We’re living and working in a virtual world these days since the pandemic halted the traditional and routine in-person activity. For cyber professionals, you may feel challenged more than ever to work and learn about cyber security remotely. Yet those challenges shouldn’t stall your ability to learn and build skills.
- You have to keep company networks and systems hardened now that access and utilization is occurring remotely.
- You are having to monitor systems and devices closer since more adversary attacks are on the rise since the pandemic.
- You’re having to ensure all employees practice cyber safety.
- And so much more!
So we’re taking this article to speak to all the cyber analysts, IT managers, network security administrators, and like-minded cyber professionals to say:
It’s possible to stay active in the industry and continue to advance skills with professional IT/cyber groups, online cyber trainings, engagement with cyber games and more. Here are a few opportunities you’ll benefit from:
Online Cyber Security Range Training
There’s an increase in cyber-attacks since the pandemic with more professionals working remotely (some on their own personal devices). New threats are becoming more prevalent and the need to protect company data has heightened. As a cyber professional, you need the flexibility and access to upskill on your terms, so you know
This means you need the ability to “break things” in virtual environments, test out new cyber defense tactics and learn new tools and procedures. Right?
Luckily, online cyber training platforms make it easy, accessible and fun for cyber professionals to learn new skills from anywhere, at a pace that works for them.
Project Ares subscriptions are available in both Individual Learning (Academy & Professional Subscriptions) & Organizational/Academic Classrooms (Academy Plus & Enterprise Subscriptions) user-types.
Network with InfoSec and Cyber Experts Online
Cyber professionals are in high demand right now. According to
- Follow and engage with cyber influencers on social media (i.e.; Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook)
- Track topical hashtags like #cybertraining #cybersecurity #blackhat #infosec #digitalforensics #hackathons to find digital networking forums more easily
- Join cyber professional groups on LinkedIn and read articles on Hackernoon
- Participate in virtual conferences or online meet-ups such as the DC Cybersecurity Professionals or Bay Area Cybersecurity Meet-up
Keep Learning, Connecting, Growing, Protecting
Dramatic changes in cyber threat frequency, remote working, system access and online meetings are impacting how and where cyber security professionals like yourself train and upskill. It’s important for all of us to continue to take part in being cyber-safe personally and professionally, but also to do our part in keeping the companies we work for, and the broader economy, safe from the increasing prevalence of costly cyber-attacks.
While you may be feeling overwhelmed with existing workloads, ill-equipped to address new threats, or simply feeling shut off from the rest of the world, know there are options in our expansive virtual world to connect with colleagues, build useful skills, advance in your career and help your company thrive during these uncertain and unprecedented times.