We all need to have some level of familiarity with cybersecurity. Taking a course can be a great way to improve no matter what level you are at.
Cybersecurity is a challenging professional landscape that is constantly evolving to respond to new threats. Unfortunately, there is an ongoing problem with skills shortages in the sector, exacerbating the information security crises that organizations and states face when they fall victim to cybercriminals.
Last October, a nonprofit cybersecurity (ISC)2 report found that there was an estimated skills shortage of 199,000 professionals across Europe. The group estimated that the global cybersecurity workforce needed to grow by at least 65 percent to effectively defend organizations against attacks.
At the time of the report, Ireland had an estimated 15,000 professionals working in the industry and needed to increase this by 10,000.
However, cybersecurity is not just a sector that needs talent. With technology taking up so much of our lives, it’s important for everyone to learn how to protect themselves online. Remote workers, entrepreneurs, and everyday people need to know a few basic things about keeping their information secure.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the cheapest, shortest, and highest-rated cybersecurity courses around. Whether you’re a beginner short on time or a professional looking to learn new skills, there’s a course for you.
Bsc in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity – IT Sligo
This might be of interest to those looking to continue their education after high school. It is also a great option for anyone who wants to do an undergraduate course in a highly topical and in-demand area.
IT Sligo introduced the course last May, shortly after the HSE cyberattack. The Bsc in Computer Networking and Cybersecurity is a level 7 NFQ course that provides students with an in-depth understanding of computer network design, as well as an overview of key skill areas such as hardware and software testing, network design business, secure computing resources, digital asset management, server management, voice over IP, database management and development, and computer forensics.
Students will also be offered a job placement as part of their degree.
For more information on the three year course see IT Sligo’s website.
Diploma in Cybersecurity – IBAT College
Business-focused third-level university IBAT provides two part-time graduates in cybersecurityone advanced and one regular.
No prior experience is necessary for the regular diploma, which is intended to teach the fundamentals and provide hands-on experience. The Advanced Diploma is for individuals seeking their first role in cybersecurity and is taught by industry experts.
Classes are taught both online and in person at the university’s Dublin campus. The regular diploma lasts 11 weeks for one day a week, while the advanced diploma lasts 10 months part-time and has 2 days of classes per week.
Admission for both courses closed this year, but as they start from €875 you may need a few months to reflect and possibly do some shorter courses in the meantime to catch up.
Cyber Security for Normal People: Protect Yourself Online – Udemy
Udemy has many short, inexpensive courses that you can complete from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.
It’s the perfect platform to dive into if you’re not sure you want to work in cybersecurity full-time or know you just need to brush up on the basics.
This course, charmingly titled cybersecurity for normal people: protect yourself online will show you exactly how to do this, with no frills attached.
Includes 1.5 hours of video on demand, which students will have lifetime access to once they pay the fee. It shows how to choose a good password, some common security threats to be aware of, how to block hackers from accessing your accounts, and why security is important.
Implementation of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework – Udemy
this best seller course is aimed at those who want to protect their business or organization. Provides an overview of how to use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to manage your organization’s risk posture.
Students will discover how to do a step-by-step cyber risk mapping of their own organization. They’ll also gain insight into how other companies manage their risks by looking at real-world case studies.
Certified Cyber Risk Officer (CCRO) Course – ICT Skillnet
The Irish government’s technology training resource ICT Skillnet offers many courses for people at all levels of their careers, from beginners to seasoned professionals.
The CCRO course is one of many, and we have selected it because it starts in just over two months. The online, self-paced, tutor-led course runs for eight weeks starting June 20.
Like Udemy’s NIST Cyber Security Framework course, it is geared toward business leaders. However, it does not assume that all participants have technical training. You will focus on identifying threats, quantifying cyber risk, and developing a cyber strategy that protects an organization’s enterprise risk management program.
The total price of the course is €1,950, but grants are available for some students.
CySA+, CASP+ and PenTest+ cybersecurity certifications – CompTIA
The Information Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a trusted provider of education in the ICT industry. It provides several cybersecurity certifications, including the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) course.
East online course It comes with a certification that lasts for three years after the completion of the exam. It provides candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and interpret data, identify and address vulnerabilities, suggest preventative measures, and respond to and recover from incidents.
Jobs that use these skills include compliance analyst, security engineer, security analyst, and threat intelligence analyst. It costs €344 and can be renewed after its expiration date. CompTIA also offers the CompTIA CASP+ Y CompTIA PenTest+ Certifications for cybersecurity professionals.
CASP+ is an advanced course for security architects and senior security engineers tasked with leading and improving an enterprise’s cybersecurity readiness. While PenTest+ is intermediate and is aimed at cybersecurity professionals in charge of penetration testing and vulnerability management.
Various courses – Cyber Skills
Cyber Skills is an online resource that was created last June to address the cybersecurity skills shortage. It is run by the Munster University of Technology with the participation of other academic and industry partners.
Admission for most courses has already passed for this year, having ended in January. If you’re thinking of doing a course next year, Cyber Skills has longer courses that last a year and shorter ones that last 12 weeks.
Courses offered include certificates in secure network operations, secure software development, and secure systems architecture.
There are also micro-credential courses of between five and 10 ECTS credits that are suitable for students who want to focus on a specific area of cybersecurity. These focus on topics such as security assurance, practical cryptography, log files and event analysis, and secure software development.
MicroCreds is a larger program run by the Association of Irish Universities aimed at bridging skills gaps in various areas using industry-related short courses.
For more information on the courses offered, see Cyber Skills’ website.
Python for Cybersecurity Specialization – Coursera
Like Udemy, Coursera is another online platform that offers short courses for students who are short on time and interested in flexible learning.
This cyber security course focuses on equipping students with the basics of using Python to keep information secure online. It is aimed at those with a few years of cybersecurity experience who have some experience with Python, one of the most widely used programming languages in the world.
Participants receive a certificate upon completion, as well as an overview of how to develop custom scripts with Python to automate cybersecurity tasks.
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