In collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter


8 weeks, excluding


8–11 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

You'll Walk Away With:


The ability to draft, strategize and develop a cyber risk mitigation strategy, including the appropriate legal and compliance steps that need to be taken when responding to cyberattacks and reporting cyberattacks to law enforcement.


An in-depth understanding of the different types of cyberattacks, the business systems that are most at risk, and the importance of an organization-wide approach to cybersecurity.


A premier certificate from Harvard University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, in association with HarvardX, as validation of your newfound cybersecurity knowledge and skills, as well as access to a global network of likeminded cybersecurity professionals.

Your Course Convenor

Eric Rosenbach

Course Convener, Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Eric Rosenbach is the director of the Defending Digital Democracy Project, and co-director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He previously served as the Chief of Staff to US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and held the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense. He was the Chief Security Officer for Tiscali, the largest pan-European internet service provider, and is a former US Army Intelligence Officer.

Course Curriculum

Module 1:
Cybersecurity risk is business risk
Module 2:
Identifying the threats to an organization
Module 3:
Identifying important business systems and assets
Module 4:
The crucial role of leadership in managing cyber risk
Module 5:
Understanding your technology
Module 6:
Cyber risk and the law
Module 7:
Incident response and accountability
Module 8:
Designing and implementing a mitigation strategy

An Online Education That Sets You Apart

This online short course from Harvard’s VPAL and HarvardX is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals who have already benefited from the opportunity to:


Develop relevant, sought-after skills and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online


Enjoy a personalized,
people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies through a career-focused curriculum that achieves specific learning outcomes and skill gains

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