The course is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and an interest in the topic. The course is designed as an online, standalone, introductory graduate-level course -- there are are no prerequisites.
The instructor for the course is Billy Rios (see picture). Billy is currently a Senior Security Researcher with Google and has taught the course for us in the past. Before Google, he was the Security Program Manager for Internet Explorer and one of authors of the book, Hacking: The Next Generation. Billy has also served as a Marine Corps officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
According to the course description: "This course explores the relatively new discipline of cyberthreat analysis at a basic level, introducing students to the methodology of investigation, the threat environment (cyberspace), some of the online tools used by analysts, and their application in real world examples. Students will be introduced to the key concepts, tools, and terminologies used by professionals in the field and apply what they learn in lab exercises that model real-world events."
Our recent informal survey of hiring managers indicated that cyberthreat analysis is still one of the hottest areas of hiring in intel. This course is a great way to get your feet wet if you are looking to expand, improve or add depth to your professional portfolio as an intelligence analyst.
If you or anyone you know is interested, please have them contact Linda Bremmer at lbremmer at mercyhurst dot edu or call 814 824 2170.