Cyber Security: Immediate Immersion

Cyber attacks are considered to be one of the top five risks to businesses globally, and the level of threats from script kiddies, cyber criminals and even nation-state actors is increasing daily. Businesses experience literally thousands of cyber attacks per day. This course is designed to impart basic cyber security skills in three intense weeks of study (approximately 25 hours per week) to help students decide if a career in cyber security is right for them. Development of the 100% project-based, learn-by-doing program was funded in part by the Department of Defense, and the curriculum was designed in conjunction with DoD and industry experts.

Students work through two online real-life tasks (spending 1-2 weeks per task) in a private cloud environment with help, advice and feedback from knowledgeable mentors as well as extensive online learning resources. The tasks are embedded in the realistic, but fictional, context of work as an entry-level employee of a government cyber operations agency.  You'll learn how to:

  • Think like an attacker
  • Exploit common website vulnerabilities
  • Analyze network traffic at the packet level
  • Recognize malware being transferred to a host
  • Recognize the identifying features of an exploit kit attack

Students must successfully complete this course to be permitted to enroll in the next course in this program, Cyber Security Defense.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This online course begins on September 23 and ends October 14, 2019.  Enrollments are accepted through September 16, 2019.  This course is delivered through Socratic Arts online platform and is part of a three-course program.  Students must pass the first course to continue in the program.  Refund deadline for this course is September 30, 2019. 

Access to the online course will be sent to enrolled students from Socratic Arts 2-3 days prior to the course start date.  Students enrolling after this window period will receive access to the course by the enrollment deadline. 

Enrollment Policies

Visit our Enrollment Policies page to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

For this program, drop requests must be made 7 days prior to the course end date.  Refunds deadline is 1 week after the course start date.


The ideal student is intensely curious, unwilling to give up on a problem no matter how difficult it is, and predisposed toward self-directed learning. Only basic computer skills are required, but basic knowledge of computer networks, protocols and the fundamentals of operating systems is recommended. (We will supply self-study tutorial materials to registered students before the program begins.)

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.