Cybersecurity isn't a technology problem; it's a people problem.

Through real-world anecdotes and scenarios, this course approaches cybersecurity as a series of learned habits that influence our daily choices. The lessons explore these habits in detail and demonstrate how management and employees can change their mindset to master each of them. The bestselling book, Well Aware: Master the Nine Cybersecurity Habits to Protect Your Future by George Finney serves as the core instructional content for this course. Learn through video, book pages, and interactive reinforcement questions and assessment. You'll develop a deeper understanding of cybersecurity challenges through lessons learned from psychology, neuroscience, history, and economics.

Basic Level; Prerequisites or Advance Preparation Needed: None.

Need Credits?

This course meets requirements for several professional organizations. See the list at the right to find yours!

  • IAPP: 7 credits

  • (ISC)2: 7 credits

  • PMI: Leadership, 7 PDUs

  • NASBA: QAS Self Study | 6 CPEs in Information Technology—Technical: Cyber Security

Instructor

George Finney

Chief Information Security Officer

George Finney is a Chief Information Security Officer that believes people are the key to solving our cybersecurity challenges. He has worked in Cybersecurity for nearly 20 years and helped startups, global telecommunications firms, and nonprofits improve their security posture. As a part of his passion for education, George has taught cybersecurity at Southern Methodist University and is the author of several cybersecurity books, including No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. George holds a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University and multiple cybersecurity certifications, including the CISSP, CISM, and CIPP.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • How to Use This Course

    • Introduction

    • Important Key Terms for Cybersecurity Habits Every Employee Should Master

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Literacy

    • Lesson 1 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 1

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 1 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 1 Knowledge Check

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Skepticism

    • Lesson 2 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 2

    • Optional Lesson 2 Reading: Chapter 2 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 2 Knowledge Check

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Vigilance

    • Lesson 3 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 3

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 3 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 3 Knowledge Check

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Secrecy

    • Lesson 4 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 4

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 4 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 4 Knowledge Check

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Culture

    • Lesson 5 Instructor Video

    • Lesson 5 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 5

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 5 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 5 Knowledge Check

  • 7

    Lesson 6: Diligence

    • Lesson 6 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 6

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 6 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 6 Knowledge Check

  • 8

    Lesson 7 Community

    • Lesson 7 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 7

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 7 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 7 Knowledge Check

  • 9

    Lesson 8: Mirroring

    • Lesson 8 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 8

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 8 (Online Flipbook version)

    • Lesson 8 Knowledge Check

  • 10

    Lesson 9: Deception

    • Lesson 9 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 9

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapter 9

    • Lesson 9 Knowledge Check

  • 11

    Conclusion

    • Instructor Video: Conclusion

  • 12

    Final Assessment

    • Next Steps

    • Assessment

    • Course Survey: Please take this short survey before downloading your certificate!