Cyber Aces Online

Fall 2014 Cyber Aces Online Schedule:

August 1: Registration opens

October 8: Registration closes

October 15-16: Quiz 1

November 11-12: Quiz 2

December 18-19: Quiz 3

December 31: Access to content expires

Learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

For anyone with an interest in learning more about making online information more secure, this course teaches the core concepts needed to understand, assess, and protect information security systems.

  • Workload: 5-10 hours/week
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Cost: Free
  • Next Offering: Registration opens August 1, 2014

About the Course

We live in a networked world. Whether it’s keeping in touch with friends, paying bills, operating a city’s energy grid, or strengthening national security, it happens on line. The need to secure our networks has never been greater. The number of cyber attacks is increasing dramatically and there aren’t enough people with the skills needed to ensure our security online.

This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to master the core concepts in cyber security. Students come away with a solid foundation for building a career in cybersecurity or just strengthening their own home network.

The course covers the three foundation areas of information security.

  • Networking
  • Operating Systems
  • Systems Administration

Course Format

Each module includes a tutorial to build knowledge and skills of the concepts. After a two to three week study period for each module participants complete an on-line multiple-choice quiz.

Recommended Background

Cyber Aces Online is designed for everyone who has an interest in learning more about information security and the growing threats from cyber attacks. No special knowledge is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register?

Registration is open to:

  • High school students
  • High school teachers and administrators
  • College students
  • Military veterans
  • Active military
  • Job seekers

Is there a fee?

No. Cyber Aces Online is free for all participants.

Do I need special computer software or hardware?

Yes. To fully experience the tutorial contents, you will need to install VMware (VMware Player for Windows or Linux hosts, or VMware Fusion for Macs). You’ll also need to download two virtual machines to run in VMware: a Linux and a Windows version. This will require at least 30GB of disk space.

Will I receive a certificate upon completion?

Yes, a certificate of completion is awarded to all who complete the course.

What course should I take after completing Cyber Aces Online?

In some states the top performers are eligible for an invitation to compete at a state championship. Championship participants will compete in NetWars – a defense simulation competition used by military organizations to test and train their top cyber talent. To learn more about Cyber Aces State Championships, including location and dates, click here.