Improving your cybersecurity knowledge as a website owner and online entrepreneur can mean a number of different things. It might mean improving your knowledge of various important free and paid cybersecurity tools, or it could involve spending time updating your understanding of modern cybersecurity threats and how to best avoid and mitigate potential damage. When it comes to the latter, below are some of the resources you can consult to help up your cybersecurity game as a site owner.
There are a plethora of other web resources out there that you can use to self-educate and improve your awareness of modern cybersecurity threats. Places like Reddit, Hackernoon, and major tech blogs like TechRepublic can be added to your daily reading to help keep you on top of the constantly evolving threats out there.
Programs like Sprinto that help greatly with compliance, as well as competitor programs like Vanta, Drata, CloudGuard Network Security and Tugboat Logic, are also important to learn about if you want to dramatically improve your business’ security.
You can use news aggregators like Feedly to curate personalized feeds that give you all of the information relevant to cybersecurity in general, and your industry or niche more specifically. Knowledge is power. In fact, a lack of knowledge of the increasingly prevalent threats is the leading cause of data loss and financial damage due to hacks and breaches.
Udemy is one of the most popular resources on the web for learning and certifications of all kinds and they offer a bunch of great cybersecurity primers and in-depth courses to help improve your cybersecurity knowledge. From “The Complete Cybersecurity Course: Hackers Exposed” to “The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Cybersecurity,” there is something for all knowledge levels and experience.
Udemy is a massively open online course (MOOC) platform where anyone is free to design and market traditional post-secondary education courses. Users can also enroll in classes to receive credit toward technical certification or to learn or upgrade a variety of job-related skills.
Udemy has over 40,000 courses and has serviced over 10 million students as of the writing of this article. To enroll in a course, you must pay a tuition charge; the price varies depending on the instructor who produced the course. More information on Udemy pricing can be found in our price post.
Coursera is another go-to online course provider that offers a number of great cybersecurity programs and certificates. Coursera differs from Udemy slightly in that the providers are typically established institutions and organizations, whether post-secondary or private companies.
Coursera is an online education service that provides online courses, also known as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, from leading institutions and businesses around the world. Coursera now has an active inventory of over 6000 online courses created by these partner institutions.
Coursera courses are comprised of pre-recorded video lectures that you can watch on a weekly or as-needed basis. There are also student discussion boards, homework / assignments, and online quizzes or exams. In general, Coursera courses are free to audit (view videos), but if you want to leave with a course Certificate, you must pay.
Microsoft, unsurprisingly, is another important player in the cybersecurity learning space. The company offers a litany of services, some more intensive than others, to help take your cybersecurity knowledge to the next level. Courses include Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals, Microsoft Security Operations Analyst, Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator and the Microsoft Information Protection Administrator course.
The Microsoft certification program trains current and potential employees to use Microsoft products such as Office and associated software skills such as coding and database management. While a bachelor’s degree in computer science implies that you have a basic understanding of the IT sector, Microsoft’s curriculum can assist you in demonstrating your specialist expertise in specific areas of the business.
Because the Microsoft certification program provides multiple levels of training, you can consider this training whether you are an entry-level applicant looking to make a good impression on your resume or you have been in the tech field for ten years and are looking for opportunities for advancement.
Cisco’s Network Academy is another highly reputable provider of online IT and cybersecurity training. They partner with learning institutions all over the world to deliver cutting edge content to students, whether you’re looking to get hired or are simply a business owner trying to up their cybersecurity knowledge in this era of unprecedented threats.
Popular courses include “Cloud Security,” “Introduction to Cybersecurity,” “Cyber Security Essentials” and the “CyberOps Associate” program.
Cybersecurity threats and potential losses due to threats will continue to constitute one of, if not the biggest danger to businesses large and small in the coming decades. How well you are able to prevent catastrophic data compromise and loss and outright theft depends on what you know about the water you swim in. Keep the above resources in mind and ensure you have the knowledge you need to safely navigate an increasingly treacherous digital economy.