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Cyber Defender: In Partnership with the National Military Family Association

adapted from our award-winning* Cyber Academy

Wanted: Curious, Persistent People Who Don’t Give Up

If you’ve been looking for a new career, Cybersecurity could be it!

You don’t need to know how to program or have studied STEM courses.

The most successful graduates in cybersecurity have come from a wide range of educational backgrounds—from High School graduates to Master's Degree holders. Many did not have technical backgrounds.

Personality traits are more important than work history.

Basic computer skills are required but personality traits like determination, persistence and attention to detail are more critical.

SOCRATIC ARTS believes these characteristics are exemplified by military spouses, transitioning service members, veterans and their families.


Socratic Arts has adapted its award-winning Cyber Academy*, specifically for the National Military Family Association, to teach essential defensive cybersecurity skills, The Cyber Academy is 100% online, supported by human mentors, who are themselves, cybersecurity experts. The courses deliver authentic tasks in a learn-by-doing instructional environment.

Military spouses who enroll through NMFA will receive a discounted tuition rate and may apply here. Military Spouses who apply are also eligible to compete for NMFA spouse scholarships. Socratic Arts is also extending this discount to transitioning service members, veterans, and their families.

To be eligible for this program and the preferred tuition rates, you must register for a webinar and confirm your military affiliation.

The program comprises three courses: Immediate Immersion, Defense 1, and Defense 2.

Immediate Immersion is a short course (6 weeks) to allow students to determine if they like the work and are good at it. A student must be successful in this course to proceed to each of the next two cyber defense courses (each lasting 7 weeks) that teach job-ready skills and prepare students for entry-level careers as Security Operations Center Analysts, Digital Forensic Analysts, and Incident Responders.

THE BEST WAY to understand how different this self-directed learning environment is? Attend a FREE, ONE-HOUR WEBINAR

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What students will learn

Given the constantly changing nature of cyber security, an implicit curriculum runs through the program, via which students learn essential cognitive skills that are arguably of equal or greater importance than the lessons related to any given task.


Students will learn key defensive skills including:

  • Thinking like an attacker
  • Network traffic analysis
  • Network and system log analysis
  • Static and dynamic analysis of malicious binaries to identify indicators of compromise
  • Memory forensics
  • Disk forensics
  • Compiling and reporting a comprehensive timeline of a cyber attack
  • Responding to cybersecurity incidents


In addition to technical skills, students will learn and practice the cognitive skills essential for success in all areas of information security, including:

  • Understanding complex, novel problems
  • Effectively researching solutions
  • Designing and testing solutions
  • Self-directed learning

Immediate Immersion

6 weeks @ 25 hours/week - $1,000

Immediate Immersion is designed to impart basic cybersecurity skills to help students determine if careers in cybersecurity are right for them. The course is designed to teach the skills of thinking like an attacker and basic network traffic analysis.

Cyber Attack and Defense Immediate Immersion includes the following tasks:

  • Think Like an Attacker: Exploit a website and fix its vulnerabilities
  • Investigate a potential insider threat
  • Analyze malicious web traffic

At a glance

Who should enroll?

Students who wish to explore a career in cyber security to determine if it is right for them.


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

What's next?

Students must successfully complete Immediate Immersion to be permitted to enroll in the next course in this program, Cyber Defense 1. Success will be assessed by a student's mentors whose decision is final.


Cyber Defense 1

7 weeks @ 25 hours/week - $1,400

Cyber Defense 1 builds on the basic defensive skills and experience students gained in Immediate Immersion. The course is designed to impart a strong foundation of network traffic analysis, log analysis, and malware analysis skills - the fundamental skills required of a security operations center analyst.

Cyber Defense 1 includes the following tasks:

  • Analyze a remote intrusion attempt
  • Investigate an incident using a security information and event management system
  • Begin to understand malware

At a glance

Who should enroll?

Students who have successfully completed Immediate Immersion, as determined by their mentor, and who aspire to professional careers in defensive cyber security.


Successful completion of Immediate Immersion.

What's next?

Students must successfully complete Cyber Defense 1 to enroll in Cyber Defense 2


Cyber Defense 2

7 weeks @ 25 hours/week- $1,400

Cyber Defense 2 focuses on the skills of memory and disk forensics, reporting, and responding to cybersecurity incidents. Acquiring these skills expands a graduate's career possibilities to include digital forensic analyst and incident responder.

Students work through online, real-life tasks.

  • Examine a compromised host's memory
  • Conduct a forensic disk examination
  • Close your investigation
  • Respond to cyber incidents

At a glance

Who should enroll?

Students who have successfully completed the Cyber Defense 1, as determined by their mentor, and who want to learn more about digital forensics and incident response.


Successful completion of Cyber Defense 1.

What's next?

Students who successfully complete all three courses are qualified to seek employment as a security operations center analyst, digital forensic analyst, or incident responder.

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*Socratic Arts' Cyber Academy, which trains novices for cybersecurity jobs using our unique Story-Centered, learn-by-doing pedagogy, won a 2019 Brandon Hall gold award for "Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology".

Learn more in our press release.

Brandon Hall Group, Excellence in Technology Awards, Gold 2019