Access our various educational resources to learn new skills and earn professional cybersecurity certifications for career progression. We are able to provide a variety of introductory-level exploratory courses, intermediate labs, professional workshops, and advanced certification and credentialing courses.
Educate & Certify
Cisco Networking Academy Courses
The Cyber Hub at WMCAT is able to provide FREE, PUBLIC, and SELF-PACED courses to our community as a Cisco Networking Academy, allowing you to explore your interest in IT and cybersecurity before making any financial commitments.
Most courses are introductory-level and require no previous experience in the field; others are more advanced and require fundamental or intermediate skills sets for you to be successful.
Teach Yourself InfoSec
There’s no one way — no right way or wrong way — to build a career in cybersecurity. With so many available resources for learning about tech (IT, coding, cybersecurity, etc.), many individuals can be overwhelmed and have trouble figuring out how to navigate so much content.
Even though this list is not comprehensive, we hope that the compilation of resources below helps connect you with the knowledge and skills that can help you learn and practice various aspects of cybersecurity.
Labs, Workshops & Other Trainings
The following learning engagements are ideal for individuals with at least an operational knowledge and skill set in one (or more) of the foundational disciplines within cybersecurity disciplines (i.e. system administration of Linux, Windows, and/or Mac operating systems; networking fundamentals; coding/scripting languages). Details for each engagement are determined by their respective vendors. Visit each event’s registration page for more details.
Join us to learn exploit methodologies and common exploitative tools used by Red Team professionals! Understanding exploit methodology is proven to help Network Defenders (“Blue Teamers”) better protect networks and data. Hacking Essentials is a hands-on, lab-based workshop that provides understanding and insight about how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems. Multiple lab exercises with your own set of VMs provide a safe environment for exploring new tools, including (but not limited to): Wireshark, Nmap & Zenmap, Metasploit & Armitage, John The Ripper.
Join us to learn how to harden and defend your networks against common computer hacking attempts! Learning and using popular open source tools is a great opportunity to get introduced to the basics of cybersecurity. Defense Essentials is a hands-on, lab-baed workshop that provides understanding and insight on how to harden and secure weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems.Multiple lab exercises with your own set of VMs provide a safe environment for exploring new tools, including (but not limited to): Wireshark, Splunk, Pfsense, Snort, SMB Analysis, Cain & Abel, digital/network forensics.
Workshops & Trainings
Additional Workshops & Trainings
Below is a small list of local cybersecurity training providers:
- – GRIMM trainings & workshops
- – VDA Labs trainings & workshops
- – Secure Ideas trainings & workshops
If the Cyber Hub hasn’t listed the specific vendor, workshops, or training you’re seeking, please reach out and let us know. We may be able to connect you with other resource providers in our community and/or offer the training through the Cyber Hub at WMCAT!
CIS 20 Critical Security Controls
Organizations will learn to prioritize actions to improve enterprise security posture using a threat-focused approach, rather than regulatory compliance. This workshop offers a lens for focusing activity on improving the areas which will have the largest impact on security by concentrating on specific threats and how they can be used to exploit security weaknesses. The top 20 CIS controls can be broken into:
– BASIC controls
– FUNDAMENTAL controls
– ORGANIZATIONAL controls
Security On A Shoestring Budget
Security on a Shoestring Budget aims to help you secure your environment(s) and improve your cybersecurity posture by equipping you with effective low-cost solutions for the common cybersecurity issues all organizations face. This workshop focuses on learning the (mostly) free, open-source intelligence and security tools you may not know, as well as helping you implement:
– Security Frameworks
– Implementation of Risk Management
– Information Sharing and Threat Intelligence
Incident Response (IR) Workshop
Build an incident response plan for your organization. This IR Workshop is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800 framework for managing computer security incidents. Attendees will learn the format of an IR plan, how to determine a reportable incident, roles of a response team, and more. Participants will leave the workshop with a drafted incident response plan.
The following Merit workshops are also available through the Cyber Hub at WMCAT:
- – K-12 Cyber Awareness Training
- – Security On A Shoestring Budget
- – CIS 20 Critical Security Controls
- – Threat on Your Doorstep (Cybersecurity for Executives)
- – Protecting IoT
- – Secure Coding for Cyber Security
- – Policy Management
- – Incident Response Workshop
- – PCI-DDS Compliance Roadmap
- – How to Implement Risk Management into Your Security Program
- – Cyber Security for Sales & Business Development Managers
Professional Certifications & Credentials
The following practice exercises are designed to help prepare teams to mitigate risks, respond to incidents, and protect business continuity with real-world scenarios.
CompTIA - Network+ (Aug. 17 - Sept. 21, 2020)
CompTIA - Security+ (Sept. 28 - Oct. 28, 2020)
Additional Certifications & Credentials
Below is a small list of popular cybersecurity certification vendors:
- – (ISC)²
- – CompTIA
- – EC-Council
- – OSCP
- – ISACA
- – SANS
- – Mile2
If the Cyber Hub hasn’t listed the specific vendor, certification. or credential you’re seeking, please reach out and let us know. We may be able to connect you with other resource providers in our community!