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Security School: Enroll today and advance your tech career

Insider Pro and CertsNexus have created a virtual classroom where subscribers can learn and test their cybersecurity readiness.

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Welcome to Insider Pro

For more than 50 years, IDG has earned the trust of its readers with authoritative coverage of the technology industry. Insider Pro is the natural evolution of the insightful coverage our publications have produced for decades.

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IT Salary Survey: Do tech certifications pay off?

In our recent survey, we asked IT professionals if certifications helped them land a job, earn a promotion or get a pay raise, and which certifications they’re planning to pursue. Here’s what we learned.

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Career roadmap: CISO

The chief information security officer (CISO) role has been steadily rising in importance and visibility. CISOs now carry the burden of responsibility for securing some of a company’s most valuable resources.

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IT certifications and training center

Certifications show that you’re committed to your job, have specific skills and are willing to up your game. Check out our online training courses and guides to top certifications -- all part of your Insider Pro subscription.

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Earn your IoT security certification

Insider Pro subscribers have free access to an online course that leads to a Certified IoT Security Practitioner (CIoTSP) certification.

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Top cyber security certifications: Who they're for, what they cost, and which you need

Expand your skills, know-how and career horizons with these highly respected cybersecurity certifications.

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Guide to top security certifications

Security professionals are in demand and with the right certification, you’re in even higher demand. To help you decide which certs are for you, we’ve compiled a list of top security certifications -- broken down by category...

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Cybersecurity education in the age of acceleration

The cyber threat landscape demands professional development initiatives.

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OSCP cheating allegations a reminder to verify hacking skills when hiring

A former student’s claim of widespread cheating on the OSCP exam underscores need to test security job candidates.

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Threats to information security in K-12

Even schools outside of higher education have an abundance of data that is coveted by hackers.

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In pursuit of the elusive green dot

An increasingly complex security landscape (with all the new certification standards, regulations and audits) means we need more universal security standards.

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IT help wanted, cybersecurity experience preferred

To fix the cybersecurity labor shortage, IT organizations should cross-train IT workers on cybersecurity.

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A rocket scientist hacks the cybersecurity labor crisis

The CEO of Girls Scouts of the USA may have cracked the code on where to find future cyber fighters.

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6 reasons why awareness programs fail even when following best practices

Taking into account the traditional critical success factors of security awareness may not be enough to create a security aware environment.

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Top IT security certifications for critical infrastructure — by sector

With the rising need for skilled cybersecurity professionals across all 16 critical infrastructures, here's an easy reference to infrastructure-specific certifications in cybersecurity. This is based on conversations with...

The best ethical hacking courses and certifications

Becoming a certified ethical hacker, also called a penetration tester, is a popular goal among information security professionals. Here are your best options for reaching it.

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Free public certificate authorities: Nice idea, big flaw

Certificate authorities such as Let's Encrypt attempt to provide a valuable service for all. But there's a serious problem with what they offer

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How to avoid falling for the W-2 phishing scam

The W-2 scam provides another example of how a security awareness program that adapts to trending threats has an advantage over a one-size-fits-all plan.

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Reaching the cybersecurity tipping point

Are you creating conditions that lead employees toward their cybersecurity tipping point—to committing to solid security and privacy practices?

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