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Where can I find some good online certificate courses?

I want to find some online certificate courses related to security because this certificate will help me boost my career. I found a few courses but they don’t provide any certificates at all. Can anyone help me find some free online courses with printable certificates? Do you think the free online security courses with certificates are reliable? Is it really more useful to do distance course instead of an on-campus one? How much time do you think I will need to invest to get an online certificate in this field?

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Kevin Sutter on January 17, 2018

Learning is quite easy now with many popular online platforms offering thousands of courses on different subjects. If you are planning to do a free online security course with certificate the first place you need to start your search is edX. This online platform was developed by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 with the intention of making education accessible to everyone. EdX offers online certificate courses on almost every subject under the sun, and the courses are prepared and certified by world-renowned education providers like Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Berkeley University, University of Texas, TU Delft, University of Adelaide, Australian National University, University System of Maryland, University of British Columbia, University of Queensland, Sorbonne University, Boston University, RWTH Aachen University, and Georgetown University.

Firstly, there is the Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security course from the University of Adelaide. From the information available on the website, it is clear that the course takes nearly 6 weeks time and you will have to spend about 2 to 3 hours per week for this program. However, this course is absolutely free of cost and will provide you with new insights into the nature, effect and importance of global networked surveillance technologies. In addition, this course will help you understand the consequences of cyber activism and cyberwar. Finally, this course contains lessons related to the complexity and issues associated with online surveillance and security. This course is open to everyone and there is no prerequisite to join this course. You can get a verified certificate from the University of Adelaide by paying a fee of $50. To enroll, use the link https://www.edx.org/course/cyberwar-surveillance- security-adelaidex-cyber101x-0#!

Another important free online course with printable certificate is the Cybersecurity
MicroMasters Program from the Rochester Institute of Technology. From the edX website, it is seen that this course is a combination of 5 courses, including Cybersecurity Capstone, Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Cybersecurity Risk Management, Computer Forensics, and Network Security. You will need to spend approximately 8 weeks on each of the courses. This is a combination of higher level courses which will teach you how to setup and secure basic computer systems and networks, information security risk management framework and methodologies, how to implement network security solutions and identify breaches, the methods of conducting a digital forensics investigation that is admissible to a court, and how to use cybersecurity techniques in real life situations. Remember, there are thousands of certificate courses online, and it is your duty to see that the distance courses you select do provide printable certificates which are recognized by the industry.

Charles McAleara year ago

I am a security engineer by profession. From your question, it is not clear as to what profession you belong to. Anyway, I think you need to spend some time studying what course best suits your purpose; certificate programs or certification programs. If you are not sure what difference exists between both, the main difference is that certificate programs are usually aimed at the beginner level professionals and require coursework. They are usually offered online. These short duration courses usually cover areas like cryptography, and techniques for preventing cyber attacks and other security threats. A large number of universities and colleges have online cybersecurity certificate programs.

In contrast, certification programs are usually from IT companies to show the proficiency of an individual in computer security. To get the certification, one should be proficient in cybersecurity. Some examples of these certifications are CISSP and GIAC. So, think about your present level of knowledge in online security and your future purpose before deciding which online certificate courses to follow.


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