Interested in learning more about key cyber and security issues? Below is a list of training opportunities that you may find valuable.


Ransomware is a type of malware that limits users from accessing their system, while demanding a ransom payment. Victims are at risk of temporary and permanent data loss. In 2020 the average payment following a ransomware attack rocketed up 171% to $312,493 and the highest ransom demanded was a whopping $30 million.*

In light of the increase in worldwide ransomware attacks, (ISC)² is offering free access to our Ransomware Express Learning course through July 31, 2021. We recognize the intense demand for ransomware prevention and mitigation content, which is why we are opening registration to anyone who is interested in the topic.

During this 2-hour course, you will learn the major distinctions between ransomware and malware, the key characteristics of ransomware attacks, and the protection strategies and remediation plans for ransomware attacks that should be in place ahead of time.

Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework)

The NICE Framework is comprised of the following components:

  • Categories (7) – A high-level grouping of common cybersecurity functions
  • Specialty Areas (33) – Distinct areas of cybersecurity work
  • Work Roles (52) – The most detailed groupings of cybersecurity work comprised of specific knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform tasks in a Work Role

To explore the NICE Framework, click on the Categories and Specialty Areas below or use the links above to search within the NICE Framework components or by keyword. Review the Using the NICE Framework PDF to learn more.

Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE)

The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides FREE online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government employees, federal contractors, US military veterans and the public. Managed by DHS, FedVTE contains more than 800 hours of training on topics such as ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, and malware analysis.

FedVTE offers:

  • Courses for all proficiency levels from beginner to advanced
  • 800 hours of training mapped to the NICE Framework
  • Certification prep courses on topics such as Ethical Hacking, Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • The ability to work at your own pace from any computer or mobile device

Select cybersecurity training courses are now available FREE to the public!

WPI Summer Cyber Reboot – 

WPI Acquisition Hour –

For additional information on this topic, please contact Marc Violante at or 414-270-3600.