There are all kinds of great ways in which you can practice your cybersecurity skills, gain experience, and make connections that will build your network. Below are some suggestions to get you started.

*Don’t forget to add these experiences to your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate how you are honing your skills beyond your NexGenT training.

OverTheWire offers Wargames to help you learn and practice security concepts.

Under the Wire offers Windows PowerShell training for all levels.

Try Hack Me offers guides and challenges for real-world practice. It’s also a great way to connect with other hackers and cybersecurity enthusiasts.

Hack the Box is “a massive hacking playground” where you can level up your skills and connect with fellow hackers.

Cybersecurity meetups are a good way to connect with other cybersecurity enthusiasts and professionals. There are literally hundreds of organizations and groups to be discovered here.

The Cyber Warrior Network offers Cyber Wraith, a “first cyber gaming universe that connects candidates to employers.”

This Introduction to Linux helps those new to Linux and those needing a refresher “develop a good working knowledge of Linux using both the graphical interface and command-line across the major Linux distribution families.”

PCAP: Programming Essentials In Python takes a deep dive into the language surrounding IoT devices.

Amazon Web Services offers dozens of free training courses. Here are a few that focus on cloud security.