Cyber Security Awareness and Response

Gain insight into the dynamic cyber environment while acquiring the knowledge to make risk-based decisions to protect and defend your organization against cyber-threats with a course geared toward working adults.


Education that Gives You the Advantage

As a student in Cal State East Bay’s Cyber Security Awareness and Response course, you’ll be part of a lively discussion around current cyber events in addition to learning about cyber-attacks, the motivations behind the attack, and what you can do to protect yourself and your business from an attack or minimize the operational impact.

A Curriculum with Real World Application

You’ll learn about the constantly changing threat landscape, the basics of cyber intrusion, which organizational assets are most vulnerable, and what steps can be taken to minimize the risk of attack or mitigate the impact.

As a result, your ability to understand the concerns of your organization's technical experts and translate those into operational decisions for the protection and defense of your organizations will make you an indispensable member of any company's leadership team.

Join the New Generation of Information Security Leaders

Equipped with a robust understanding of the evolving cyber threat, you can feel confident leading the fight against network attacks in any size company or organization. Furthermore, as a manager equipped with the knowledge in cyber security, you’ll learn to better describe the threat to non-technology team members and drive conversations about acceptable risk and mitigation.

At the conclusion of the course, you will have gained a solid overview of cyber security, as well as:

  • Understand the link of increasingly cyber-centric lives and the exposure that is created
  • Have the ability to identify assets that are vulnerable to cyber intrusion
  • Describe threat factors, general methods, and outcomes of cyber intrusion
  • Define 'risk' and how it influences perceptions and decision making
  • Identify resources/capabilities that can be used to increase cyber security
  • Develop understanding of Continuity of Operations plan development

Program Format

The Cyber Security Awareness and Response course is conveniently offered at CSUEB’s downtown Oakland Center.

As a student in Cal State East Bay’s Cyber Security Awareness and Response course, you’ll enjoy learning from a mix of lecture and discussion. Lectures tie into direct concepts, such as understanding “attack surfaces,” while discussions build out from a concept into conversations around current cyber events. Guest lecturers may also be used to punctuate particular issues (e.g. insurance coverage, threat landscape, etc.).

Instruction and class experience is based on concepts identified in Bloom’s Taxonomy:

  • Remember/Understand - Define and describe cyber and its impact to everyday life.
  • Apply - Explain how current changes in cyber are linked to more exposure
  • Analyze - Apply understanding of cyber to everyday activities in personal and business life and look for areas of greatest exposure.
  • Evaluate – Interpret analysis and identify corrective/mitigative actions that can be used to decrease exposure.

Christopher Godley, CEM

Christopher Godly

To be educated is to be prepared and to be a survivor.

Christopher Godley, CEM

Christopher Godley works to prepare our communities for the challenge of cyber disruptions. A Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with over 25 years of experience in public safety and emergency management, Godley leads the Cyber Incident Consequence Management Preparedness Group for a large international consulting firm working with both private and public sector clients.

Godley previously served as Director of Emergency Management for the City of San Jose, California. He has responded in a range of roles to dozens of natural and man-made disasters. While serving in the Army National Guard, Godley served as military field commander and operations officer in wildfire, winter storm, and flood events.

Godley received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and a master’s in Emergency Services Administration at California State University, Long Beach.

He has presented on a variety of emergency management subjects for audiences including the International Association of Emergency Managers, California Legislature, FEMA Region IX Regional Response Team, Heritage Preservation Institute, California Emergency Services Association, Bay Area Economic Forum, and the San Francisco Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

Ready to Enroll?

There are no formal admissions requirements for the Cyber Security Awareness and Response course. If you can satisfactorily complete the coursework, you are invited to enroll. 

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Common Questions

What will the classroom experience be like?
The class experience will be a mixture of lecture, group discussion, and individual work related to the day's topic. There will also be some guest speakers who can provide additional detail on the topic and answer questions.

What do I need to know before coming to class?
The class is designed for someone with basic familiarity of cyber-issues. However, to get more out of the class, we recommend you complete the following (all are free):

Skim: Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 v2.0 - Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans
Skim: Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41): U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination
Skim: PPD-21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
Complete: FEMA IS-100 Incident Command System

Will I get all the answers I need during this class?
No you won't. This class is intended to provide an overview of the cyber security environment and give you the critical thinking skills that you need so that you can evaluate cyber related issues and determine the potential impact to your organization. The cyber landscape is changing too rapidly to fall back on a one-size solution.

Who is this class geared for?
Class participants are intended to be decision makers in their organizations or people who want to expand their cyber awareness. This is not a technical course that requires knowledge related to coding or networking. Discussions will focus on understanding the threat landscape and translating that into a risk profile that will drive business decisions and risk tolerance.

What are the outcomes of this class?
In addition to developing your critical thinking skills, you will walk away with a better idea of tools that can be used to evaluate your current cyber risk exposure, how to quantify that exposure, resources to increase your capabilities to address the issue, and a training exercise plan that you will design for your organization that can be implemented in your organization.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Cyber Security Awareness and Response

Ideal for: Individuals, business owners, and government professionals that want to learn more about the dynamic cyber environment.  

Program format: In-person

Program length: One-day seminar

Tuition cost: $499 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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