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CHIPS Articles: Free and Low Cost Online Cybersecurity Learning Opportunities

Free and Low Cost Online Cybersecurity Learning Opportunities
By CHIPS Magazine - April 9, 2020
Interested in a cybersecurity career? Need to improve your cybersecurity knowledge and skills? Want to acquire a new cybersecurity credential?

During these difficult times, many individuals may find they want to improve their knowledge and skills or even prepare for new career opportunities. If you are interested in cybersecurity careers, there are numerous online educational opportunities.

Many online courses are available from your local community college, four-year universities, even the prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence programs. The National Institute of Standards and Technology urges you to review all your options.

To help you get started, NIST’s office, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is pleased to share a consolidated list of free and low-cost online educational content on topics such as information technology and cybersecurity. Some, not all, may contribute toward professional learning objectives or lead to industry certifications and online degrees.

NICE will continue to update the list as new resources are added, see

Free / Low Cost Online Cybersecurity Learning Content

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.

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 course 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.

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Commercial entities or materials may be identified in this website or linked web sites. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST, nor is it intended to imply that the entities or materials are necessarily the best available for the purpose.

NICE Resources: Cybersecurity education and workforce development
NICE Program Office: or (301) 975-5048

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