GAITHERSBURG, MD — During this unusual time in our lives, many of us find we want to improve our knowledge, skills or even prepare for new career opportunities. If you are interested in cybersecurity careers, need to change careers or close technical gaps in your current resume, there are numerous online education providers to choose from. Many online courses are available from your local community college, four-year universities, even the prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) programs – please review all options.
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused supporting the country’s ability to address current and future cybersecurity education and workforce challenges through standards and best practices. The following links from NICE’s site are not endorsements, but list free and low-cost online educational content on topics such as information technology and cybersecurity. Some, not all, may contribute towards professional learning objectives or lead to industry certifications and online degrees. Please note that their site will continue to be updated as new information is gathered and edited for clarity and accuracy for your family, school, or business.
|Name and Hyperlink to your Materials*||Description**|
|CompTIA||Free online training for CompTIA IT Fundamentals and other resources.|
|CLARK Center Plan C||Free cybersecurity curriculum that is primarily video-based or provide online assignments that can be easily integrated into a virtual learning environments.|
|Culture of Cybersecurity||Free, downloadable kids activities to help your family learn basic cybersecurity concepts and defense strategies.|
|Cybrary||Free information technology and cybersecurity training portal.|
|EC-Council||Free resources for the information security community in the form of webinars, blogs, online video training, and much more.|
|Elastic||Free on-demand Elastic Stack, observability, and security courses.|
|Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE)||Free online cybersecurity training for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and US military veterans.|
|Fortinet||Free access to the FortiGate Essentials Training Course and Network Security Expert courses 1 and 2.|
|IBM (hosted by Coursera)||Free (7-day trial) suite of courses on IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Specialization.|
|IBM Security Learning Academy||Free technical training for IBM Security products.|
|(ISC)2 Webinars and Courses||Free technical webinars and courses to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPEs).|
|(ISC)2 Utilizing Big Data||Free course for (ISC)2 members (low cost for non-members) that provides an overview of Big Data components, architectures and applications.|
|NICCS Education and Training Catalog||Database of free and for pay, online and in person courses.|
|Open P-TECH||Free digital learning on the tech skills of tomorrow.|
|Pluralsight||Free access to 7,000+ expert-led video courses and more during the month of April.|
|SANS||Free cybersecurity community resources and programs.|
|SANS Cyber Aces Online||Free online course that teaches the core concepts needed to assess and protect information security systems.|
|TestOut’s 2020 K12 Grant||Free TestOut courses for K12 teachers. Application process required.|
|Udemy||Heavily discounted online courses for various certifications.|
*Materials are related to coding, product training, certification preparation or general IT and cybersecurity skills development, and teacher training and curriculum.
**Some of these materials may only be free or low cost (less than $100) for a limited time.
For more information on how to add additional information or to correct an error, please email NICE.
NICE Program Office
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Gaithersburg, MD 20899
National BDPA and local BDPA Chapters have broadened outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI) to include establishing BDPA chapters with HBCU/MSIs, CAE schools, and community colleges already certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in research (CAE-R), cyber defense (CAE-CD), or cyber operations (CAE-CO).