Cyber Defense Analyst Pathway

Metro State University

About This Program

MSU CyberSkills2Work offers a nine-month, intensive training program designed to grow a diversified cybersecurity workforce with focus on roles such as cyber defense analyst, cyber defense infrastructure support specialist, knowledge manager, network operations specialist, system administrator, systems security analyst, technical support specialist, and vulnerability assessment analyst. The program delivers eight pathways in an asynchronous, online-learning environment and provides training, certification, free exam vouchers, mentoring, a career skills workshop, and assistance with job placement for military personnel, transitioning first responders, veterans, and minorities. 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. This pathway is currently full and no longer accepting applications until fall of 2024.


  • 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.


Familiarity with hardware and software and knowledge of working in a Windows environment.



Target Work Role(s)

Delivery Format

Asynchronous Online


Entry Level

Industry Certifications Included

Start And End Dates

Jan. 8, 2024 -- until -- July 8, 2024

Duration (In Weeks)


Pathway Courses

  • Cyber Career Readiness
  • CompTIA A+ Course and Exam Prep
  • CompTIA Network+ Course and Exam Prep
  • CompTIA Security+ Course and Exam Prep
  • CompTIA CySA+ Course and Exam Prep

Digital Badges Awarded

  • Cyber Career Readiness