more in this specialization.

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IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Specialization Courses

There are four courses in this specialization.

Introduction to Cybersecurity Tools & Cyber Attacks (★★★★★ 4.5 | 10,027 ratings | 2,650 reviews)

In this course, you will understand all about critical thinking and why it is important for starting a career in cybersecurity. All the cybersecurity issues faced in this modern era will be discussed here.

Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security (★★★★★ 4.6 | 3,696 ratings | 722 reviews)

This course aims to give learners everything they need to understand the basics of cybersecurity and how it works. Here you will learn about the process and technology and understand the roles of cybersecurity within an organization.

Cybersecurity Compliance Framework & System Administration (★★★★★ 4.7 | 2,219 ratings | 402 reviews)

The third course in the specialization is all about understanding the key cybersecurity compliance and industry standards. Here you will understand everything there is about cybersecurity regardless of your role in an organization.

Network Security & Database Vulnerabilities (★★★★★ 4.7 | 2,212 ratings | 442 reviews)

The last course in the specialization is all about understanding the Local Area Networks. You will understand TCP/IP and OSI frameworks and the routing basics as well. The instructor will also talk about how the networks are affecting the security systems within an organization.

Reviews:

This is the most valuable section of our article that contains feedback from real learners. By reading their comments, you can get an actual picture of whether or not the course is worth taking.

Positive Feedback:

  • I took the first course from the specialization and it was without any doubt quite helpful. It taught me so much about cybersecurity history like where it all started from and where it is now. Explanation on malicious codes, software attacks, and many other topics was great. (Shubham S, ★★★★★).
  • I loved the first course as it was quite informative and engaging at the same time. The best thing in this course was the quizzes. They were so challenging yet interesting that it kept me glued to the screen. It also helped me grasp majority of the concepts. I would like to thank IBM and Coursera as well for this opportunity. (IKA, ★★★★★).
  • I have completed the entire specialization and can say all the courses were equally informative and engaging. Anyone interested in this field should start their journey with this specialization. (Amit M, ★★★★★).
  • The second course in the specialization has been designed in a perfect manner that can be easily understood by a student. This course truly deserves a 5-star rating. Overall, this specialization has helped me a lot in pursuing a career in this field. (Syed AANS, ★★★★★).
  • I have just completed the second course and must say it is the best course on cybersecurity. This course has been facilitated by IBM champions who were generous enough to share their knowledge with us. This course has certainly enhanced my experience in compliance field. (Srinivasan K, ★★★★★).
  • The second course in the specialization has given me an in-depth knowledge of the operating systems security. This was the area I was not good at and by completing all the lessons and learning from the professionals, I feel like my level of understanding has improved a lot. (Phan T, ★★★★★).
  • I have just completed the third course in the specialization and before that I also took the first two and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that all the three courses are great and have so much to teach about cybersecurity. The cryptography section in the third course by Dmitriy Berzoya was exceptional. The Linux commands section was also very engaging. Can’t wait to see what the last course has to offer. (Gianluis R, ★★★★★).
  • The third course was exceptional as the reading assignments and blogs provided were great. Before this course, I never thought about the huge ramifications that quantum computing has in the world of cybersecurity. (Samuel T, ★★★★★).
  • The “Cybersecurity compliance framework” course had excellent lessons to offer. It has covered many important topics. It has covered terms like integrity, security controls, and everything about Linux and its commands. Simply loved this course.  (Andrea D, ★★★★★).
  • The last course in the specialization was quite important and has covered the basic elements of the network and principles of its functionality. The instructors Dmitry Beryoza and Ben Briggs deserve special thanks for providing high quality lessons and explanations. (Vlad W, ★★★★★).
  • Last course was quite interesting and had to the point and relevant information to share. I can definitely recommend this course to all those who wish to know all about networks and vulnerabilities. (Zibusiso V, ★★★★★).
  • Overall this specialization is suitable for all the beginners who wish to start a career in cybersecurity. Even professionals can also enroll in it to upgrade their skills. (Christin M, ★★★★★).

Negative Feedback:

  • I wouldn’t lie the first course was good but the audio system was so bad that I was not able to hear anything properly. The teachers should have been provided with good quality microphones. (Hajar I, ★★☆☆☆).
  • The second course in the specialization was not as good as the first one. The content was not updated and slide images were quite blurry which made it difficult to read. Plus the caption text had many errors. Overall the quality of the course could have been improved. (Yu Shing, ★★☆☆☆).
  • The last course had poor learning material and was not updated. I am not satisfied with this course. The accent of the instructors was not good enough and I had trouble seeing the slides as they were quite blurry.  (Moshrekul I, ★☆☆☆☆).

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