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Free Online Security-Relevant Courses
Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” and it is hard to disagree. The highest dividends come from experience and knowledge. So, we want to highlight some great opportunities to invest in yourself, for free.
Cybercrime has been named as one of the leading threats to National Security by security and policy expert. Even if you aren’t a techie or colored hat, you should be informed about the powers and importance of the cyber spectra.
Course Highlight: Stanford University Online Cryptography Class:
Cryptography, an indispensable tool for protecting information in security systems, is at the forefront of National Security relevance. According to the official course description, this free, watch-at-your-convenience, course “explains the inner workings of cryptographic primitives, cryptographic constructions, and how to correctly use them in real-world applications. The course begins with a discussion of how two parties can communicate securely and continues with an examination of deployed and authentication protocols, mistakes in existing systems, public-key and encryption techniques, relevant number theory, digital signatures, ending in more advanced topics.”[i]
If you didn’t understand anything that was just described, the course officially begins on March 12. Sign up for free at Stanford University Online Cryptography Class.
Other Tech Courses and Informational Sites (Free):
- Network security – LearningSpace – The Open University
- MIT OpenCourseWare | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, Fall 2008 | Home
- Open & Free Courses, Carnegie Mellon University
- Applied Math and Science Education Repository – Browse Resources
- Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Browse by Topic
- Google Code University – Google Code
Security/International Affairs-Related Sites (Free):
- Johns Hopkins Podcast-International Politics
- Perspectives on China, Harvard Professor
- Islamic Societies of the Middle East and North Africa: Religion, History, and Culture — Notre Dame OpenCourseWare
- Terrorism, Peace and Other Inconsistencies — Notre Dame OpenCourseWare
Other Good Sites to Invest in You (Free):
- BBC – Languages – Homepage: All you need to start learning a foreign language
- Apple – iTunes U – Learn anything, anywhere, anytime
- UN University OCW — UN University OCW, United Nations
- TED: Ideas worth spreading
We encourage you to take advantage of them, and to please engage us if you would like to: 1) comment on a Security-related topic you’ve found as a result of these sites or 2) let us know if you know of any more that we should add!
The Lint Center for National Security Studies Team
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the Lint Center Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. or any employee thereof. The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Lint Center Bloggers.
About the Authors:
Brittany Minder received her BA in International Relations from Stanford University and she serves as the Lint Center’s Public & External Affairs Associate.
Tim Coleman serves as the Center’s Director of Communications.
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