Google and Coursera Create a Career Certificate That Prepares Students for Cybersecurity Jobs in 6 Months
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Google and Coursera Create a Career Certificate That Prepares Students for Cybersecurity Jobs in 6 Months

This spring, Google launched several online certificate programs designed to help students land entry-level jobs, without necessarily having a college degree. The tech company’s latest program covers cybersecurity, an area that is poised to grow as businesses become more digital and cyberattacks inevitably continue.

Offered on the Coursera educational platform, the new Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate offers eight online courses, which collectively help students learn to:

  • Understand the importance of cybersecurity practices and their impact on organizations.
  • Identify common risks, threats, and vulnerabilities, as well as techniques to mitigate them.
  • Protect networks, devices, people, and data from unauthorized access and cyberattacks using Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools.
  • Gain hands-on experience with Python, Linux, and SQL.

The Cybersecurity Professional Certificate joins a larger collection of certificate programs created by Google, with topics covering User Experience Design, Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, Advanced Data Analytics, project, IT support and finally IT automation.

Students can take individual courses in these professional certificate programs for free. (Above, you can watch the video for the first course in the Cybersecurity Certificate Program, titled “The Fundamentals of Cybersecurity.”) However, if you wish to receive a certificate, Coursera will charge $49 per month (after an initial period 7-day free trial period). This means that the Cybersecurity Professional Certificate, designed to be completed in 6 months, will cost around $300 in total.

Once students have completed the Cyber ​​Security Certificate, they can add the credentials to their LinkedIn profile, resume, or resume. As a benefit, students in the United States can also connect with more than 150 employers (e.g., American Express, Colgate-Palmolive, T-Mobile, Walmart, and Google) who have pledged to consider cardholders. certificates for vacancies. According to Coursera, this certificate can prepare students to become an entry-level “cybersecurity analyst and SOC (security operations center) analyst.”

You can start a free 7-day trial of the Cybersecurity Professional Certificate here.

Note: Open Culture has a partnership with Coursera. If readers enroll in certain Coursera courses and programs, it helps support open culture.

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