COURSE 1: CYBERSECURITY TOTAL IMMERSION
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The Cyber Academy is a progression of three courses designed to impart a strong foundation of offensive and defensive information security skills in 30 weeks of full-time study. 100% project-based, the learn-by-doing program developed by Socratic Arts, was funded by the Department of Defense (under agreement C5-16-0023) and designed in conjunction with DoD-selected experts.
Students work through 19 tasks (spending 1-2 weeks per task) online in a private cloud environment with help, advice, and feedback from a knowledgeable mentor and extensive online learning resources. The tasks are embedded in the realistic-but-fictional context of work as an entry-level employee of a government cyber operations agency.
In addition to the task-based curriculum, an implicit curriculum runs throughout the program via which students learn and practice the cognitive skills essential for success in all areas of information security.
Given the constantly changing nature of threats and challenges, these skills are of equal or greater importance than the task-specific skills students learn. Students must pass each successive course to be eligible to continue.
The combination of newly acquired cyber skills and the attributes Veterans bring with them from their service experiences will make them competitive in the job market and be an effective addition to the cybersecurity workforce.
The immersive project education approach Socratic Arts applies will be recognized by Veterans of all branches as it is very similar to the scenario-based learning and simulation exercises they experienced in their military training.
During the online classes, students will get video prompts of common threats, like a cyber attack on a hospital in Chicago. Mentors are then available by video chat to help guide the user toward how to begin finding and fixing the problem.
Upon completion of all three courses, you will graduate the program with end-to-end experience working in all key areas of information security.
“It is very important to me that Veterans feel valued and realize their value as they transition from their time in the service to navigating their sense of belonging and purpose in society. This partnership has an opportunity for me to provide one potential pathway to support Veterans in developing skills needed in the workforce, show the world the strengths Veterans bring to continue to help keep the nation safe.”
~ Jonathan Silk, Bridge3.com
The ideal student is intensely curious, unwilling to give up on a problem no matter how difficult it is, and predisposed towards self-directed learning. Only basic computer skills are required, but basic knowledge of computer networks, protocols, and the fundamentals of operating systems is recommended. (We will supply self-study tutorial materials to registered students before the program begins.)
($75 Application Fee)
Today, many veterans’ programs are promoting opportunities in the industry and providing cybersecurity training and certifications to a growing number of interested veterans.