Cybersecurity Basics for Managers: A Starter Kit for Understanding How to Protect Data and Information
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Are you being asked to shape how your organization protects its customer data or email systems?  Are your customers relying on you to protect their payment information?  Do you need a place to start learning about fundamental cybersecurity concepts?

This two-week crash course is designed for leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs who have a limited technical background related to cybersecurity, data security, and information technology.  The JMU Cybersecurity Basics for Managers noncredit certificate program is discussion-oriented and formatted for the working professional.

Participants will gain knowledge that can inform their strategies to mitigate cybersecurity risks, secure data and information, build secure infrastructure, and hire qualified personnel and vendors.

Course Format:

  • Two full-day in-person classroom days (one in Harrisonburg, one in Roanoke)
  • Two two-hour online sessions

Dates and Time: 

Monday January 7
In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm
Downtown Harrisonburg

Thursday January 10
Online, 9:00-11:00am

Monday January 14
In-Person, 9:00am-4:30pm
Downtown Roanoke

Thursday January 17
Online, 9:00-11:00am

Instructor: David Cafaro

Program Fee: 

Early Bird: $1,350
After Dec. 18:
$1,500
Add More Team Members for $1,000 a seat!

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 Questions? 
cpdtraining@jmu.edu

 

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Topics Addressed
  • What is the goal of information security?

  • Who are the attackers, and what motivates them?

  • How does information relate to your organization's business priority?

  • Understand the Tradeoffs: How can we balance the probability and potential impact of events with the cost to protect against them?

  • Jargon 101: From Trojans, RATS, and NIDS to brute force, threat hunting, and blue hats, learn the terms important to the cybersecurity conversation.

  • What are the resources to explore best practices in data protection?

  • What are the major federal regulatory laws?

  • Social Engineering: How to Encourage Employees to Protect the Front Lines

  • Solutions and Snake Oil: Can we know if vendors and software will deliver on their promises?

  • Yikes! Now what?  Identify considerations and approaches if data is compromised.

  • Additional resources


Note: This is an introductory course intended to identify topics and considerations.  It is not equivalent to an undergraduate or graduate degree or credit-based course.  Individuals seeking deeper and more comprehensive education should consider JMU's 100% Online Masters Degree in Information Security or the online Cyber Intelligence Security Graduate Certificate, or any of a number of related undergraduate degrees.

Program Partners

James Madison University Outreach & Engagement's Professional Development is pleased to partner with JMU's 4-VA, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and the Roanoke Higher Education Center in development of this noncredit certificate program.

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Meet the Instructor

David Cafaro, CISSP/CCSP has been working in Information Technology for over two decades with a heavy focus on information security. Currently he is an Information Security Officer at Capital One where he leads a team providing security and risk management expertise on application, cloud, and on-prem technologies. Though currently working in the financial sector, his career has brought him through a variety of industries including environmental lab testing, government, telecommunications, and cancer research.  David holds a Masters in Computer Science from Georgetown University where he focused on security and privacy in the information age.  In addition to his careers focus on cyber security, David has also been active in sharing his knowledge through open source and community projects including working with the BSidesDC Security Conference to help organize the KidsCon section for the last 4 years.

Registration Information

Program Admission Requirements: There are no admission requirements to take this class.

Program Completion Requirements: In order to successfully earn the certificate of completion, you must attend all class meetings. 

Questions about Registration or Program Content…

Contact the JMU Professional Development Program Team at cpdtraining@jmu.edu or 540/568.4253.

How To Register

Online: Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) can only be accepted through online registration.

By Mail: Download, complete and print the registration form and mail with check* payment to:

JMU Outreach & Engagement
127 W Bruce St, MSC 6906
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

In-Person: You may register in-person. We are located on the 3rd floor at the JMU Ice House, 127 West Bruce St, Harrisonburg.

You will receive a registration confirmation via email once your registration has been processed.

If registration deadline is applicable, registrations submitted by mail or in-person must be received in our office no later than the deadline. Registrations received after the deadline may not be accepted. Registration is not final until registration form and payment are received. Spaces may fill prior to receiving mailed registrations therefore, registration is not guaranteed.

*A $50 fee will be assessed for any check returned by the bank.

Waitlist Option:  Space is limited and on a first-come basis. Once the program is full, you will have the option to be added to the waitlist and you will be notified if a space becomes available.

Payment Options

Additional payment options may be available. Visit the payment options page for more information.


For additional information including cancellation and refund policy, see Policies and Notices.

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