Cybersecurity Foundations

Want to break into cybersecurity but don’t know where to start? This free career path covers the core concepts found across all cybersecurity roles. Stop wasting time with other training options and start preparing for a rewarding cybersecurity career.

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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 the 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 foundational course, with curated content from expert instructors covering core concepts found across all cybersecurity roles. Build practical skills and gain confidence as you begin your cybersecurity journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

This path aligns with the start of a cybersecurity career. Whether you’ve recently graduated with a technical degree or are making a pivot from a technical or operations-focused role, this path is for learners who have an understanding of IT basics and want to dive deeper into cybersecurity.

This path covers key skills required for introductory roles, including security architecture, vulnerability management, defense strategies via the MITRE ATT&CK Framework, Windows security concepts, and automation and programming via Powershell and Python.

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.

Before taking this course, you need a basic understanding of fundamental IT concepts, either from previous roles, higher education, IT certifications, or from Cybrary’s IT Foundations path. On-the-job experience is not required but may be helpful for learners transitioning from a technical role in a different field.

How Long Will It Take To Be Job Ready?

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What Will I Learn?


Focused on the core IT competencies that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed in any career path.