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Learn the Skills of a Cyber Defense Analyst

Apply Now to the Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy to Launch Your Career into Cyber!

Are you looking to join the cybersecurity community, take a different direction in your career, or add cybersecurity to your resume? Then you should apply for the Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy!

This Skilling Academy offers training to develop Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA) skills for individuals with little or no cybersecurity experience. Students will have the opportunity to temporarily step away from their current role while they participate in the intense, full-time, three-month accelerated training program. The program provides valuable opportunities to practice new CDA skills in a lab environment. As an added incentive, students will receive CompTIA Security+ training during the last two weeks of the Skilling Academy and a voucher to take the certification exam. Having the necessary background and certification to be an analyst will better prepare students for future career moves.

  • Who Can Apply? Full-time, civilian DHS federal employees in any job series, grades GS-11 and below, or grade equivalent for non-GS employees, are eligible to apply to the Skilling Academy. Priority for partaking in this program will be given to those who are not in information technology, information security, or cybersecurity-related job series.
  • When does the Skilling Academy take place? The next Skilling Academy kicks off January 9, 2023 and runs through April 21, 2023, with two week-long breaks during the weeks of January 23 and February 20 and a mandatory 4-hour New Student Orientation on January 3, 2023 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Students join virtually Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays.
  • How to Apply: Interested applicants must submit a complete application package by 12 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) Friday, November 18, 2022, to be considered. Visit the Skilling Academy website for instructions on how to apply.

For more information, please see the Skilling Academy website, and make sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions section as well. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Skilling Academy at SkillingAcademy@cisa.dhs.gov. The Skilling Academy will generally respond to all emails within three business days.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to refocus your future! Apply to the Skilling Academy to take the next step in becoming a Cyber Defense Analyst!