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Md. firm’s free cybersecurity app gains offline viewing feature

Cybrary.it is trying to make cybersecurity education more accessible — particularly in the developing world where Internet access can be unreliable — with a new mobile app. (submitted image)

Cybrary.it is trying to make cybersecurity education more accessible — particularly in the developing world where Internet access can be unreliable — with a new mobile app. (submitted image)

A Greenbelt-based company is trying to make cybersecurity education more accessible — particularly in the developing world where Internet access can be unreliable — with a new mobile app.

Cybrary, which has been offering free online courses in a variety of cybersecurity-related topics since it launched in January, unveiled the free app last month, says Co-Founder Ryan Corey.  Since then, it has been downloaded by nearly 50,000 people, he said.

Initially, the course videos could only be viewed on Cybrary’s website, but after hearing from users who needed more flexibility — and had spotty Internet connections — the company developed the app, Corey said.

The app allows users to download lesson videos to their devices so they can be watched offline later, when Internet access may not be available. Once users view the content, they can delete it and download new course materials the next time they find Internet service.

While the majority of Cybrary’s users are still in the United States, the app has broadened the company’s reach with users in India, Pakistan, South America, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and the Philippines, Corey said.

The company boasts that it’s the largest cybersecurity training provider in the world with about 300,000 users evenly split among the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and India, Middle East and Africa, Corey said.

In late August, when the company closed a $400,000 seed round, Corey told The Daily Record that Cybrary had 180,000 users.

Since its products are free, the company generates revenue through online advertising and a still-in-development subscription service that will provide resumes to employers.

The company was founded on the idea that traditional cybersecurity training is too expensive, and, with technology evolving so quickly, it doesn’t make sense to pay thousands of dollars for a multi-day seminar whose content will likely be outdated in two years, Corey said.

A recent report from Cisco Systems, Inc. said there were as many as 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide, and there is a particular need for cybersecurity professionals — such as ethical hackers, who test the security of computer networks but with no malicious intent — in Africa, Corey said.

The company doesn’t offer assessments or certifications itself, but it directs users to organizations that do offer certification in the topics they study.

The Cybrary app is currently only available for Android devices, and the company is still perfecting its operations before launching a version for Apple devices; Corey expects that to happen by mid-2016.