Cybersecurity Beginner

Gain the foundational skills and knowledge to take the first step towards transitioning into a cybersecurity career.


How much experience should I have as a cybersecurity beginner?

A cybersecurity beginner likely has no knowledge or work experience in cybersecurity — but plenty of passion for technology and learning! They are working to build their foundational knowledge and skills with the goal of transitioning into a cybersecurity career.


Cybersecurity beginner career paths

Domain knowledge

  • Cybersecurity Foundations
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals

Common certifications

Training Material

Suggested courses for cybersecurity beginners

Cybersecurity Foundations

This learning path is an introductory cybersecurity path for people who have not been exposed to cybersecurity concepts in the workplace before. In these courses, a cybersecurity professional will walk the student through foundational concepts, commands and tools.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)

The IT Fundamentals learning path will take you through the essential knowledge, skills, tricks and tools needed to begin mastering the computer. Beginning with the basic hardware, you'll explore maintenance, troubleshooting, networking and much more.

Information Security Fundamentals

The Information Security Fundamentals skill path teaches you critical knowledge of hardware, software and network security. You'll learn about popular security concepts, controls and technologies, as well an overview of risk management, incident response and disaster recovery.

Linux Fundamentals

The Linux Fundamentals learning path provides the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to successfully configure, manage and troubleshoot Linux systems. You will learn hands-on skills that are relevant for any Linux distribution (e.g., Red Hat, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE).

CompTIA A+

The CompTIA A+ learning path builds a foundation of skills required for entry-level information technology careers. You'll learn about technical and support issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.

CompTIA Security+

The CompTIA Security+ certification path introduces you to a variety of information security concepts and technical controls. You'll learn about network and application security, compliance, different types of cyber threats and more.

Plans & pricing

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    • 190+ role-guided learning paths (e.g., Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
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    • Skill assessments
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    • 190+ role-guided learning paths and assessments (e.g., Incident Response)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
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    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, CISA)
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