Are you a software professional looking to hone new cybersecurity skills?
You’re not alone. Costs related to cybercrime reached a new high last year, resulting in an average total cost of $4.24 million, up significantly from an average of $3.86 million in 2020. This is only expected to grow, especially with the start remote work, which would cost companies $1.07 million more on average than security breaches where remote work was not a factor.
Whether your company has policies to prevent this or not, there are also reasons to be concerned about cybersecurity at the individual level. From identity theft to credit attacks, more than large corporations are being targeted these days.
Check out this roundup of local resources aimed at preparing you for what should be an even greatest year of cyberattacks. There’s something for you, whether you need basic skills or you’re a professional looking for professional development to advance your career.
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As part of a cybersecurity-themed month in 2020, the Forest Hill-based company New Horizons Computer Learning Center has released a number of free webinars and resources on how users can protect themselves and their business from attacks. All of these are still available on the center’s website, in addition to several affordable information security certifications suitable for a wide range of experience levels, from end users to cybersecurity professionals with more than five years of experience. ‘experience. Whether you’re looking to hone your personal security skills or better prepare your business infrastructure for attacks, this local learning and training center has a resource for you.
This bootcamp outside the University of Pittsburgh Professional Institute at the School of Computing and Information offers a micro-degree through the university in cybersecurity. The two-part course (plus prerequisites) will teach students to think like a hacker and identify vulnerabilities through simulations of penetration attacks. No coding or programming experience is required to join the bootcamp, although the first part of understanding vulnerabilities and exploits is a prerequisite for the second part of penetration testing. Although this bootcamp promises to give you skills highly relevant among cybersecurity attacks rampant in today’s world, it comes with a tuition price of $5,500.
This downtown Pittsburgh accounting firm updates its website often with cybersecurity resources ranging from white papers to case studies to the firm’s own thoughts on what it takes to research. While it may come as a surprise that a tax-focused company offers such resources, Schneider Downs is actually one of the places to find the most comprehensive free information on protecting against cybersecurity threats. There’s plenty to browse, including an archive of the company’s thoughts on various cybersecurity tactics and theories, so be sure to check out this resource if you have a clear idea of what you want to work on.
Aimed at end users, this Pennsylvania state government cybersecurity guide features advice on preventing identity theft, choosing strong passwords, securing mobile devices and more with a mix of videos, written instructions and links to resources. It contains advice on how parents can maintain cybersecurity for the whole family as computers and mobile devices become more common for children from a young age, as well as advice on how to protect your work from the home environment.
Offered in partnership with the New Horizons Computer Learning Center, this certificate through Penn State’s Beaver County campus offers a number of cybersecurity training courses, with a wide range of prices. From a four-hour online course that illustrates the number of cybersecurity threats today to a 40-hour series aimed at preparing students for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, there’s something for every skill level. experience. Although the price of some programs is a bit high, you will come away with new certified cybersecurity skills for your resume.
This little guide to Carnegie Mellon University Information Security Office describes a variety of security awareness resources, including password tips, phishing scam prevention, safe web browsing tips, public internet safety and more. Although some of the university’s resources are restricted to students and faculty, many of the tips in this guide are free and open to the public. There’s even a glossary for newcomers to the world of cybersecurity who want to learn more.
CMU CyLab Security and Privacy Institute focuses on research and education aimed at developing the talents and expertise of the next generation of security and privacy professionals. As part of this mission, CyLab offers a number of events and webinars, many of which have been posted on the institute’s YouTube channel. From faculty research highlights to full seminar videos, CyLab’s YouTube channel is a great place for cybersecurity experts to learn about what’s new in the field today.
This Connellsville-based office equipment and computer consulting firm offers one of the most comprehensive free guides for cybersecurity newbies. The guide, which is a downloadable ebook, offers business owners advice on the basics of common cybersecurity attacks, how hackers specifically target small businesses, and how to secure your business systems against these threats. If you’re not sure where to start your own cybersecurity training, this primer may be a good place to start.
Sophie Burkholder is a 2021-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by Heinz endowments. -30-