From corporate to governments, cyber security has become an issue of primary importance and so is the education on it. The world’s first and free cyber security massive open online course (MOOC) provider, Cybrary has recently raised $400,000 in seed funding round led by Inner Loop Capital and New Stack Ventures.
Founded in 2015, Cybrary offers many aspiring cyber security professionals free, high-quality results oriented cyber security courses that will help the learners to advance in the career and to protect their online information from hackers. The courses are offered to anyone with any skills. It mainly targets at the underserved and disadvantaged community who are looking forward to serve in the cyber security field. The startup has gained more than 175,000 users globally in the small time span of six months. In the month of July alone, more than 84,000 users took up courses on cyber security which shows the company is growing at a very fast rate.
“Our vision is to make Cybrary the largest and most influential online cyber security community. One that is fueled by free learning and a robust job and resume market for tackling the industry skills and talent gap,” said Ryan Corey, co-founder of Cybrary. “We want to foster a community where users can showcase their profiles, share their accomplishments and contribute to the learning of others through free education,” added Corey.
With the fresh funds, the startup plans to use it for increasing the exposure of the Cybrary with new marketing strategies, boost the community growth, introduce many new courses with advanced content.
In the last months, Cybrary has introduced many initiatives that are designed to improve the talent of the cyber security workforce. The programs consist of pilot programs with Women in Technology (WiT) and Cornerstone that helps women in the cyber security industry, educational training platform to help K-12 and higher education educator plans and design the cyber security curriculum and enterprise training platform for the companies to train their employees on cyber security and protection.