Cybersecurity Education, Research & Outreach Center

Getting Started in Cybersecurity

All levels:

Generally valuable resources regardless of educational level.

  • /r/netsec - A great community dedicated to providing a variety of resources which suit everyone from beginners to experts

Beginning/Middle School:

The resources in this section are a good starting point for those just getting started in computer science/cyber security

  • FutureLearn - Free course that provides an introduction to cybersecurity
  • Blown to Bits - A free book focused around the history of bits and the impact of computer science in our world
  • NOVA labs game - A small, fun game that teaches the basic types of cyber attacks
  • CS Education Week - Games and beginning coding/computer science tutorials
  • Cybrary - Free, open source lessons for cyber security training.
  • - Awesome resource for learning HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other web development skills
  • CyberPatriot - National Youth Cyber Education Program

Intermediate/High School:

This section is for those who already know some about cybersecurity, and want delve deeper into the subject

  • PWN Adventure -  A first person MMORPG where hacking is encouraged and necessary (you will need to run your own server for this to work unfortunately)
  • Hacker High School - A series of lessons that teach good ethics and common practices in cybersecurity
  • 41 best security blogs - Want to stay up to date with what's happening in the security world? Bookmark some of these and read up
  • NCSA - Offers a variety of resources for cyber security students
  • Open Security Training - Similar to the Khan Academy, dedicated to sharing training information.
  • The Iron Geek - Some good general security papers
  • Books - Security books in a multitude of subjects
  • NANOG - IT professional knowledge repository
  • OWASP - The Open Web Application Security Project, contains massive resources on most attack types and security risks
  • TeachCyber - A concise compilation of free online resources to help teach and learn cybersecurity


This section is for knowledgeable users who wish to truly get involved in security and develop career skills

  • Hack This Site - Hacking challenges for all skill levels and multiple different skillsets
  • CEH Study Guide - A comprehensive guide for the Certified Ethical Hacker exam
  • - Hacking challenges and learning resources
  • Learn Metasploit - Metasploit is one of the most widely used attack platforms out there, it is important to become familiar with it.
  • Metasploitable Linux - An exploitable linux virtual machine. Use this or another VM for all testing. Do not attack real machines without explicit permission!
  • Social Engineering Framework - Learn all about social engineering
  • Learn tcpdump - A good primer for the tcpdump tool (used for network analysis)
  • CTF Registration - One site that allows you to register and compete in public capture the flag competitions

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