Professional development

Everyone should learn the OWASP Top Ten, says John Wagnon

November 15, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

“It's important to know the world you're living in,” Infosec Skills author John Wagnon said. “You need to know what these threats look like and if you're about to get hit with one.”

Scholarship Winner: Nikita Dia Wants to Take Us to Mars

November 13, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Nikita Dia has big career goals, including earning her PhD in quantum computing, working as an engineer at NASA and helping get us all to Mars. With plans to graduate with a master's degree early next year, she’s already well on her way. The next goal is growing her foundation of IT and cybersecurity experience, which will continue this December with our CompTIA Network+ boot camp.

3 steps to close your organization’s cybersecurity skills gap

January 6, 2020 // By: Infosec

The report, 3 steps employers can take to close the skills gap, details the results of a survey of 785 information security professionals.

Security Awareness: Are you prepared for the coming year?

October 31, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Today is the final day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we here at InfoSec Institute have loved seeing the community come together to spread security awareness. However, an effective security awareness program needs more than just one month worth of effort. As we transition into the rest of the year, it’s important to keep the security awareness momentum going.

The future of education is online, says Infosec Skills instructor Robert McMillen

December 19, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

“The world is moving from on campus to online,” said Infosec Skills instructor Robert McMillen, who's seen his students rapidly shift to online education over the past few years.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good year-end reading list?

December 23, 2019 // By: Jeff McCollum

2019 is coming to a close and it’s a good time to look back at the hot topics generating the most interest by Infosec’s readers.

Mitigating security risk with continuous employee training and development

October 22, 2019 // By: Megan Sawle

Earlier this month, Infosec surveyed 180 IT and security pros about the challenges they face in developing and retaining their organization’s cybersecurity talent, how they track impact from training, and the critical — but non-traditional security skills — they prioritize the most.

Scholarship Winner: Nicholas Barrett’s Journey From the Military to Cybersecurity

November 15, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Nicholas Barrett served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a Loadmaster on C-17’s before a medical condition prevented him from performing his flying duties. He left the military in 2014 — an unfortunate turn as he loved his job — and a year later entered the next phase of his career by graduating from the New York State Police Academy.

Three steps to start a career in cybersecurity

November 1, 2019 // By: Maeve Ryan

The shortage of cybersecurity professionals has grown to nearly three million globally, with 498,000 openings in North America. There have never been more opportunities for those looking to start or transition to a career in cybersecurity, but how do you even get started?

Scholarship Winner: Chanel Hicks Believes Cybersecurity Needs More Diversity

November 14, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Chanel Hicks has spent her entire career around information technology, but she only “stumbled” into the cybersecurity side of the business two years ago. One of the first things she noticed was the lack of diversity.

Hands-on training is key to understanding cybersecurity, says Infosec Skills author Howard Poston

December 11, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

“Everyone learns the most during the labs that accompany each lecture,” Infosec Skills author Howard Poston said. “That’s when you realize, ‘Oh, that's how this works.’"

CCPA and privacy concerns are shaping the future of cybersecurity careers

September 20, 2019 // By: Maeve Ryan

The way people view online privacy is rapidly evolving. That shift has changed the way organizations of all sizes view privacy, and what they’re looking for when hiring cybersecurity professionals.

4 Tips to Launch Your Cybersecurity Career

October 15, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

We’re halfway through National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the theme for week two revolved around addressing the cybersecurity skills gap by educating the next generation of capable cybersecurity professionals. Here are four tips to help launch your cybersecurity career, based on discussions from two recent Infosec webinars.

Reducing cybersecurity staff stress and turnover with continuous skill development

September 26, 2019 // By: Megan Sawle

While the causes of the cybersecurity skills shortage and its impact on job satisfaction vary by region, the reality is this challenge is faced by nearly three quarters of organizations globally. The good news is many of these issues can be addressed — partially or in whole — by delivering the training and career guidance cybersecurity teams want and need. 

The importance of knowing the OWASP Top Ten

January 13, 2020 // By: John Wagnon

An average company uses 765 different web applications, and every one of them may face a potential attack.

Cybersecurity training becoming more specialized, hands-on, says Jason Dion

October 23, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

Cybersecurity training is getting even more hands-on and lab based, said Infosec Skills author Jason Dion. “It’s about ‘what can you do?’ as opposed to ‘what do you know?’”

Using data science to combat deepfakes, malware and social engineering

November 5, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

Cybersecurity data science is a fast-growing field, but it’s difficult to find up-to-date training due to all the new technologies, said Infosec Skills author Emmanuel Tsukerman.

Scholarship finalist: Neishanyelik Vázquez’s first steps into cybersecurity

April 17, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

Infosec scholarship finalist Neishanyelik Vázquez began her college career studying accounting, but she quickly realized she was pursuing the wrong profession. "I just couldn’t take it,” said Vázquez, a finalist for Infosec’s 2018 Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship. “With accounting, everything was predictable. Nothing would ever change once you learned it."

Scholarship Winner: Jion Yi Wants to be a Human Rights Cybersecurity Expert

November 16, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Jion Yi began her undergraduate education wanting to study international relations and foreign affairs, but in 2016 she decided to break out of her comfort zone and pursue a different interest: programming. It was a difficult transition. In her first computer programming course, she received her lowest grade ever and “felt thoroughly defeated.”

Free Resources for National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

November 12, 2018 // By: Jeff Peters

Today kicks off one of our favorite weeks here at InfoSec Institute — National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week — and we’re celebrating by sharing free resources on cybersecurity careers and pathways all week long.

How deep learning is changing cybersecurity

December 16, 2019 // By: Emmanuel Tsukerman

The lesson here is clear. The use of machine learning for cybercrime is no longer a future threat. It is present threat, and an important part of cybersecurity. 

Get 30 days of free training for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

September 27, 2019 // By: Jeff Peters

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) begins October 1, and we’re celebrating by giving away 30 days of free cybersecurity training — to everyone!