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Certified Cyber Analyst/Operator


In recent years, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has soared.  Interest in cyber defenses has grown in every economic sector, from retail to healthcare.  Government organizations such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 have reported that the market growth potential for cybersecurity will continue to rise in a country that is experiencing a "security talent crunch," generating both a gap in technical skills and tremendous opportunity for those with the right skillset.  There are currently 209,000 unfilled security jobs in the United States, and that number is expected to reach 2 million worldwide by 2019.  In order to meet demands, this breach in national security has to be handled urgently.  For a market that is expected to generate over $65.5 billion for the federal government and over $155.7 billion for the private sector from 2016 to 2020, the need for trained, talented individuals becomes critical.

The Certified Cyber Analyst/Operator program is an intensive, hands-on training program designed to prepare individals for careers in cybersecurity. The program combines our three core cyber certificate programs, and includes the following topics:

Cyber Foundations
  • Computer Basics - Hardware, Architecture, Operating Systems, Troubleshooting
  • TCP/IP and Networking Fundamentals
  • Information Assurance Fundamentals
  • Cyber Foundations Capstone
  • Linux for Cyber Fundamentals
  • Linux for Cyber System Administration
  • Linux for Cyber Capstone
Routing, Switching and Packet Analysis
  • Cisco Router and Switch Configuration and Administration
  • Network and Packet Analysis
  • Routing, Switching and Packet Analysis Capstone
Cyber Enablement
  • Windows Internals and Command Line Interface
  • Critical Thinking, Logical Reasoning and Structured Analytic Techniques
  • Introduction to Ethical Hacking Tools and Methodologies
  • Python Scripting and Programming
Penetration Testing and Malware
  • Penetration Testing Methodology using Kali Linux and Metasploit Framework
  • Malware Triage
  • Overall Program Capstone
While the core focus of the program is to ensure that candidates are well prepared to perform in cyber roles through significant hands on practical exercises and labs, additionally, during the program students can expect to earn the following industry-recognized certifications:
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
This program has been approved by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service for 24 semester hours in Information Systems or Computer Science at the baccalaureate level.

Career Outcomes

This program prepares candidates for the following cybersecurity job roles, as defined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE):


The academic portion of the program takes approximately 11 months to complete on a part time basis. Courses are offered in the evenings two nights per week and every Saturday although there are breaks throughout the program.

The next cohort will run from March 20th, 2018 - February 9th, 2019.
Application Deadline: 2/20/18
Completed Aptitude Assessment Deadline: 2/27/18
Completed Interview Deadline: 3/5/18
Deadline for first payment and signed registration form: 3/6/18


Upon completion of the academic portion of this program, students are eligible for a 12 week full time paid internship to provide additional learning and to reinforce capabilities developed in the classroom.


The cost of the full Certified Cyber Analyst/Operator program is $19,995.00. Financing options are available. This includes all instruction, course materials, virtual lab environments and certification exam vouchers. Exams can be taken at UMBC Training Centers or any authorized testing center.

Information Sessions

Interested in exploring the Certified Cyber Analyst/Operator program? Join us for our recurring information sessions to speak with a representative and learn more about the program. We're hosting regular afternoon webinars and evening in-person sessions at our facility, so sign up for whichever is most convenient for you!



The application for the first 2018 Certified Cyber Analyst/Operator cohort is available below. Please complete the application and return as instructed in the application document, along with all other requested documents. Candidates with little or no background in information technology or cyber will be given an aptitude assessment to help predict their success in the program.


If you have any questions about the Certified Cyber Analyst/Operator program or the application process, please send a message to

Group Training Available

UMBC Training Centers can deliver any of our courses in a group training environment at our facilities or yours. Group training can be an effective and economical method to quickly assure competency and consistency of knowledge and skills within an organization or department.