Five Great Online Cyber Security Courses For Beginners

Cyber crime is a serious issue right now, with hackers and cyber criminals of all kinds targeting everyone from major world governments to casual Instagram and TikTok users. There are many methods that hackers can make use of to hit their targets. Fortunately, in response, cyber security measures have never been stronger, and making proper use of these measures can help you stay safe online.

Anyone who wants to level up their IT skills, reduce their risks of being hacked, or simply learn more about the world of cyber security can check out one or more of these easy-to-understand courses to get started.

StationX 

StationX is one of the most comprehensive sources for cyber security training and education. It features close to 100 unique courses on the topic, covering everything from the absolute basics, right up to advanced cyber security concepts like ethical hackers, digital forensics and penetration tests. Beginners can start off with a simple introduction and then move on to more specialized courses as they go. It can be the gateway to an entire career in cybersecurity if you're interested in pursuing that path, or it can simply be a vital resource to help you stay safe online.

Udemy 

Udemy is a veritable goldmine of courses on all kinds of subjects. Teachers, lecturers, professors, and other experts from around the world all use Udemy to share video courses and presentations on many subjects, including cyber security. 
There are some courses that you have to pay for, and others, like the 'Cyber Security Course for Beginners' course, which is totally free and comes with more than an hour of video content to get you off to a super start.

Coursera 

Coursera is a lot like Udemy, offering a huge selection of courses in many different subjects, including cybersecurity. There's the Cybersecurity Specialization course, for example, which covers everything from threat detection and mitigation to cyber security for global enterprises. It takes you from the basics right through to the more advanced matters connected to cyber crime, and you can spend a few weeks or even a couple of months getting through the whole course, so it's a fine choice for those who want something to really get stuck into and enjoy learning at their own pace.
 

Cyber Aces Online 

Cyber Aces Online offers some of the best cyber-security courses around, absolutely free. The whole thing is organized by the SANS Institute, which is well-known in cyber-security circles as a trusted and respected source. You can actually attend in-person training sessions at set locations with SANS throughout the year, but you have to pay for the privilege and some of the subjects can be quite in-depth. The free online courses give you a little taster, and different courses can be available throughout the year, so it's worth revisiting the site now and again to see what's available.

Heimdal 

Heimdal Security is a leading security and technology firm that works to battle cyber-criminals across the digital landscape and seeks to build a world in which younger generations have stronger cyber security skills, being able to better defend themselves against online attacks. To that end, Heimdal offers a 'Cyber Security for Beginners' course, absolutely free. It's not exactly going to help you become a cyber-security pro, but it's perfect for absolute newbies looking to brush up on the basics and learn about protection tools and methods.

Arthur Evans is a British writer, specializing in self-development and digital marketing and works for a leading essay writing service, Nerdy Writers.

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