What This Section Contains
In a word or four? Links, tools and honest advice. Whether you’re a high school senior looking for a hacking contest, an IT graduate hoping to get into cyber security or a mid-careerist with questions about the security clearance process, this section is designed to help.
We’re continuing to build our list of resources. If you have any comments on the current content or suggestions for new topics, we’d love to hear them.
The Uber List of Cyber Security Resources
Humongous. Gargantuan. Brobdingnagian. Anyway, it’s a massive list of useful cyber security websites, conferences, competitions, blogs, organizations and more. To give you some context, we’ve provided a short summary with each link.
Transitioning from a General IT Career
Find advice on planning your career, tips on writing your cyber security résumé and ideas for gaining practical security experience. We’ve also compiled a list of hard IT skills and non-security certifications (e.g. MCSE, Network+, CCNA, etc.) that may prove useful in your job application.
Free Online Cyber Security Courses (MOOCs)
We hunted up as many Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as we could find and compiled them into an annotated list. Here you’ll find information about coursework, instructors, time commitments, workloads, assessment, materials and prerequisites.
A Quick Guide to Security Clearances
Ah, the joys of applying for a government security clearance. Longer than a Peter Jackson trilogy, more complicated than a Gordian knot. We’ve tried to remove the pain from the process with our quick guide. It includes fundamentals (what is a security clearance, who issues them, etc.), a breakdown of the clearance procedure and advice on completing your application.
A Guide to Cyber Security Certifications
We split this guide into two sections. The first section covers the nitty-gritty stuff (costs, commitment, which certification to choose, etc.); the second section takes a look at 12 certification bodies and some of their most popular accreditations (e.g. CISSP, CompTIA Security+, etc.).
Government Cyber Security Careers
Government websites will give you the “shiny”; we’ll give you the “warts and all”. If you want clear information on the benefits/downsides of a government job, links to important resources (e.g. Scholarship for Service) and assessments of each intelligence agency and branch of the armed forces, this is the place to go.
Hot Technologies in Cyber Security
Mobile. The Internet of Things. The Smart Grid – the list of places where data are in danger is long and illustrious. We’ve highlighted some new technologies and tools being used to combat cyber crime. Then we profiled universities who are on the cutting-edge of cyber security research.