Scholarship Opportunities For Those Wishing to Pursue Cyber Security Degrees
Many universities offer full scholarships and living stipends to students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s or graduate degree in cyber security. The US Office of Personnel Management has collected a list of participating universities and provides instruction for application.
Developed by the Department of Homeland Security, NICCS describes itself as a “one-stop shop” for all information related to cyber security, especially in regards to expanding the Information Security workforce within the realm of National Security.
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has collected a list of available cyber security scholarships.
Resources For Those Wishing To Become Cyber Security Professionals
A downloadable video game developed by the Naval Postgraduate School. It is free for educators and government agencies. It is intended for use by college and highschool students. It teaches network and internet security concepts by allowing students to take on the role of a network administrator for a corporation and play simulations of various cyber attack scenarios.
Home to one of the most complete lists of annotated links available on the topic of cybersecurity news, training, helpful websites, competitions and scholarship information. Includes details about various careers in cybersecurity including information on their requisite degrees and certifications.
CyberProtex sells a number of online courses on topics such as CISSP, Security+, Python, and other cyber security related subjects. The site also includes many free online quiz games (CyberNinja) to help study for cyber security certification exams.
MOOCs are “Massive Open Online Courses.” This listing includes at least 16 free, open university courses available online. Though they are not for free college credit, they are actual courses from well-known universities. Subjects include Cryptography, Cyber Security, Hardware Security, SANS, CISSP, and many others. Contributing universities include University of Washington, University of Maryland, Stanford, MIT and others.
A consortium of higher education institutions, businesses and government agencies have developed this site as a resource for students looking for cyber-related degree programs at the college level as well as information about employers. The site hosts a cloud-based Lab, curriculum and webinars. They also offer information about the National Cybersecurity Student Association with a yearly membership fee of $25 to help students network and develop their leadership and teambuilding skills.
An interdepartmental team from Purdue University has developed an ongoing collection of Information Security newsletters, articles, symposium videos and other resources.
Other Available MOOCs for Cyber Security
A collection of computer and network security courses. All of them list a price, but all of the content is freely available. The price is for those who wish to have their assignments and quizzes grades and to receive a certificate at the end.
Cybrary has more than a dozen free online courses in cyber security topics.
A large selection of computer science related courses, include cyber security. All courses may be participated in for free or a participation certificate can be purchased. Founded by Harvard and MIT, the mission of edX is to increase access to education.
OpenLearn offers a course titled “An introduction to information security” that gives an overview of information security management systems according to the BSi standard on information security management.
A collection of free information security courses over topics including Operating Systems (Linux and Windows), Networking, and System Administration (PHP, PERL, GNU BASH and Microsoft Powershell). SANS describes itself as a philanthropic initiative designed to help individuals discover and develop skills and careers in cyber security.
Another free introductory course to the basics of personal cyber security. This is a MOOC with a specific start date and lasts eight weeks. The next available course will be October of 2016.
A large collection of free, open source cyber security training material available or use under a Creative Commons license. Includes courses for basic to advanced lessons.
A collection of hacking games designed to teach cyber security concepts by encouraging you to find ways to exploit security weaknesses in the site itself.