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Cyber Security Learning During the Pandemic with Online Cyber Range Training and Digital Networking 

By Angela Shugarts • Posted over 1 year ago


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. Learning can happen anywhere…and as we’ve all experienced, out of times of chaos and uncertainty, can emerge opportunity. Cyber security professionals: There’s never been a more ideal time to advance in the cyber security profession than now.

  • 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: you have great opportunity to upskill and retool virtually – you just have to know where to look. 

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 how to tackle the hottest problems in your company’s cyber security arena.

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.

Circadence’s Project Ares hands-on cyber range training platform  allows you to build skills via engaging, specialized scenario activities. Gamification and intelligent tutoring helps attract and sustain your attention while real virtual machines and real content teach foundational and specialized cyber practices you’d experience in the workplace. It gives practitioners like you the ability to address real, current cyber threats across multiple industry settings, providing a comprehensive level of knowledge and practical experience.

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Network with InfoSec and Cyber Experts Online

Cyber professionals are in high demand right now. According to a report  from cyber security nonprofit (ISC)2 there are currently about 2.8 million cyber security professionals around the world, but that workforce volume would need to increase by 145% to meet the global demand. Since cyber careers are in high demand, it’s important for cyber professionals to network and put themselves out there…online. A few underrated ways professionals can use digital channels to learn are:

  • 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. Cyber security is for all and the implications of a strong posture extend well beyond the IT department.

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. You got this!

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