Dustin Decker

Breaking into Cybersecurity

Breaking in to the Cybersecurity industry can be difficult, but certainly not impossible. A background in computer science isn’t required although some experience with network administration will be very helpful.

A number of traditional higher education institutions offer various certificate and degree programs at varying rates. Trusted leaders in the industry such as the SANS Institute offer in-depth education at a premium.

Regardless of any formal path a new practitioner may choose there will be countless hours of extracurricular study, research and analysis. This is a lifelong pursuit of improvement. Below are some resources – some paid, others open-source or free – that will keep you busy and your brain full.

You can read up on my recent journey through obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Computer Science degree from SANS University here and here.  Below are a couple of collections of useful links.

Attack Maps
World Wide Attacks – Live
MAP | Kaspersky Cyberthreat real-time map
Live Cyber Threat Map | Check Point
Cyber-attack Map
FireEye Cyber Threat Map
Live Threat Map | Radware
Internet Outages Map

SEC.gov | Filings & Forms
State Laws Related to Digital Privacy

IP Address Lookup | Geolocation
Free Whois Lookup – Whois IP Search & Whois Domain Lookup | Whois.com
Sicehice – Home
Shodan Search Engine
ThreatMiner.org | Data Mining for Threat Intelligence
URL and website scanner – urlscan.io
AbuseIPDB – IP address abuse reports – Making the Internet safer, one IP at a time

Advancing IT, Audit, Governance, Risk, Privacy & Cybersecurity | ISACA
Information Systems Security Association – ISSA International
CIS Center for Internet Security
CISA Cybersecurity Resources | CISA

5 Whys: The Ultimate Root Cause Analysis Tool
Mozilla Observatory
Content-Security-Policy Header CSP Reference & Examples
Report URI: Generate your Content Security Policy
CSP Evaluator
Compiled/Shared by Dustin Decker
Free Online / In-Person Learning Opportunities:

ClassCentral – https://www.classcentral.com/
Cybrary – https://www.cybrary.it/
SANS Institute – https://www.sans.org/cyberaces/
EdX – https://www.edx.org/
Coursera – https://www.coursera.org/
Codecamp – https://www.freecodecamp.org/
Cyber Games / Activities:

OverTheWire – https://overthewire.org/wargames/
UnderTheWire – https://underthewire.tech/
TryHackMe – https://tryhackme.com/
HackTheBox – https://www.hackthebox.com/
Coding Game – https://www.codingame.com/
Code Wars – https://www.codewars.com/
Crypto Pals – https://cryptopals.com/
PicoCTF – https://picoctf.org/
RootMe – https://www.root-me.org/?lang=en
Malware Unicorn – https://malwareunicorn.org/
Codecademy – https://www.codecademy.com/
DFIR Tools, Resources, Links – https://start.me/p/q6mw4Q/forensics

CyberChef – https://gchq.github.io/CyberChef/
GTFOBins – https://gtfobins.github.io/
Reverse Shell Cheatsheet – https://github.com/swisskyrepo/PayloadsAllTheThings/blob/master/Methodology%20and%20Resources/Reverse%20Shell%20Cheatsheet.md
Compiled/Shared by Matthew F. https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-d-fein