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Beginner's Cybersecurity Training: Free & Low-Cost Options

This guide is for those that are interested in learning about cyber security but are not sure where to start. There are many free and low-cost courses available online, which can help you better understand the basics of cyber security to start your career journey.

The information I am providing here will be useful to both technical and non-technical people. If you're a student, this guide will give you an idea of what’s out there!

Would you like to join my network? You will have the option of receiving information about online safety, cyber security career advice, or my cyber security coaching program.

Cyber security can be a daunting career path to explore, with so much information on the internet. I often get asked "where do I start?" which courses are beginner-friendly and what should my study plan look like for me to have success as well? A Bootcamp may not always work out best because some people don't have access or funds needed but thankfully, in this guide, I aim to provide insight into course considerations for beginners.

This guide specifically contains a curated list of training options, if you would like to check out my top 5 tips for starting out in cyber security, watch this YouTube Video.


Know what cyber security is all about.

Cyber security is a hot topic, it's important to know the basics of what it means, why should you care about this field of work and what skillset can make an impact on something so big!

As a starting point, I recommend considering the following Cyber Security Introductory courses:


Introduction to IT & Cyber Security on Cybrary. Click Here

This course will help guide people who are new to IT & cybersecurity struggling to identify which role to pursue. The course covers the roles of Network Administrator, Incident Responder, System Administrator, Penetration Tester, Cloud Engineer, Cyber security Manager, and Privacy Analyst. This may help you find the role for you in this exciting career field.


A Complete Cyber Security Guide For Beginners 2021. Click Here

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of computer and cyber security. Helps beginners understand the different areas to begin their career as a cyber security professional and teaching you practical techniques to protect your privacy online.


IT Security: Defense against the digital dark arts. Click Here

This course covers a range of IT security concepts, tools, and best practices. It introduces threats and attacks and the many ways they can show up. You will learn about encryption algorithms and how they’re used to safeguard data. This is a great free entry level course into cyber security.


CompTIA Security +. Click Here

CompTIA Security + is a global certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.


Microsoft Security Compliance and Identity Fundamentals SC-900. Click Here

This certification and exam is targeted to those looking to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity (SCI) across cloud-based and related Microsoft services.


AWS Security Fundamentals. Click Here

This course covers the fundamentals of AWS cloud security concepts, including AWS access control, data encryption methods, and how network access to your AWS infrastructure can be secured.


Introduction to cyber security by Codeacademy. Click Here

In this course, you will learn the basic concepts needed to identify and protect yourself against common cyber threats and attacks. You’ll also gain an understanding of principles and policies, commonly used authentication/authorization techniques, and network security fundamentals.


Remember to keep your security knowledge up-to-date by continuously learning about the latest trends in cyber security. There are many training programs available for anyone looking to start their career in cyber security or update their skillset; consider one of these before you dive into more focus domain-specific training that may be too advanced for beginners.

You should also invest time building other valuable soft skills like networking, interviewing techniques, communication skills etc.

Finally, it is important to understand the basics but then specialise and build on those core competencies through ongoing education so you can demonstrate your value to an employer.

I hope this guide was helpful and implementable, feel free to leave a comment, question or discussion topic below.


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