Additional Categories

Free Training for Kids

Name & Direct LinkDescription
Cyberstart AmericaA free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry, up their digital skills, and compete for college scholarships.
Cyberstart GoFree cybersecurity challenges for high school students.
picoCTF and picoGympicoCTF is a free computer security game designed for middle and high school students. picoGym is a non-competitive practice space where you can explore and solve challenges from previously released picoCTF competitions.
CS UnpluggedA collection of free teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles.
Code.orgFree computer science courses for students K-12
Coding for Kids in PythonYouTube video series for kids on the NPStation YouTube channel.
Cyber Games UKInteractive resources and games for different aspects of Cybersecurity.
HackTaleA gamified platform simulating a real life cyber event.
TechGirlzTechGirlz hosts several free workshops related to coding and cybersecurity.
Young Leaders in TechFree videos related to cybersecurity.

Free Training for Veterans

Name & Direct LinkDescription
WithYouWithMeFree Courses for Veterans including a Cyber Defender Pathway
FedVTEFederal Virtual Training Environment - Provides free online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and US military veterans.
Palo Alto Networks Second WatchOffers free Cybersecurity training to Military Veterans.
Splunk Training for VeteransFree Splunk Training for Veterans
Fortinet Veterans ProgramFocuses on helping veterans transition into the cybersecurity industry.
Mosse Cyber Security Institute Free Remote Internship Certification Program for VeteransThe Remote Internship Certification Program is a global initiative delivering free access to all military veterans.
SANS VetSuccess Academy"The VetSuccess Academy is part of the SANS Immersion Academy program, an intensive, accelerated training program that provides SANS world-class training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity. SANS Immersion Academies are 100% scholarship-based and no cost to participants."
DoD SkillBridge"The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences."
Onward to Opportunity (O2O) "A free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career."

Free Ethical Hacking Training

I’m not going to spend a lot of time building this section out because my focus is on DFIR, however, I do think that learning some hacking helps to better detect and defend.

For this category, “Beginner” assumes that you have a general understanding of the four core training categories listed on the home page.

Name & Direct LinkPlatformFor BeginnersHands-On ComponentProof of CompletionTopics
Hackers AriseHackers AriseVarious Ethical Hacking Tutorials (Wireless, Password Cracking, Evading AV, Anti-Forensics, WebApp Hacking, Bluetooth Hacking, etc)
SecurityTubeSecurityTubeVarious Ethical Hacking Videos
Free Short Course: Pen TestingCharles Sturt UniversityYesYes - Certificate of CompletionScoping, Enumeration and Vulnerability Scanning, Exploitation and Password Cracking, Report Writing and Risk Analysis
Kali Linux RevealedOffensive SecurityLinux Fundamentals, Installing Kali, Configuring Kali, Debian Package Management, Kali Linux in the Enterprise, Intro to Security Assessments
Metasploit UnleashedOffensive SecurityMetasploit Architecture, Exploits, Payloads, Databases, Meterpreter, Nessus, Password Sniffing, Python Extension, Privilege Escalation, Packet Sniffing, Pivoting, Making a Log Entry, Timestomp, Keylogging, John the Ripper, Maintaining Access, Backdoors, and more.
WebSecurity AcademyPortSwiggerYesWeb Cache Poisoning, Information Disclosure, XXE Injection, XSS, SQL Injection, CSRF, HTTP Request Smuggling, OS Command Injection, Directory Traversal, Access Control Vulnerabilities, Authentication, Business Logic, Vulnerabilities and more.
HackerSploitYouTube - HackerSploitYes - Some things such as the Penetration Testing Bootcamp and How to Set Up a Pentesting Lab.Kali Linux, BlackArch Linux, Metasploitable, Python for Penetration Testing, Burp Suite, OWASP Juice Shop, Recon-ng, Arch Linux, Network Sniffing & Spoofing, NMAP, VulnHub, HTB, TryHackMe, OpenVAS, Bug Bounty
Hack The Box, HTB Academy & Hacking BattlegroundsHack The BoxYes - HTB Academy has training modules for beginners. Hacking Battlegrounds and Hack The Box require you to hack your way in to be able to create an account.YesHacking (I hear they also have some forensics challenges but you have to hack your way in to do them).
Offensive Software Exploitation (OSE) CourseGitHub - ashemeryYesPE Format, DLLS, Bug Hunting, Fuzzing, Buffer Overflows, Metasploit, Mitigation Techniques, Egghunter, Post Exploitation, x86 and x64 Assembly, Reverse Engineering.
Hacking Techniques and Intrusion DetectionOpen Security Training - Ali HadiYesSocial Engineering, Physical Pentesting, Backtrack Basics, Scoping, Recon, Footprinting, Fingerprinting, Scanning, Software Exploitation, Client Side Attacks, Post Exploitation, Metasploit
INE Starter Pass (Penetration Testing)INEYesYesYesBurp Suite, HTTP Protocols, Wireshark, TCP, UDP, Programming, OSINT, NMAP, Vulnerability Assessment, Nessus, XSS, SQL Injections, Google Hacking, Malware, Web Attacks, System Attacks, Network Attacks, Metasploit