Cybersecurity Essentials 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 400,000 cybersecurity professionals in the United States. This makes cybersecurity one of the most in-demand skill sets across the country. 

University of Arizona Continuing & Professional Education Cybersecurity Essentials courses are designed to equip you with the in-demand cybersecurity skills that employers need.

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 the real-world knowledge, skills and abilities needed in the cybersecurity workforce.

Learn by Doing with Hands-On Cybersecurity Labs

In the Cybersecurity Essentials courses, you won’t just learn about cyber attacks such as ransomware, viruses, buffer overflow attacks, rootkits, denial of service (DoS) and Distributed DoS (DDos) attacks, you’ll actually launch them. And you will use real-world tools to detect and mitigate against these types of attacks.

Labs are completed in a Cybersecurity Lab as a Service (CLaas) system. This allows you to safely simulate attacks and get hands-on experience using detection and mitigation tools, without compromising any real-world networks, computers, web applications or other technologies.

Upcoming Cybersecurity Classes


These fully online courses allow you to learn in-demand cybersecurity skills at your own pace.

Each course includes three months of on-demand access to video lectures, hands-on labs and other learning materials.

Network Security

Network Security will equip you with in-demand, practical network operations and cybersecurity skills.


Hands-on labs include launching simulated attacks such as DoS and DDoS, using network monitoring tools like TCPdump, IPtraf and P0f; using network vulnerability analysis tools such as OpenVas, and using intrusion detection systems such as Snort.


July 11-October 10, 2022



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Computer Security

In the Computer Security course, you will learn to use the data collected from a variety of cybersecurity tools to analyze computing systems and applications events for the purpose of detecting and mitigating attacks against their operations.

Hands-on labs include: launching and monitoring simulated attacks that compromise computers' confidentiality, integrity and availability; launching and monitoring for ransomware, viruses, buffer overflow and rootkit attacks.


July 11-October 10, 2022


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Who Should Take Cybersecurity Essentials?

The hands-on Cybersecurity Essentials courses are designed for those who:

  • are new to cybersecurity
  • want a more practical learning experience than they can get in other introductory cybersecurity courses

The courses introduce foundational concepts (such as operating systems, network design and protocols, and attack types) before diving into hands-on practical exercises that teach you real-world cybersecurity skills.

Designed by University of Arizona Faculty, Open to All

The courses are designed by Dr. Salim Hariri, a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hariri is a world renowned researcher in the area of cybersecurity, distributed computing, and autonomic computing.

No application is required. Simply choose the Cybersecurity Essentials course that is right for you or for your staff, register, and start learning.


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