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IT & Cybersecurity Foundations Career Path

Get everything you need to start your cybersecurity career journey, and stop wasting your time (and money) sorting through unreliable information from questionable sources. While this industry offers very lucrative career opportunities, finding accurate, relevant information to break into the field can be incredibly frustrating. That’s why we’ve crafted this IT and Cybersecurity Foundations path, featuring thoughtful, bite-sized content from expert instructors covering core concepts found across all cybersecurity roles. These instructors have helped thousands of other beginners grasp essential IT and cybersecurity topics. Get ready to take your first steps into cybersecurity by diving into core concepts needed for any cybersecurity role. Build practical skills and gain confidence as you begin your cybersecurity journey.

Purpose Statement

Cybrary Career Paths are comprehensive training programs designed to prepare you for the most in-demand roles in the cybersecurity workforce. Each path follows a Learn, Practice, Prove model and includes different activity types aligned to key topics within the path’s security domain. As you progress through the path, your progress will be measured in real time using Experience Points (XP) that serve as a comprehensive capability score for each topic. Upon completing all of the requirements for a path, you will be rewarded with a shareable digital badge via Credly.


Who is this career path for?

This path is for newcomers who are just beginning to explore IT and cybersecurity careers and skillsets. Whether you’ve recently graduated with a technical degree or are making a pivot from a technical or operations-focused role.

What skills will I gain by completing this path?

This path covers foundational skills that all cybersecurity roles and job functions are built upon. You’ll learn key concepts and skills including: Wireshark, NMAP, Cryptography, Firewall, IDS, and Vulnerability scanner basics.

Will this prepare me for an entry-level role?

This course will prepare you to begin the search for your first cybersecurity role. While more specialized skills may be needed for your desired role, this path is designed to get you comfortable with essential concepts and on-the-job skills, giving you confidence to start the application and interview process.

What prerequisites are needed for this career path? Do I need on-the-job experience?

No previous experience, knowledge, or skills are required for this path. All you need is intellectual curiosity and a growth-oriented mindset. On-the-job experience is not required but may be helpful for learners transitioning from a technical role in a different field.

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What Will I Learn?
Focused on the core IT competencies that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed in any career path.
Defensive Security
Focused on trying to find the bad guys. Topics such as threat intelligence, threat hunting, network monitoring, incident response. Defensive security is a reactive measure taken once a vulnerability is found through prevention, detection, and response.
Engineering and Operations
Focused on building and operating information systems.
Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Focused on the core IT competencies that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed in any career path.
Leadership and Management
Focused on program design and oversight. Covers project and program management.
Offensive Security
Focused on validating security controls by trying to break them (i.e. penetration testing or ethical hacking). Topics such as Kali Linux, metasploit, scanning, and privilege escalation. Offensive security seeks out the problem or vulnerability through ethical hacking and finds a solution to disable the operation.
Offensive Security
Focused on the core IT competencies that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed in any career path.
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We’ve had six students this summer, all with different schedules, so we’ve been trying to balance their learning experience with some practical work. It’s not like they’re all sitting in a classroom at the same time, so the ability for them to learn at their own pace without any additional support has probably been the biggest benefit of using Cybrary.

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I've successfully completed the career path provided by Cybrary to become a SOC Analyst - Level 2. Eventually, do what you love, and do it well - that's much more meaningful than any metric.

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Cybrary is helping me proactively build skills and advance my career. Labs put concepts immediately into practice, reinforcing the content (and saving me time not having to spin up my own VM). Career paths lay everything out clearly, so I know what skills to prioritize.

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