Hands-On Cyber Defense Training

There is a huge gap between the need for security professionals and the number of people who have the skills to fill those roles, according to the (ISC)2  Cybersecurity Workforce Study. (ISC)estimates that there is an unmet need for almost half a million cybersecurity professionals in North America alone. 

Learn the skills you need to join the high-growth IT security field. These non-credit professional development courses are designed to equip you with both knowledge and practical, hands-on experience using network and computer monitoring tools, intrusion detection and prevention tools, and other security tools.

Meet the team behind the program and get a preview of the tools and skills you will learn in the Network Security course.

Each course was developed in accordance with the National Initiative on Cybersecurity for Education (NICE) / National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, which outlines specific knowledge, skills and abilities for cybersecurity workers.

The courses are designed by Dr. Salim Hariri, a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. He is the co-director of the NSF Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing and he is the Editor-In-Chief for the CLUSTER COMPUTING JOURNAL (Springer, http://clus.edmgr.com). Dr. Hariri is a world renowned researcher in the area of cybersecurity, distributed computing, and autonomic computing. Dr. Hariri is the founder of AVIRTEK, a startup cybersecurity company, and he has led the development of several innovative autonomic cybersecurity products and services to provide self-protection capabilities with little involvement of users or administrators.

Upcoming Cyber Defense Courses

These fully online courses allow you to learn in-demand cybersecurity skills at your own pace. There are currently two courses in the Cyber Defense course group: Network Security and Computer Security.

Each course includes three months of access to the video lectures, hands-on labs and other learning materials. Price: $1,500 per course.

Getting Started

To help ensure you will be successful in the course, the first step in the registration process is completing a short background information form describing your technical skills and experience. This step in the registration process is free.

The information you provide will be reviewed within one week. You will be notified if you are approved to register for the course. You may also receive a list of recommended pre-work to ensure you are up to speed before starting the course. 

When you are approved to register, you will also be sent a link that will allow you to register and pay for your course.


Securing Networks


The Network Security focuses on network operations and security. Learn to use the data collected from a variety of cyber defense tools (e.g., IDS alerts, firewalls, network traffic logs) to analyze network events for the purpose of detecting and mitigating attacks against the network.



June 1-August 31, 2021 OR September 1-November 30, 2021


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Securing Computing Systems and Web Applications

The Computer and Web Application Security course focuses on securing computing systems and web applications. Learn to use the data collected from a variety of cyber defense tools to analyze computing systems and applications events for the purpose of detecting and mitigating attacks against their operations.



June 1-August 31, 2021 OR September 1-November 30, 2021


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Security Expert


The Security Expert course covers cyber systems, networks, applications, mobile devices and web applications. Learn to set up security policies, perform penetration tests to evaluate the robustness of current security techniques, and perform forensic analysis.




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Feel free to contact us if you have questions about these classes.

Not sure which skills you need? Check out CyberSeek's interactive Cybersecurity Career Pathway and Cybersecurity Demand Map