University of
Central Florida
Cyber Defense
Professional Certificate

Making our Digital World a Safer Place

The Cyber Defense

This robust certificate program introduces learners 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: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Linux LPI Essentials, Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate, CompTIA® Network+, CompTIA® Security+, CompTIA® CySA+, and (ISC)² SSCP+.

Providing the
Competitive Edge
You Need to

Cybersecurity Education at
University of Central Florida
Upgrade Your Cyber Skills

The Cyber Defense Professional Certificate program sets you up with hands-on experience and in-depth curriculum 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. Our courses are regularly updated to incorporate the latest advancements in cyber tech, including AI tools and practices.

Gain the Cyber Skills Needed to
Enter the Workforce
Invest in a Career Built
for the Future

In under a 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.

Introductory Course

The Introductory Course to Cybersecurity gives you a glimpse into the tech industry and the potential opportunities waiting for you in a career in cybersecurity. It provides you with the information you need to be certain this is the right path for you.

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.

Career Outcomes

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

Certifications and Digital Badges

Learn and earn. Nothing is more satisfying than being able to see and track your successes, earn digital badges, and lay the foundations for passing industry certification exams in the future.

Interactive Projects

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.

Access to Hiring Partners*

Upon completion, our career outcomes department provides learners 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


to Us

Education is a personal journey. Prospective learners 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.


One-on-One Meeting

Each prospective learner 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.



The 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.



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.



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

*Career support is consultation-based only and does not guarantee job placement.

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