Cybersecurity Essentials


Cybersecurity Essentials

Explore crucial security principles essential for network protection.

 By Cisco Networking Academy

Foundations of Cybersecurity: Understanding Risks and Career Options

A single security breach can seriously damage a company, affecting its finances and disrupting many people’s lives. This increased risk underscores the growing demand for security professionals. Begin your journey by learning about cybercrime, basic security concepts, technologies, and strategies for securing networks. Then, consider whether you prefer specializing in networking or security. This path is beneficial if you’re aiming for CCNA or CyberOps Associate Certifications. It’s advisable to have some background in cybersecurity or complete an introductory course beforehand. Start by mastering the fundamentals of cybercrime, security principles, and network protection. Afterward, reflect on which path—networking or security—best fits your interests and goals.

Skills you’ll gain include:

  • Security Controls: Implement measures for networks, servers, and applications against cyber threats.
  • Security Principles: Understand key principles and create compliant policies.
  • Data Confidentiality and Availability: Learn to maintain data confidentiality and availability.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Develop these skills using real equipment like a Cisco Packet Tracer.

The self-paced course, available in multiple languages, is now called the Junior Cybersecurity Analyst Career Path on the Skills for All platform by Cisco Networking Academy. Prior cybersecurity knowledge or introductory courses are recommended.


Experience interactive lessons with practice labs, activities, videos, and quizzes. Finish with a final exam to test your knowledge.


Join student forums to ask questions and connect with instructors and peers. Network with alumni on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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Get a certificate, attendance statement, or digital badge when you finish. Share your accomplishments on social media or your resume.

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