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Introductory Course

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course allows you to get a taste of what working in the cybersecurity field feels like, and the chance to make sure it’s the right career choice for you. You’ll learn basic defensive and offensive cybersecurity theories, participate in hands-on training exercises, and work one-on-one with your instructor. If you decide the program is not for you, you will get a 50% refund on your Introductory Course tuition.1

Hands-On Learning

Experience is the best teacher. Our hands-on approach to cybersecurity education will give you all the practical experience and theory new cybersecurity professionals need to start working in the field once you graduate. The UCF Cyber Defense Professional Certificate program immerses students in simulation labs that teach through real-world, real-time scenarios. These will provide you with a concrete understanding of the material as well as its practical applications in the workplace.

Internship Placement Assistance

Take advantage of our professional networking program to forge connections with alumni and top businesses in the community. This certificate program gives you the opportunity to build key relationships with experts in the field to develop the valuable experience employers look for most during the hiring process. Put everything you learned in class and in our immersive Cyber Labs to use in the office with our custom internship placement assistance program2.

Global Certification Training

UCF Cyber Defense Professional Certificate program prepares students for a variety of global certification exams, including:

  • LPI Linux Essentials
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Ec-Council C|ND – Certified Network Defender
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Ec-Council C|SA – Certified Soc Analyst
  • Ec-Council C|EH – Certified Ethical Hacker

Our program also gets you job-ready with integrated offensive and defensive cybersecurity training through real-world simulations and Cyber Labs.

International Expertise

The Cyber Defense Professional Certificate program at the University of Central Florida is powered by HackerU, one of the world’s leading cyber education providers. Our partnership with HackerU instills UCF Cyber Defense Professional Certificate curriculum with specialized training techniques that expose students to strategies used by Israel’s elite Cyber Defense forces, lauded as some of the best in the world.

Career Services

Throughout the course, we provide our students with the training, tools, and knowledge they need to start an exciting, meaningful, and fulfilling career as soon as possible after they graduate.3 Our career team gives you access to our extensive professional network, helps you tailor your resume, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile, and works with you one-on-one to perfect your interviewing skills.

1Terms & Conditions apply.

2Internship placement is not guaranteed.

3Career Services are consultation-based only and do not guarantee job placement.

Adam Kornfield Graduated 2016

“I was very impressed with TurnToTech’s flexibility in how I could learn … The biggest difference I’ve seen is their curriculum’s self-directed nature. I think TurnToTech does a great job of teaching you the fundamentals and then you can teach yourself.”

Cyber Labs

The Cyber Labs portion of our program helps you learn the skills employers understand are the most essential for a qualified cybersecurity candidate to have, including various immersive assignments solving realistic technology challenges to be included on a job application portfolio.

Industry leading instructors design thrilling simulation environments, equipped with realistic attacks and possible scenarios. Our exceptional cyber education curriculum offers students an unparalleled education that includes instruction from cybersecurity experts that will encourage you to defend against cyber threats and find solutions in real time.

Meet the Instructors

All of our instructors are experts in the Cyber Security field. They bring the latest Cyber Security practices, techniques, and theory straight from the real-world industry to the classroom.


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