Cybrary makes 500+ hours of premium training content free to address cybersecurity skills shortage

Feb. 9, 2023
New Free Premium Content Offering Marks a Sharp Departure from Industry’s Failing Training Options, Provides the Essential Skillset Needed to Launch a Cyber Career.

College Park, MD, Feb. 7, 2023 — Cybrary, the leading training platform for cybersecurity professionals, today announced Cybrary Free Access, an offering unlocking more than 500 hours of free, premium cybersecurity skills training and upskilling content.

The move is designed to address the longstanding cybersecurity skills shortage, which is a result of the lack of affordable quality training options that provide current and prospective cybersecurity professionals with the guidance and practical skills required to secure employment. Through Cybrary Free Access, participants gain access to guided instruction on key foundational roles and concepts, certification preparation, and threat-based training to develop skills to defend against real adversaries.

 “The industry is facing a capacity, capability, and confidence problem. While everyone is talking about it, the problem isn’t getting any better. What we’re doing is working to get millions of people in those seats," said Kevin Hanes, CEO of Cybrary. "We’re coming back with a stronger free product than ever in response to not only the skills shortage, but also a market that’s in need of new opportunities. This isn’t just free content; it’s an experience designed to provide practitioners with hands-on skills training based on the threats organizations are facing now or likely to face soon.”

"What first attracted me to Cybrary was the community. Cybrary's users are all highly engaged not only in developing their own careers, but in onboarding new cybersecurity professionals and helping their peers to advance," said Jim Curry, Co-Founder of the Build Group, which led Cybrary’s C Round funding. "The opportunity to combine critical mission with a great business is a rare opportunity, and we are excited to continue to support it. With this new launch, Cybrary is furthering its community commitment and we are proud to stand behind them on it."

Cybrary Free Access expands three categories of premium content with more than 500 hours of material to help users advance towards their career goals:

  • IT Foundations and Cybersecurity Foundations Paths: a comprehensive, deep dive into the core concepts found across all cybersecurity roles and the IT ecosystem.
    • IT Foundations includes overviews of hardware, systems architecture, operating systems, networking and context.
    • Cybersecurity Foundations includes introductory content, career paths, threats and adversaries, vulnerabilities and risks, cryptography, hacking systems, defending systems, security architecture, controls, scripting and more.
  • Certification Prep Courses: help for those who are not only looking to achieve recognized accreditations, but are also looking to understand the underlying concepts behind the certifications.
  • Advanced Courses: experienced talent seeking to further advance their skills can access a sampling of interactive labs based on realistic attack scenarios.

“I’m proud that Cybrary continues to lead the development and expansion of our vital cybersecurity workforce. Cybrary’s training and materials -- including of the latest critical vulnerabilities and attack vectors – are essential to ensuring front-line cyber defenders have the skills to protect our nation and its businesses," said Ron Gula, President at Gula Tech Adventures. "Offering free access to premium content is, quite simply, an extension of the company’s long-standing commitment to the cyber community and will ensure that no one who wants to break into this field or upskill during these tumultuous economic times is turned away.”

“Cybrary’s content is superb," said George Steuart, CISSP, a cybersecurity professional for a leading Boston medical establishment and one of approximately 3 million registered Cybrary users. "And unlocking this content is going to make cybersecurity careers accessible to a lot more people.”

Visit Cybrary's blog post to learn more about their commitment to solving the cybersecurity skills shortage and how to sign up for the Cybrary Free Access offering.