WIT and Cybrary to train girls in cyber security skills

Cybrary offers free licenses for Women in Technology members training in cyber security

IT and cyber security massive open online course (MOOC) provider Cybrary has joined forces with Women in Technology (WIT) to support girls considering a career in technology.

Cybrary will be offering unlimited licenses to its enterprise training platform for use in several WIT programmes.

Since launching in January 2015, Cybrary has more than 90,000 users in over 150 countries. Cybrary currently offers certification courses in systems administration, network administration and cyber security.

WIT plans to use Cybrary to support a partnership between WIT’s workforce development committee (WDC) and cyber security special interest group (CyberSIG) to offer hands-on training in cyber security.

WIT also plans to use Cybrary to expand its Girls in Technology CyberGirls training for the CyberPatriot High School Competition. 

“Our mission is to provide comprehensive IT and cyber security training options for underserved and disadvantaged people seeking to break into cyber security or advance in their current jobs,” said Ryan Corey, co-founder of Cybrary.

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“Our platform will assist Women in Technology in advancing its mission by enabling WIT members and protégés to access our growing catalogue of free IT and cyber security courses and content, as well as actively track the progress of participants,” he said. 

The training platform from Cybrary enables teachers or mentors to track the completion of classes by users. It also informs them of how users are progressing through reports and notifications.

“We are thrilled to join Cybrary in its educational efforts,” said WIT president Kellye Sheehan. “As our technology becomes more innovative and complex, we need to build a stronger collective understanding of IT and cyber security.”

Cybrary content and courses are also available for organisations that require security training with CAP, FISMA, HIPAA, Risk Management Framework and End User Security Awareness. 

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That's wonderful of them to offer such a thing. I had never heard of WIT and had to look them up. Looks like they are based in the Washington, D.C. area. 

I commend them for offering a network of support and leadership to women working in IT. I hope that in the future they, or other similar groups, can expand to have a nationwide presence. I would absolutely be interested if there was something like this available in my area of the Midwest. 
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