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Program Overview

With over ½ a million cybersecurity job openings on a national level * there is an increasingly growing demand for candidates with credentials in cybersecurity. In partnership with Purdue Online, Socratic Arts' Cyber Academy online certificates are designed to impart a strong foundation of defensive and offensive cybersecurity skills. Partly funded and designed in conjunction with United States Department of Defense-selected experts, the program enables students to practice cognitive skills essential for success in all areas of information security while learning key defensive skills and key reverse engineering and exploitations skills. The project-based programs provides students access to 19 tasks created in a realistic, but fictional, context as an entry-level employee of a government cyber operations agency. Students will receive help, advice, and feedback from a knowledgeable mentor and extensive online learning resources.

An implicit curriculum runs throughout the program to teach students to practice the cognitive skills essential for success in all areas of information security. Skills include:

  • Understanding complex, novel problems
  • Effectively researching solutions
  • Designing and testing solutions
  • Making evidence-based decisions
  • Communicating effectively with stakeholders

Given the constantly changing nature of threats and challenges, these skills are arguably of equal or greater importance than the task-specific skills students learn. Students must pass each successive course to be eligible to continue.

Gain the skills you need to get into this high-demand career

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.

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Curriculum/Courses

Cybersecurity: Information Session

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Upcoming Start Dates: March 4, March 18

Cost: Free

There is an increasingly growing demand for candidates with credentials in cybersecurity. Purdue Online’s Cyber Security Immersion Academy program enables students to practice cognitive skills essential for success in all areas of information security while learning key defensive skills and key reverse engineering and exploitations skills. Join us for a Virtual Open House for information on the online program and the benefits to earn your credentials.

Prerequisite: None

Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion

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Upcoming Start Dates: April 1, May 1, June 1, July 1, August 3, September 1, October 1, November 2, December 1

Cost: $1,599

The course will consist of 25 hours per week for 4 weeks. The Immediate Immersion course is designed to teach initial basic cybersecurity skills. Student wills be assigned two online real-life tasks.

For the first task, students will investigate a defense contractor’s website secretly, fix a vulnerability, and remove the malware. Students will be taught to use an LFI exploit uncovered by human intelligence to access to the webserver themselves and crack the webmaster’s encrypted password. Students will remove malware and patch the vulnerability that left the system open to attack.

The second task includes analyzing network traffic moving in and out of a military aide’s personal laptop. Students will use packet capture (PCAP) files and determine if the laptop was infected by malware, what malware, and how the infection occurred. Student will analyze evidence found and use open source intelligence about a particular exploit kit to make a hypothesis about the attackers’ identities.

Each task will be open for 1-2 weeks during the duration of the course.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic computer networks, protocols, and the fundamentals of operating systems is strongly recommended.

Cybersecurity: Defense

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Upcoming Start Dates: June 1, August 3, October 1, January 4

Cost: $3,999

The course will consist of 25 hours per week for 11 weeks. The Defense course will build upon the defensive skills and experience students gained in Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion. The course is designed to teach a strong foundation of defensive cybersecurity skills to prepare students for entry-level careers as security operations center analysts and digital forensics analysts. Students will work through eight online real-life tasks including analyzing a remote intrusion attempt, investigating an incident using a SIEM (security information and event management), compiling indicators of compromise to guide forensic analysis, examining memory of a compromised host, conducting a forensic disk examination, and closing the investigation.

Prerequisite: Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion

Cybersecurity: Attack

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Upcoming Start Dates: September 1, January 4

Cost: $3,999

The course will consist of 25 hours per week for 15 weeks. The Attack course focuses on key offensive skills. Students will work through 11 real-life tasks including three to six weeks of reverse engineering suspicious files - complexities vary throughout the weeks, investigate a hacker group, exploit servers and computers with data execution prevention (DEP), re-implement exploits using return-oriented programing (ROP) writing shellcode payload, spearphish a company, hack a database and exfiltrate data, and hack a foreign intelligence service. This course program will start students on the path to becoming penetration testers or offensive cyber operations professionals.

Prerequisite: Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion and Cybersecurity: Defense

Registration in this course is only available to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

The Cyber Academy Certificate is provided in partnership with the Socratic Arts and is offered in accordance with Purdue’s policies.

* There are over 500,000 cybersecurity job openings on a national level, estimated by Cyberseek as of August 2018. The 2018 Identity Fraud Report, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $16.8 billion was stolen from 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017 which was a rise of 1.3 million U.S. consumers from the previous year. In 2018, the ITRC tracked 1,027 breaches through early November exposing 57.7 million individuals. The average cost of a data breach nationally was $7.91 million, the highest post data breach response globally. As computing systems pervade various aspects of our daily lives, capturing, storing, accessing, and manipulating a wide range of sensitive personal data, security will become a daunting challenge, and will bring into question the viability of many future electronic products, applications, and services.

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