DHS expands access to virtual cybersecurity training

DHS expands access to virtual cybersecurity training

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding access to its Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) program to state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) government employees -- part of the department's efforts to build a strong cyber workforce that can keep up with evolving technology and increasing cybersecurity risks.

The online program, which is sponsored by DHS and supported by the Defense Information Systems Agency. contains more than 800 hours of training on topics such as ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, malware analysis as well as a preparation exams for security certifications. The free, governmentwide program includes more than 150 demos and 3,000 related materials, including videotaped lectures and hands-on virtual labs where users can practice what they’ve learned on a "sandbox" network.

DHS is coordinating its outreach about the program through the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation's SLTT governments.  Government personnel will be able to access the system at fedvte.usalearning.gov. SLTT government personnel can also contact info@msisac.org with any account approval questions.

Last year, DHS employees across the country used FedVTE for more than 35,000 hours of training each month, and the program saved the federal government more than $72 million in training costs.

FedVTE is accessible from any Internet-enabled computer and offers courses from basic knowledge to advanced levels. A full list of courses can be found here.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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