Kick Off Cybersecurity Month with These 15 Free Tutorials and Guides

CompTIA has a wealth of free resources to help you start learning and kick off your cybersecurity career.
Free Cybersecurity Resources

Security breaches happen every day, and, if it hasn’t already, one very well could happen to you or your organization. Did you know that 95% of breaches are caused by human error? Cyberattacks can happen to anyone, anywhere, and we all need to do our part to help prevent or minimize them. From the help desk to the security operations center (SOC), cybersecurity is everyone’s job.

Luckily for you, CompTIA has a wealth of free resources to help you start learning. We have gathered a collection of our favorite articles to help you build your cybersecurity skills. From the dark web to penetration testing, discover new things and refresh your cybersecurity knowledge. Check out the resources below and read at your own (cyber) risk.

15 Free Cybersecurity Resources

Why Is Cybersecurity Important?

Learn about different types of cybersecurity threats, why cyberattacks happen and who they target. Learn how to  identify why cybersecurity is important and more importantly, why it’s everyone’s job.

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework: The IT Pro Toolbox

Understand the five core functions of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.

What Is the Dark Web?  A Brief Primer

The dark web normally pertains to scary thoughts and sinister searches. Don’t worry, it’s not all that bad. There are many ways an IT pro can use the dark web for good. Learn more about the good, the bad and the ugly within the dark web.

What Is a DDoS Attack and How Does It Work?

According to InfoSecurity Magazine, about 2.9 million DDoS attacks occurred in Q1 of 2021, with an increase of 31% over the same period in 2020. There are multiple DDoS attack strategies, learn how you can utilize them and stop these attacks.

5 Simple Ways to Become PCI-DSS Compliant

Follow these five steps to guard customer data, avoid reputational damage and future-proof your organization.

Penetration Testing Automation: An Essential Skill

Will automated pen testing replace us humans? Understanding how to use automation in penetration testing can help you stop breaches.

Data Breach Response Planning Guide

From preplanning and detection to protection, communication and recovery, this guide will provide you with the best responses to a data breach.

Pen Testing in the Cloud: The New Challenges

With every challenge comes opportunity. You have to think like you’re the attacker and mitigate weaknesses in your surrounding environment.

How Real Cybersecurity Pros Keep Their Cybersecurity Skills Sharp                       

We’ve got the inside scoop from the real IT pros. Read on as IT pros share learning resources and actionable advice to help you stay current on cybersecurity trends and best practices.

What Is Social Engineering? The Human Element in the Technology Scam

Research the target, make contact with the target and attack! It’s all about beating the cybercriminals at their own game when it comes to social engineering.

What Is an ISAO?

As cyber threats continue to increase, organizations and big businesses are fighting their best fights to stop the attacks. Learn what an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) really is and how they help to stop attacks.

What Is Spoofing?

Spoofing can be seen anywhere, even in your favorite movies. Read more about different types of spoofing and how you can spot them.

Two-Factor Authentication: A Primer for Today’s IT Professional

Ever wonder why it’s so important to learn multi-factor authentication? It’s everywhere and improves security by a landslide. Read more about why two (or three) authentications are better than one.

How Businesses Can Strategize for Data Governance

While complying with regulations, learn how to collect and secure data and find the best approach to data governance.

Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment: Working Together

Learn more about vulnerability scanning, reporting and analysis and how this combo supports vulnerability assessment and management activities.

+ Means Cybersecurity Careers

Do you need to improve your cybersecurity skills? At CompTIA + means IT careers. CompTIA certifications are well known for providing you the credentials you need to show future employers you have the skills to protect their organization.

Here are 5 ways that + means IT careers:

Choose a Certification

Not sure which certification is right for you? CompTIA offers cybersecurity certifications for every level of expertise. Our cybersecurity pathway can help you pick a certification based on your experience and career goals.

Study for Your CompTIA Certification Exam

CompTIA has multiple options to help you study for your CompTIA certification exam. Whether it’s eLearning or study guides, we have what you need to prepare. Read more about how to study for CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), and stay tuned for the launch of new CompTIA PenTest+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) training options later this month.

Save Money on CompTIA Certifications

Getting a CompTIA IT certification is an investment in your career, but getting a discount can help. There are a number of ways you can get a discount on your CompTIA purchases.

Take Your CompTIA Certification Exam

Scheduling your exam is the easy part. CompTIA offers online testing 24/7, so you can either go to a testing center or take it from nearly anywhere with an internet connection.

Land Your Next IT Job

Once you earn your certification, CompTIA can help you find the perfect IT job. We’ve teamed up with ZipRecruiter so you can get access to job alerts, digital badging and more. ZipRecruiter is a leading online employment marketplace that leverages artificial intelligence (AI)-powered smart-matching technology to actively connect millions of employers and job seekers. Be sure to sync your credentials on ZipRecruiter and continue to grow within the tech industry.

We hope these resources will further enhance your career profile. Keeping up your cybersecurity skills is very important. It’s essential that you are aware of the latest threats to stay ahead of the cybercriminals all around us.

Learn the skills you need to get started in cybersecurity with CompTIA CertMaster Learn for Security+. Sign up today for a free trial.

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