Introduction to Applied Cryptography, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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Introduction to Applied Cryptography. Cryptographic methods underpinning cybersecurity. The Introduction to Applied Cryptography Specialization is offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado System.

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Cryptography is an essential component of cybersecurity. The Introduction to Applied Cryptography Specialization is offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado System.

The need to protect sensitive information and ensure the integrity of industrial control processes has placed a premium on cybersecurity skills in today’s information technology market. 

Demand for cybersecurity jobs is expected to rise 6 million globally by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million, according to Symantec, the world’s largest security software vendor. 

In this specialization, students will learn basic security issues in computer communications, classical cryptographic algorithms, symmetric-key cryptography, public-key cryptography, authentication, and digital signatures. 

These topics should prove useful to those who are new to cybersecurity, and those with some experience.

Applied Learning Project

Each course includes a corresponding learner's project. The projects are designed to help learners objectively evaluate different cryptographic methods as they may be applied to cybersecurity. The project assignments are graded assessments. Learners must earn 100% on the projects to successfully complete this specialization.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Classical Cryptosystems and Core Concepts
  • Mathematical Foundations for Cryptography
  • Symmetric Cryptography
  • Asymmetric Cryptography and Key Management

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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General requirements

Beginner Level

  • No prior experience required.

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Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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