Are you ready for a new career?

CyberWorks is a workforce development initiative to help address our nation’s critical cyber workforce shortage by preparing career-changers for new roles as cyber defense analysts. Through expert online instruction and hands-on learning, this intensive 12-week program prepares students to enter the cybersecurity workforce as Tier 1 Security Operation Center (SOC) Analysts, a position with an average starting salary of $65,000.

A life-changing opportunity

A limited number of full-tuition grants are available for those who qualify (application required) thanks to funding provided by JPMorgan Chase and a grant funded by the National Security Agency (NSA) to establish a national, certificate-based cybersecurity workforce development program called CyberSkills2Work. Most applicants are able to participate at no cost, making CyberWorks a life-changing opportunity for many participants.

A new path for underrepresented groups

CyberWorks is offered in cohorts designed to meet the needs of specific groups. The Community Cohort is for career-changers from historically underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and people with disabilities. The New Skills for a New Fight cohort provides the same 12-week curriculum adapted to meet the needs of transitioning veterans and first-responders.

Applicants should have some knowledge of computers and computer networks and be prepared to make the time commitment needed to successfully complete the program. Qualified applicants will be asked to take an aptitude test to help determine their level of computer knowledge and the cybersecurity work role that best suits their skills and interests.

Read more on specific program topics below.

Currently, this program is open only to Florida residents over the age of 18.  Candidates must be legally able to work in the United States upon program completion and must have achieved at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent. While anyone may apply, seats are limited and priority consideration will be given to the following groups to be housed in one of the following cohorts:

  1. The New Skills for a New Fight Cohort prioritizes transitioning military veterans and first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, 911 dispatchers, EMT/paramedics).
  2. The Community Cohort is for individuals who identify as members of demographic groups of women, people of color, and people with disabilities that have been historically underrepresented in many career fields including cybersecurity.

CyberWorks is offered at no cost to Florida residents thanks to support from JP Morgan Chase and a grant funded by the National Security Agency (NSA) to establish a national certificate-based cybersecurity workforce development program called CyberSkills2Work. A limited number of full-tuition grants are available for those who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis. Application required. For the standard CyberWorks cohort, priority consideration is given to members of historically underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and people with disabilities. For the New Skills for a New Fight cohort, priority consideration is given to veterans and first-responders who are transitioning to new careers.

Module 1: Enterprise Threats and Vulnerabilities

Learn about standard attack methods and vectors, including malware; session hijacking; social engineering; and attacks using memory vulnerability, web server application, and credentials. Students also explore the threats and vulnerabilities of specialized technology, such as embedded and mobile devices.

Module 2: Threat Data and Intelligence

Examine threat actors, types of threats, threat and data intelligence, attack frameworks, threat and reputational research, and threat modeling,

Module 3: Vulnerability Management

Students investigate common vulnerabilities, improper software exception and error handling, insecure external software components, insecure internal functions, faulty configurations, broken authentication, inadequate monitoring and logging, and vulnerability scanning.

Module 4: Cloud Computing and Assessment Tools

Review cloud threats and vulnerabilities, cloud computing, vulnerability diagnostic tools (software, infrastructure, web applications, wireless networks, and cloud infrastructure.

Module 5: Infrastructure Controls

Learn best practices for securing the information technology infrastructure across the organization.

Module 6: Software and Hardware Assurance Best Practices

Software and hardware best practices.

Module 7: Security Monitoring through Data Analysis

Learn about options for monitoring networks and how to interpret and analyze the data gathered.

Module 8: Security Operations

Learn the  fundamentals of security operations, including automation and orchestration and threat hunting

Module 9: Incident Response Planning and Procedures

Learn best practices for responding to an incident to minimizes downtime and reputational harm, including communication, coordinating with stakeholders, threat classification, and standard incident response procedures (detection, analysis, eradication, and recovery).

Module 10: Responding to a Cyber Incident

Review the common Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) and learn digital forensic techniques for investigating cyber incidents.

Module 11: Risk Mitigation

Learn how to minimizing risk, implement risk-based controls, and conduct audits and assessments

Module 12: Data Protection and Privacy

Review technical and nontechnical controls for data protection and best practices for data privacy.

