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A Cybrary Year in Review: 2017

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By: Olivia

January 9, 2018

Like many of you, the Cybrary team is excited for the New Year ahead. A new year means new learning goals and a renewed sense of motivation to better yourself and your career. We’ll be the first to say, we’re excited about all the things we can achieve together, and we’re certain that Cybrarians are going to make this year the best yet!But, before we jump ahead to goal-setting, we felt it was important to take a look back at 2017 and reflect on some of the amazing milestones we reached together. First, and perhaps most importantly, Cybrary hit 1 million users on May 8th.  In typical Cybrary fashion, we celebrated with unicorn cupcakes surrounded by all those who made this success possible.Next, in August, Cybrary began to expand not just our user base, but our team as well. Most notably, we brought on Kathie Miley as Chief Operating Officer. Kathie, who came with more than 20 years of leadership and sales experience to Cybrary, worked previously as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Endgame and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Invincea, Inc. and is focused on designing and implementing company business strategies, plans, and procedures. She is poising Cybrary to evolve based on consumer needs in 2018.Cybrary took another big leap ahead when our Co-Founders secured $3.5 million in Series A funding through Arthur Ventures with participation from Ron Gula, Founder of Tenable Network Security, and other existing investors.At that time, Ryan Corey, Co-Founder, said, "Over the past 10 months we have focused on releasing training products for businesses while also building the world's largest marketplace for hands-on cyber security labs and assessments. We are very thankful to not only the 1.2 million members who have joined us, but the world-class security organizations now using us and contributing to the platform, which helps to make these products best-in-class. In just the past four months, Cybrary has experienced 400 percent growth in revenue from these products and this financing will be used to support this explosive demand."Since the fundraise, Cybrary has continued to grow the team, adding a dedicated Customer Success Manager, which has allowed us to release an enhanced member experience, Cybrary Insider Pro. Cybrary Insider Pro takes learning on Cybrary to a whole new level with expedited customer support, early access to content, and exclusive promotions, discounts, and swag, just for Insider Pro members.We have and will continue to partner with organizations, like Point3 Security, to provide members access to the latest experiential learning tools and the best content in the industry.Outside of what Cybrary as a company has done, we want to celebrate your accomplishments, too. We are truly amazed by the hard work and dedication of our members, not to mention some of the inspiring stories we’ve heard.

These are just a few of the academic achievements accomplished by Cybrarians in 2017:

62, 713 Courses Completed

32,205 Micro Certifications Earned

608 0P3N Posts Submitted

100 Million Minutes of Learning

Our catalog of content expanded, too:

68 New Courses Added

111 New Virtual Labs Added

87 New Practice Tests Added

28 New Assessments Added

25 New E-Books Added

And, 69 organizations began formal training for their employees using Cybrary Teams.

There were many things members wanted to learn, but some of the most popular topics included:IoT

  1. IoT

  2. Machine learning/ AI

  3. Cryptocurrency

  4. Ethical hacking

  5. Big data

  6. CSA+

  7. AWS

  8. Kali Linux

  9. Python

  10. Ransomware

You probably aren’t surprised by many that made the list. With that in mind, let’s review some of the top events in cyber security to make headlines in 2017 (in no particular order):

  1. WannaCry

  2. Petya/NotPetya

  3. Equifax breach

  4. KRACK

  5. Wikileaks

  6. Uber breach

  7. Kaspersky's alleged US spying

  8. Fake news and social media sites in hot water

  9. CloudBleed

  10. Medical device hacks

All in all, 2017 has been an incredible year and we hope that 2018 brings the world most IT and cyber security professionals than ever before. Big things are on the horizon for Cybrary and for the industry as we know it. We will work to close the cyber security skills gap together. As long as members keep learning and we keep teaching, it will happen. And we'll be a smarter and safer world for it.As a team, we're curious to know, What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2017? What are you learning goals for this year? Share in the comments below.olivia2Olivia Lynch (@Cybrary_Olivia) is the Marketing & Communications Manager at Cybrary. Like many of you, she is just getting her toes wet in the infosec field and is working to make cyber security news more interesting. A firm believer that the pen is mightier than the sword, Olivia considers corny puns and an honest voice essential to any worthwhile blog.
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