Cyber Defense Analyst Pathway

University of Texas at San Antonio

About This Program

The UTSA CyberSkills2Work program offers training for individuals who want to learn new cybersecurity skills or start a new career in cybersecurity. Program classes are online hybrid courses that include a brief session on cybersecurity careers and 40 hours of instruction for each of the principles of cybersecurity; a boot camp for the Security+ certification exam; digital forensics; a boot camp for project management professional certification exam; and industrial control system security. The program is available to transitioning military personnel, first responders, and veterans. This program is offered at no cost to selected participants.

About This Pathway

The Cyber Defense Analyst Pathway is designed to prepare participants for a cyber defense analyst work role where they can use defensive measures and information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats. Participants will also learn how to evaluate and implement security protocols and practices within their organization. Pathway graduates might also perform job duties as an entry-level cyber security analyst, forensics analyst, or industrial control systems (ICS) security analyst, if class requirements are met.

  • Free
Target Work Role(s)
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Entry Level
Delivery Format
  • Hybrid (Online and Face-to-Face)
Start Date
  • April 1, 2022
End Date
  • Sept. 1, 2023
Duration (in weeks)
  • 0 weeks
Industry Certifications Included
Digital Badges Awarded


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be a veteran, transitioning service member, first responder, woman, military spouse, underrepresented minority, or government personnel.
  • Must have at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. (School transcripts of the highest level of education completed are required.)
  • Must have some IT or cybersecurity experience.