Building Your Cyber Security Knowledge

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In order to become a successful cyber security professional, you will need to create an organized and detailed plan for learning the fundamentals of information technology and cyber security.  There are some important things you will need to do before you enter into a formal educational program.  Without these basic fundamentals you might find yourself getting lost or overwhelmed before you even really get started.  After you have spent some time finding out more about which direction you would like to go in cyber security, Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology can offer you the educational support you need to get your first job in this field. 

Getting Started

The best place to start is to determine exactly what cyber security is and why it is needed.  Essentially, cyber security can be defined as the practice of protecting computer networks and devices from malicious digital attacks and unauthorized access.  There are a number of techniques and technologies involved in the creation of a robust system that can protect the integrity of an organization’s information technology system.  The reliance on digital systems in every part of our daily life has made cyber security a critical concern for all individuals in all types of organizations, businesses and governments.  This is a field that has to constantly grow and adapt due to the ever-changing nature of potential threats from individuals with malicious intent.

The most important concepts when it comes to cyber security include confidentiality, integrity and availability.  Cyber security systems have to be set up to make sure that only those authorized can gain access to sensitive information and to make sure that this information cannot be accessed and altered by unauthorized individuals while also ensuring that it is accessible when needed.  

Some of the places you can check out to learn more about cyber security and entering into the job field include but are not limited to:

  • Community Forums
  • Blogs
  • Workshops – both online and in person 
  • Online learning platforms – edX, Coursera, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning
  • eBooks
  • Capture the Flag challenges
  • Journals

In some cases, it might even be helpful to enlist a mentor who can help you navigate some of the more complex pieces of the cyber security puzzle.  

While all of this will definitely help you in learning more about cyber security career possibilities, you will benefit even more from a specialized educational program and that is where Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology comes in.  Cambridge offers three online, flexible programs for anyone who is interested in working in cyber security.  In these programs you will have the opportunity to learn about information systems security, emerging technologies in cyber security, information gathering and vulnerability analysis, fundamentals of information security in healthcare and digital forensics in cyber security and many other topics. In addition, the cyber and network security diploma/certificate program courses are designed to help you get ready for specific certifications like Systems Security Certified Practitioner, Certified Ethical Hacker, CompTIA A+ and others.You have the opportunity to choose one of three programs at Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology depending on where your interests in cyber security lie.  To get started please reach out to us through our Request Info link or give us a call at 1-877-206-4279.  We are excited to speak with and we hope to hear from you soon.