Ensuring that data and information are secure in an organization is a constant everchanging battle. Exploring certificates in Cybersecurity allows you to pursue a career as a security officer, system/security analysis, or cryptographer. 

Career Examples: Chief Information Security Officer, Cryptographer/Cryptologist, Information System Security, Network Technician, Security Administration, Security Analysis, Security Architect, Security Engineer, Security Software Developer, WAN/LAN Management

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Students can access the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Course, earn the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Badge, and access a number of resources to support learning in this field. This is a great starting point for anyone who is considering entering the field, or anyone who just wishes to learn more about the basics of Cybersecurity.

You'll Learn These Core Skills:

  • Deepen knowledge in how best to detect and respond to security incidents.

  • Gain job-ready, practical skills in cybersecurity operations.

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer.

  • Prepare for Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate Certification.

Learning Component Highlights:

  • 28 chapters and 46+ practice labs 

  • 6 Cisco Packet Tracer activities

  • 113 interactive activities, videos, & quizzes

  • 1 practice certification exam


Course Description

Cybersecurity professionals who can protect and defend an organization's network are in high-demand right now. Put your detective-like qualities to work by gaining knowledge toward a career in fighting cybercrime.

Uncovering cybercrime, cyber espionage, and other networking threats are just some of the exciting cybersecurity jobs spanning across every industry. Learn the skills to join this fast-growing field and take advantage of the opportunities found in security operation centers. Feel confident that you are helping make the world a safer place by pursuing a role in this field.

In this course you will learn security concepts, security monitoring, host-based analysis, network intrusion analysis, and security policies procedures. This course also aligns with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to support consistent communication language for cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

Recommended preparation: Introduction to Cybersecurity or Cybersecurity Essentials.

The Cisco Networking Academy offers the following course for CyberOps Associate study: CyberOps Associate

  • Develop the know-how to monitor, detect and respond to cybersecurity threats. 

Learn more at:

NetAcad students can register at an active Cisco Networking Academy teaching CyberOps Associate. Please check with your school to find out what they charge tuition-wise.


Who should complete this credential?

Target Audience: Students enrolled in technology degree programs at higher education institutions; IT professionals who wants to pursue a career in Security Operations


Step-by-Step Guide to Begin Credential:

All Cisco certifications are valid for 3 years. 

You may recertify by passing a qualifying exam


Earn 30 continuing education credits.

There are no formal prerequisites for CyberOps Associate certification, but you should have an understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.


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Course Description

The VMware Certified Technical Associate (VCTA)- Security 2021 certification validates an individual's understanding of VMware's security solutions and the individual’s ability to provide entry-level support for the security features of VMware products, including NSX-T Data Center, Workspace ONE, and VMware Carbon Black Cloud.


Who should complete this credential?

If you’d like to get your start in an IT career, a strong understanding of network security should be a top priority. Associate-level training will provide you with the skills and understanding you need to complete tasks typically encountered as an IT security technician, or as a helpdesk associate working in large virtual environments.

The VCTA - Security credential is for anyone new to the industry, from students with existing IT and computer science skills, to someone changing careers or working in the IT industry and looking for opportunities to advance. For more information about this credential, see the prep guide.

To prepare for this credential, individuals should visit the VMware Customer Connect Learning hub to explore relevant prep materials, including videos, courses, and recorded webinars. You can take the VCTA exam at either a Pearson VUE test center or at a home, office, or work location using the Pearson OnVue remote proctored solution. When registering for the exam, you will have the option of selecting your preference.


Step-by-Step Guide to Begin Credential

Once you’ve had time to review the credential prep material and feel confident in your abilities, complete the following steps to obtain the credential:

  • Visit VMWare Learning and create an account

  • Once completed, you will be prompted to sync your Pearson VUE account and MyLearn Account to complete the credential sign up

  • Once you confirm single-sign-on, you’ll be able to select the course and how you’d like to proceed

  • Before proceeding, you’ll want to contact NCBCE to see if you qualify to get the exam for free


Additional Contact:

If the learner needs to get approval/info from NCBCE staff. Contact our staff to see if you qualify for a free course.

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Course Description

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to complete tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity

  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose

  • Using security and web browsing best practices

This exam is intended for candidates who are advanced end-users and/or are considering a career in IT. The exam is also a good fit for individuals interested in pursuing professional-level certifications, such as A+.


Who should complete this credential?

If you’re considering a career in IT, this credential provides a broad foundation for a variety of pathways. ITF+ is the only single certification that covers all areas of IT foundations, creating a broader understanding of IT making it ideal for non-technical professionals.

Basic IT concepts and terminology, how to set up PCs and laptops on local networks, managing applications and software, database fundamentals, and IT security are all covered in this course. If you see yourself working in the tech field, in anything from sales to operations, this course and credential is a great place to start.


Step-by-Step Guide to Begin Credential

Once you’ve reviewed the exam prep and you’re ready to take the course, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the CompTIA Certification Hub

  • Select the CompTIA IT Fundamentals course, identified as a “Core” course

  • Before proceeding to check out or scheduling an exam, you’ll want to reach out to NCBCE to see if you qualify to take the exam for free

  • Once you understand if you qualify, you can complete the exam via PearsonVue online


Additional Contact:

If the learner needs to get approval/info from NCBCE staff. Contact our staff to see if you qualify for a free course.