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Curriculum - Privacy Law and Cybersecurity Certificate

USC Gould School of Law


Earning the online Privacy Law and Cybersecurity certificate requires successful completion of 12 credit units, including the following mandatory courses.

Cybersecurity & Cyber Crimes (2 units)

Cybersecurity is a key governance issue for all organizations, and thus understanding the legal aspects of cyber risks in different business sectors is important. This course will place an emphasis on threats to cybersecurity and the necessary compliance frameworks for cybersecurity. In addition, the course will examine the legal issues posed by cybercrimes with a look at computer hacking crimes, identity theft, internet fraud, malware and phishing offenses, civil torts, etc.

Global Regulatory Compliance (2 units)

Global Regulatory Compliance provides an introduction to regulatory regimes governing business practices that are enforced globally and with which multinational and other companies that are engaged in cross-border transactions must comply; as well as the ways that organizations ensure compliance with such laws and regulations. This course will cover specific regulatory regimes that are enforced globally including, antitrust, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, Anti-Money Laundering, Data Privacy, U.S. Export Controls, and regulatory governance of/restrictions on foreign direct investment.

Information Management & Risk (2 units)

This class will teach students best practices for overseeing the development, implementation, maintenance and adherence to current privacy laws and regulations. Students will learn how to manage and mitigate risk associated with the acquiring, storage/retention, use, sharing and disposing of data. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify privacy and data protection issues, communicate effectively about privacy and data protection issues, and offer solutions to relevant stakeholders such as customers, end users, suppliers, vendors, regulatory authorities, and others.

Information Privacy Law (2 units)

This course will examine the legal and policy issues pertaining to information privacy in the United States. The course will address the privacy issues facing both the public and private sectors, particularly in response to the growing emergence of cybercrimes and cybersecurity issues. Topics will include: the concept of privacy, privacy in the information age particularly in the current cyber threat environment, privacy and the media, consumer data, employment issues, government access to information and the Fourth Amendment, national security issues, and international privacy issues.

Regulatory Compliance (2 units)

Regulatory Compliance provides an overview of regulatory compliance law and the ways that various organizations ensure compliance with governing laws and regulations. Students will understand basics about regulatory compliance law in the United States, and the ways that various organizations ensure compliance with governing laws and regulations. This course provides students with an examination of various areas of law, regulation, and policies, as well as the ways various industries utilize compliance protocols or programs. Central principles, as well as the statutory and regulatory framework that govern this growing field of compliance will be analyzed.

Patient Privacy Law (2 units)

Patient Privacy Law emphasizes the history, purpose, and relevant provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Additionally, the course will survey other important federal and state privacy laws, and their enforcement. Students will learn how to identify risk and situations that implicate HIPAA. They will understand which privacy laws apply to hypothetical health care situations, and the importance of security and prevention of related issues.

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