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Joining online communities is advantageous for both IT and cybersecurity professionals and people interested in the industry. Online communities not only keep you up to date on current trends and advancements in the industry, but they are also a great way to network, collaborate and share insights with fellow experts and enthusiasts.
Antionline Forum has been around since the early 2000s. While it has slowed down in members, its current users create an active and vibrant community for enthusiasts and professionals alike. It features forums discussing issues like adware, firewalls, cyber-scams and antivirus, but it also covers software, training, conferences, and general discussion. Viewers can even find original tutorials written about a variety of security-related subjects.
CompTIA Connect is a member-led community that includes technology interest groups, industry advisory councils and public sector councils with the goal to collaborate on technology and business-building initiatives, network with peers, open doors to new partnerships, and contribute ideas to shape the future of the industry. CompTIA is the leading voice and advocates for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem, and they have partnered with TechnoEdge Learning to provide top-tiered prep courses, including:
If you are looking for curated content sent in a newsletter from a cybersecurity expert, a website dedicated to blog and essay writing, tutorials, and a podcast that explores the intersection of security, technology, and society, then the Daniel Miessler community of 50,000 strong is for you. If you want to get more involved in his cybersecurity community, he also has paid access to slack channels, a book club, and more.
Bleeping Computer is a lively community of over 700,000 registered members seeking advice and knowledge on IT and cybersecurity. Members can join in on general discussions, ask a question themselves, or go through guides on how to remove specific ransomware and viruses from their computers. Bleeping computer is aimed more towards enthusiasts and beginners looking for help and insights than professionals trying to network.
ISACA Engage is an online platform for members of the ISACA community. The ISACA is one of the top resources for best practices and certifications in IT audit/assurance, governance, COBIT, and risk management. The online community has professional domain communities, exam prep communities, and non-technical special interest groups members and non-members. ISACA also host events and volunteer opportunities for their members.
Looking for more of a professional networking community? LinkedIn Groups is the best place to actively prospect, connect with like-minded professionals, and learn from top minds in the industry in a professional environment. LinkedIn Groups are all request to join, making them industry exclusive. There are groups that are just for professionals who have achieved different industry certifications, such as:
Or there are more general cybersecurity groups open to anyone in the industry, such as:
Keep yourself involved in online communities to say up to date on security trends, connect and network, and help solve complex problems for others in the community. Whether you are a professional, an enthusiast, or brand new to the IT and cybersecurity world, there is an online community for you to join. Unsure how to interact in an online community, especially one aimed towards networking in a professional environment? Take online communications courses to gain confidence in your digital communication skills be able to network like a pro.
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