cyber security jobs - Top Ten Courses

Cyber Security Jobs – Top Ten Essential Courses To Get One | UK | IT Security

With links to resources to learn these skills for all Cyber Security Jobs | London, New York and all over the world.

Have you just finished university as a computer science graduate or are you someone who is looking for a career change in the ever growing world of cyber security or are you a experienced systems administrator engineer who is thinking about where and how to take their career to the next level in cyber security and looking for those dream cyber security jobs but you’re not sure which path to take and how to get there. If this is you then you have come to the right place.

In this article, I will show you the top ten courses to help get you your dream job in cyber security and into IT security as a whole.

All you need is some basic IT knowledge and a love for learning.

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1. Networking (CCNA)

Networking skills are essential for anyone thinking of getting into the world of IT security (or even just IT in general) and is looking for a new job in cyber security, it enables you with many different useful skills and more specifically skills to identify information security threats throughout an organizations network.

Networking obviously plays a major role in most organizations, it’s the way in and out of your companies’ network so in my opinion this should be required for any cyber security jobs.

You can buy and install the most advanced cyber security software but without having the IT professional with the correct knowledge, organizations will fall shorts. So in the ever growing world of IT security it is essential you have these skills to set yourself above the rest of the competition and not only this you need the correct knowledge to help mitigate the security risks and incidents.

Gaining networking skills and knowledge will play a major role at being able to implement these 5 essentials below securely and correctly;

  • Access controls (Confidentiality)
  • Authentication (Integrity)
  • Accountability
  • Availably

If you are missing these skills then I highly suggest you check out the networking course over at Plural Site, It provides everything you need to know about computer networks and it is in my opinion the most easiest to follow.

2. Security Fundamentals – Essential for Cyber Security Jobs

As you can imagine, it goes without saying having security fundamental skills is also an absolutely necessary before you can embark on your Cyber Security career journey.

To get this knowledge I recommend this easy to watch course at PLURALSITE.

From this course you will expand your knowledge of different vulnerabilities, attacks, and threats.

You will be shown and you can follow the use of security technologies and tools, you will understand how security architecture and designs are completed. You will look at what identity and access management is, and how it is used to protect a network.

You will start looking at risk management strategies, there is a more advance course which follows on from this course (below)

You will then start to look at cryptography (My favorite)

All of these topics are the foundation of cyber security skills which I would recommend before you start looking for entry level cyber security jobs UK based or anywhere else in the world, so I would spend a lot of time fully understanding each concept because if you fully understand these concepts it will make the rest of your learning journey much easier.

I would suggest that you complete the networking course before taking this course, as having a networking background will help you understand the concepts much easier.

3. Ethical Hacking Fundamentals

This is a great introductory course for Ethical Hacking and it shows you how you can become a fully qualified ethical hacker professional.

You can start it here Pluralsight.

One thing to note, this course is quite a long with lots of information (nearly 29 hours’ worth) so make sure you get your coffees and biscuits ready but it is enjoying so time does seem to go quickly.

If you’re not sure what Ethical Hacking is about, then this is the course for you, it provides you with beginner knowledge and skills required to ethically and effectively find and exploit vulnerabilities in systems by assuming both the mindset and toolset of actors. For me this is an exciting course and a good way to understand how an attacker thinks so you can protect your network accordingly.

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4. Introduction to Firewalls

This course is a great follow on from the Networking CCNA course. Understanding how firewalls work is a must and this course will show you all the ins and outs of stateful firewalls.

You will learn how to protect your network from the outside world. How to correctly position your web servers and other edge devices.

There is also a good discussion regarding next generation firewalls which was also interesting.

The course is taken by the great Ross Begrudges which makes it easy to follow.

You can find it here. Highly recommended and really essential for IT security.

5. CompTia Security + (SY0-401) Network Security

The idea of this course is to improve on your networking skills by going into more specific networking security elements.

Taking this course you will expand your networking knowledge by learning things such as;

  • Cryptography on networks
  • Application Data and Host Security
  • Networking threats and vulnerabilities
  • Network Security

By the way this course has not be designed for beginners, you must do the Networking course above before taking this one. This is why the Networking CCNA course is so important when it comes to Cyber Security, you need all the fundamentals.

At the end of the day you must remember, the way in and out of your organization is via your network 😉

To find out more, here is a great course which will teach you all about network security.

6. Ethical Hacking: Penetration Testing for Cyber Security Jobs

This is another great course (and career path) many tools on show. It promises to teach you penetration testing step by step from real examples. You will get into the mind of an attacker and the sort of steps they might go through to attack a network, which will help you defend yours.

This course is essentially for anyone who is thinking about starting their Cyber Security journey and before applying for any security role because it gives you a great insight into the way systems are hacked.

So In short, you will learn the ins and outs of planning and executing a penetration test against your own or your client’s network and this is must for any IT security role.

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7. Risks, Vulnerabilities, and Threats for Cyber Security

I really liked this one, and it helped me see all the different potential threats an organization could be up against and the sort of risks they create.

One of topics within the course cover different vulnerabilities which can be found within systems and how they could be utilized to compromise a system. Very interesting stuff.

You will be also shown the best ways to defend against these vulnerabilities.

So as you can imagine this course is extremely useful as it opens your mind to the security issues your organization could open too, so get started now

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8. Cryptography

Hopefully you can see that cryptography is essential for protecting confidential data (if not then get watching the course straight away)

So as you can imagine fully understanding this topic is extremely important when looking for a job in cyber security. I am sure you will also be asked questions about crypto when going for job interviews.
In this course you will be learning about how and why cryptographers come up with new algorithms, how and why encryption is used, and different types of encryption which are being used currently.
I found this course very interesting and it was probably favorite.
One thing to note, if your goal is to become a cryptographer then you need to be very good at math’s. The salary is also very good.

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9. Risk Assessment and Management

This course is a must if you’re thinking of a career as a Cyber security risk analyst.
You will be doing assessments for applications, systems and the entire organization essentially making sure everyone’s project is secure.
This course is taken by Kevin Henry and was a very good watch.
I picked up loads of useful knowledge especially opening my eyes to things to look out for when assessing different projects.

10. Technologies used in Cyber Security

This was a great course, especially if you’re interested in learning about the the bigger picture of an IT infrastructure. You get to see all the different technologies which are used to protect entire networks, office buildings, and systems themselves.

By the end of the course you will be able to piece every bit together to give you a great understanding of how all of these technologies secure a business.

For me, this was best course to do after the learning the 9 above because it was the like final pieces of the jigsaw.


My conclusion to the article and the best advice I can give is, before you think of applying for any cyber security job, entry level or higher and either in the UK or anywhere else in the world, make sure you have a good understanding of each topic in the article. If you haven’t, then make sure you have a look at courses I have linked too as they will certainly bring you up to speed.

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