Top cybersecurity specialists are like gold – hard to find and expensive. Same as gold, their value is rising over time.
In 2016, the global cybersecurity industry was estimated to be worth $106 billion. By 2023, that’s expected to explode to around $639 billion according to the research firm IT-Harvest, TechRadar notes. There’s more than 57% jump in new cybersecurity job ads on Seek.
Yet, we continue to see more and more serious breaches like the one in Equifax. And the Yahoo breach turned from bad to horrible when the additional investigation revealed that it wasn’t “just” a billion users affected but all 3 billion users of the service. The reason for these breaches is painfully trivial – neglected cybersecurity.
Chances are your organization is also not doing enough to keep its data secure. One of the main issues is the lack of training for employees. In fact, according to Ponemon Institute’s Data Breach Resolution survey, 55% of businesses suffered a data breach or security incident in 2016 due to a malicious or negligent employee.
But cybersecurity is a delicate and complex issue. The breaches in Equifax, the British National Health Service and more showed that any company that keeps data is at risk. This means you have to be proactive and not only educate all employees about the basics of cybersecurity but keep your IT and security team on top of their game. Make sure they are well-versed in the security of the platforms your organization uses. Here are some of the popular cybersecurity courses right now.
Top courses to improve your organization’s cybersecurity
Email is the main gateway for the vast majority of hacking attempts. It’s also one of the least secure paths.
Non-IT employees tend to be more negligent towards basic security and phishing attempts. That’s why admins should take precautions and stay alert for potential threats. This course is a great way to help them master the Cisco Email Security Appliance. It covers a wide variety of topics including filtering, policies, quarantines, encryption, among others.
Implementing and managing threat analytics is vital for the cybersecurity of every organization. Threats are constantly changing and evolving, especially for Windows systems. This course teaches how to filter suspicious activities, it features the ATA Architecture, pays attention to management, logs and incident response plans.
Speaking of Windows systems, Microsoft has a special course which is great for getting to grips with security fundamentals. It’s a great way to start building up the cybersecurity know-how of your team. And it’s also a good option for anyone who wants to start the road into cybersecurity. The course covers security layers, security policies. It also features modules on understanding network security and protecting the server and client.
Not all hacking is necessarily bad. In fact, a lot of the hacking can be done for good as it can be the best way to properly test your cyber defenses. Having a certified ethical hacker on your team can help you deploy and test your systems a lot better. The course is great for Cisco CCNA/CCNP, Microsoft MCSA/MCSE and/or Network+ holders. It covers quite the list of modules including System Hacking, Trojans, and Backdoors, Viruses and Worms, Denial of Service, Sniffers, Session Hijacking, Social Engineering and more. There are also modules for how to detect intrusions and more.
Following sound coding techniques is also vital to ensure that the app or software service you’re developing is truly safe. This course covers the best secure coding practices any .NET developer must know. This features the OWASP Top 10 most critical web application security vulnerabilities, the fundamentals of ASP.NET Web API, protection with OAUTH2 and OpenID and more.
A lot of companies and organizations are opening to the need for a Network and Security Manager. If you’re using JUNOS or ScreenOS, this course will help new such managers to configure VPNs, to set up and administer Network and Security Manager servers and more. It will also cover policies and device management.
Citrix also has a special course which will help IT pros with improving the cybersecurity of the network. The course is for Citrix specialists and covers several topics over 15 modules. They include NetScaler protection, XenMobile Encryption, Secure Apps, data loss prevention and more. In the end, you should be able to identify network attacks and how to protect your network.
This one is made for the seasoned Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure professionals. The course has 8 modules which go into a lot of specifics. Among them are SQL injections with “man-in-the-middle” attacks, decrypting SQL login passwords, implementing physical protection. There’s also configuring a firewall, securing CLR, protecting linked servers and more. There’s a separate module on encryption and another one on protecting database backups.
We can’t and shouldn’t neglect the cloud. As more organizations rely on the cloud for their data, keeping it secure is vital. This course covers the ISO27017 standard along with the ISO27001, ISAE3000, ISAE3402. It helps analyze risk, keeping privacy…private and more.
Virtualisation is also quite important. So, there’s a special course on how to secure the Citrix virtualization solutions. It’s suitable for XenApp and XenDesktop professionals and covers securing traffic, advanced authentication, operating system hardening. There’s also a separate module on improving the app and data security. There’s a lot to cover, so it’s a 3-day course.
Finally, not only a course but a whole 6-day bootcamp. It’s aimed at professionals with at least 5 years of experience and a globally recognized level of competence, as defined in the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) in two or more of the eight security domains. It’s a vast and detailed course, featuring security and risk management, asset security, security assessment, software development security and more.