Need a free visual and audio Information Security learning experience?

I thought I’d bring to everyone’s attention an excellent and free computer security training tool for IT professionals. The Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University hosts a Virtual Training Environment (VTE) with a number of free demos, labs, and lectures.

VTE is a revolutionary resource for information assurance, incident response and computer forensic training, with over 500 hours of material available. VTE blends the best of classroom instruction and self-paced online training, delivering training courses, anytime access to answers, and hands-on training labs all through a standard Web browser.

If you’re a sponsored DoD member, you will receive premium access to hands-on lab simulations. However, general public visitors still have a wealth of resources available to them through the VTE Public Library.

VTE

The public library offers demos and lectures in a variety of topics, such as forensics, cryptography, networking, and other subjects depicted in the screenshot above. The demonstrations are nice in that there usually is voice over narration that explains what the operator is doing and why. The lectures are hit and miss depending on the instructor. Some presenters are just terrible at public speaking and remind me of a high school speech class. Other’s are professionals in the field and provide valuable information. The lectures are usually accompanied by a powerpoint presentation, a transcript of the dialog, and a streaming video of the classroom in which it is being held. Below is an example of the lecture interface.

VTE

Overall, this site is a great training tool for those who learn better with visual and audio media. Visit the Virtual Training Environment for yourself and let me know your opinion.