University of Central Florida

Cyber Defense Professional Certificate

Making our Digital World a Safer Place

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THE CYBER DEFENSE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

This robust certificate program introduces students to in-depth theory as well as hands-on training in cybersecurity and programming. We’re dedicated to helping you get the job you want with training for some of the top cybersecurity certifications in the world: LPI Linux Essentials, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, CompTIA Network+, Ec-Council CND – Certified Network Defender, CompTIA Security+, Ec-Council CSA – Certified Soc Analyst, Ec-Council CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker, (ISC)² SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner.

Providing the Competitive Edge You Need to Succeed

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Cybersecurity Education at University of Central Florida

UPGRADE YOUR CYBER SKILLS

The Cyber Defense Professional Certificate program sets you up with the hands-on experience you need to outsmart the competition and step up your career. The instructors, some of the top experts in the field, bring their real-life experience to the classroom and provide you with personalized training.

Gain the Cyber Skills Needed to
Enter the Workforce

INVEST IN A CAREER BUILT FOR THE FUTURE

In less than one year, you will transform your knowledge and capabilities through innovative and hands-on instruction, emerging with the experience and ability to seamlessly transition into a successful career in cybersecurity.

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Introductory Course

The Introductory Course is an easy way for you to “test drive” a career in cybersecurity, so that you can be sure this is the right path for you.

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Experiential Learning

Our program creates an environment of learning through experience employing a wide range of interactive exercises, hands-on practice, and project-based learning to accelerate the learning process.

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Career Services

Get the career support you deserve. Students in our program receive personalized interview training, resume-writing assistance, LinkedIn profile-building guidance, networking opportunities, and much more.

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Certifications and Digital Badges

Learn and earn. Nothing is more satisfying than being able to see and track your successes, earn digital badges, and pass the most sought-after industry certification exams.

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400 In-Class Hours

Big time experience that packs plenty of punch into our extensive curriculum. Learn through real-word simulations, direct one-on-one access to instructors, and unprecedented deep-dives into the subtleties of the cyber industry guided by actively working professionals.

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Access to Hiring Partners*

Upon completion, our career services department provides students the advantage of connecting to many industry leading companies that we have forged relationships with; providing our graduates a pathway to land sought after positions. *Terms and conditions apply. This is not a guarantee for employment or an internship.

THE FIVE-STEP PATHWAY

To Cybersecurity Success

The Five-Step Pathway to Cybersecurity Success was created and designed by experts in the industry informed by over 20 years of research in cyber education and knowledge transfer methods. The goal of the Pathway is to provide you with the skills you need to be extremely competitive in the cybersecurity industry.

STEP 1

Talk
to Us

Education is a personal journey. Prospective students set up a personal consultation with a Cybersecurity Admissions Advisors to assess their aptitude in the field and help them decide if a career in cybersecurity could be a good fit for them.

STEP 2

One-on-One
Meeting

Each prospective student meets with their assigned Senior Admissions Advisor to further discuss the program, career expectations, and future job opportunities. Meetings can be virtual or on the phone.

STEP 3

Introductory
Course

Our 30-hour Introductory Course provides you with the opportunity to explore the material and various cybersecurity fields to allow you to make a practical, confident, and informed decision before committing to the full course. At the end of the course, you will take an exam and meet with your instructor, who will guide you in the next step of your career.

STEP 4

The
Program

Here’s what you can expect from the Cyber Defense Professional Certificate program: your instructors will immediately start to teach you in a hands-on style, so you can start to practice the skills of the job right away. You will be completing projects that mimic the day-to-day tasks of a true professional, so you can have the experience that potential employers will be looking for when you apply for your first professional cybersecurity job.

STEP 5

Career
Services

Get dedicated professional help with your job search when you take advantage of our career services team’s personalized training in resume writing, LinkedIn optimization, online presence, networking, and access to our hiring partners.

*Career Services are consultation-based only and do not guarantee job placement.

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