CyberWorks is a 12-week, hybrid course with pre-recorded online content and three one-hour live virtual sessions per week: two evening lab classes and one lunchtime guest speaker. Each live session is scheduled based on students’ common availability. The workload is equivalent to an upper-level undergraduate college course. The program kicks off with an in-person orientation event. Coursework is delivered through pre-recorded seminars, hands-on exercises through a virtual lab, and live, instructor-led discussions. Participants enjoy ongoing support from a dedicated program advisor who helps learners stay on track and weekly opportunities to interact with industry professionals through guest speaker sessions. Finally, participants benefit from various career readiness experiences such as professional resume and interview guidance as well as a closing networking reception that connects participants to potential employers. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a voucher to take the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst  (CySA+) exam at no cost.

This 12-week hybrid course is intended to be manageable for adults working full time, but the accelerated nature of the course does demand a significant time investment. In addition to recorded seminars, online lab exercises, and quizzes, there are two one-hour live evening instructor-led class sessions and one one-hour guest speaker lunch session per week.

Participants are expected to:

  • Make time to study course materials as well as outside resources as needed
  • Complete all assigned coursework, including watching presentations, reviewing modules, working on virtual labs, taking quizzes, etc.
  • Attend the weekly evening instructor lab sessions
  • Attend the weekly virtual guest speaker sessions and/or professional development workshops
  • Engage in career readiness activities and resources
  • Attend an orientation session in Tampa at the start of the program
  • Attend a networking event in Tampa at the end of the program
  • Participate in program evaluation surveys and interviews
  • Study and take the certification exam within 60 days of program completion

Participants will need consistent access to reliable internet and the following computer requirements:

For a MAC Computer: 

  • Must be a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacAir, iMac (*NO IPADS*) 
  • No older than a 2017 edition 
  • With 8 GB RAM or greater 
  • With at least 100GB free space on the hard drive (for downloading virtual machine software, guest OS installation, and associated files)  

For a WINDOWS-Based Computer:       

  • Running Microsoft Windows 10
  • Intel- or AM-based processor (no ARM processors)  
  • Intel: i5 7th generation or newer with VT-x virtualization technology (at least) 
  • AMD: 2017 or newer processor with hypervisor technology  
  • 12 GB of RAM or greater
  • 2.0 GHz processor speed or greater
  • At least 100GB free space on the hard drive (for downloading virtual machine software, guest OS installation, and associated files) 

Phase 1: Eligible candidates should submit their completed application survey with required documents to be reviewed by the program staff.

Required documents that must be uploaded to complete the application include

  • Current professional resume
  • One recommendation letter from an unrelated individual who can speak to your academic or employment experience
  • Valid photo identification
  • Proof of first responder or military service documentation as applicable (for those applying for the New Skills for a New Fight cohort)

Apply online here.

Phase 2: Once your complete application package is received, program staff will schedule a virtual interview.

Phase 3: Selected candidates are notified of acceptance and enrollment paperwork is initiated.

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TWO COHORTS FOR SPRING 2022

Community Cohort: Priority consideration given to members of historically underrepresented groups

New Skills for a New Fight Cohort: Priority consideration given to veterans and first-responders


Application deadline: November 21

Orientation: January 8 in-person event

Course dates: January 18–April 10

Cost: A limited number of full-tuition grants are available for those who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis. Application required.

Outcome: Students who successfully complete the course will receive a fee waiver to take the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) exam at no cost

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MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Jason Lewis is a 2007 graduate of Clemson University’s PhD in computer science program. After graduation, he entered law enforcement, first in Atlanta and then Denver. While in Denver, Dr. Lewis served on the Colorado Electronic Crimes Task Force, which was hosted by the United States Secret Service. After medically retiring from law enforcement in 2013, Dr. Lewis returned to academia at the University of Colorado Denver, where he designed their first digital forensics certificate program. In 2015, Dr. Lewis moved to the United States Virgin Islands where he took an appointment with the University of the Virgin Islands’ Department of Computer & Computational Sciences program as an assistant professor. During Dr. Lewis’ three years at the University of the Virgin Islands, he ushered in the University’s first degree in cybersecurity and designed the program’s five foundational courses. Dr. Lewis took a position with the University of South Florida’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering in August of 2018, with the task of helping to lead their new cybersecurity bachelor’s program. In 2020, Dr Lewis joined the faculty at Florida Southern College as an assistant professor of computer science and lead of the cybersecurity program.