Free Cybersecurity Course

This free, 8+ hour cybersecurity course designed by an industry expert has 17 learning units where you’ll learn to examine key cybersecurity theories and concepts via case studies, readings, videos, and more.

About this free cybersecurity training

This interactive curriculum was designed to provide you with a solid foundational layer of knowledge that you can build on in additional courses. As with any profession, there is a certain level of knowledge you need around terminology and meaning that we will cover during this course. You'll also get familiar with the cybersecurity job market and the wider organizational impacts of cyberattacks.

The course will cover fundamentals of cybersecurity, including:

  • Common cybersecurity terms and career options

  • Common cybersecurity threats and cyberattacks

  • Security technologies and techniques

  • Offensive Security (OffSec)

  • Penetration Testing

What you’ll learn

This free cybersecurity course is intended to help you build a solid foundation of core cybersecurity knowledge through the exploration of several key topics. You will begin by looking at the cybersecurity field as a whole, and then move into more technical concepts around malware and cyber defense and offense.

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  • Welcome to the Course

    Get ready to embark on your cybersecurity journey. This introductory session sets the stage by providing a comprehensive understanding of the cybersecurity landscape.

    Discover the essential skills you'll acquire, the industry's demand for cybersecurity experts, and how this knowledge will empower you to safeguard digital environments in a tech-driven world. Units include:

    • Cybersecurity industry overview

    • Security case studies (optional)

    • Developing a study plan

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Why learn cybersecurity?

The demand for cybersecurity specialists to develop or oversee security systems around the globe continues to outpace the number of qualified applicants. In 2021, there were 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity roles — and that number has only continued to grow, according to a study conducted by Cybersecurity Ventures. So it’s safe to say that — with the right qualifications — landing an entry-level cybersecurity job should not be too tough. Cybersecurity is a fast-growing and exciting field facing a shortage of qualified workers.

Is cybersecurity the right career for you?

This free course is a perfect way to learn cybersecurity for free before pursuing a more in-depth course or bootcamp.

Feed your passion for problem-solving

If you enjoy applying math and analytical thinking to practical problems, this course is for you.

Improve your decision-making

Being able to find trends in large datasets will help you know how to make sound decisions in all aspects of your life.

  • Beginners

    This course is an excellent entry point for cybersecurity beginners with an interest in the industry.

  • People who want to break into cyber

    Whether you’re already working in the field and deal with cybersecurity or are looking for a career change, this course is for you.

These companies are hiring for cybersecurity roles:

Career opportunities in cybersecurity


Average starting salary for entry-level cybersecurity analysts across the U.S.

[Indeed] September 2023


A recent study by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million open cybersecurity jobs by 2025

[LinkedIn] August 2023


The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for information security analysts to grow 32% from 2022 to 2032

[Bureau of Labor Statistics] July 2023

Ready to advance your career?

This cybersecurity bootcamp is a six-month program for students devoting 15-20 hours per week.

FAQs about this free cybersecurity course

  • John Nord

    John Nord serves as the Chief Information Officer for Cayuse. He oversees the global technology operations of the organization and leads Cayuse’s risk, compliance, and security initiatives. He specializes in transforming technology departments, building high-performing teams, and running complex compliance, risk, and security programs.