Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist Pathway

Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso Branch Community College

About This Program

ENMU-Ruidoso CyberSkills2Work offers a one-year, intensive training program. It is designed to prepare students to work as a cyber defense infrastr​ucture support specialist to meet current and future employer requirements. The learned requirements are based on the NICE Framework Work Role’s operate and maintain and protect and defend categories of cybersecurity job functions.

About This Pathway

The Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist Pathway is designed to prepare participants for a system administrator work role where they can test, implement, deploy, maintain, and administer infrastructure hardware and software. They will also be able to set up and maintain a system or specific components of a system (for example, installing, configuring, and updating hardware and software; establishing and managing user accounts; overseeing or conducting backup and recovery tasks; implementing operational and technical security controls; and adhering to organizational security policies and procedures). Participants will also learn how to evaluate and implement security protocols and practices within their organization.


  • 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.
  • Must apply for admission to ENMU-Ruidoso’s Computer & Network - Security Certificate Program.





Target Work Role(s)

Delivery Format

Asynchronous Online


Entry Level

Industry Certifications Included

  • CompTIA A+ ce Certification
  • CompTIA Network+ Certification
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification

Start And End Dates

June 1, 2024 -- until -- May 9, 2025

Duration (In Weeks)


Pathway Courses

  • It Essentials I: PC Hardware, Software, and Practical Online Applications CompTIA A+
  • It Essentials II: Network Operating Systems CompTIA Network+
  • Computer and Security Fundamentals CompTIA Security+
  • Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery EC Council EDRP
  • Introductions (Foundations) of Information Systems
  • Ethical Hacking, Computer and Network Defense and Counter Measures EC Council ECH
  • Cyber Ethics, Professionalism, and Career Development
  • Certified SOC Analyst – EC Council CSA

Digital Badges Awarded

  • NCAE-C ENMU-Ruidoso CyberSkills2Work Program Network+ Exam Prep
  • NCAE-C ENMU-Ruidoso CyberSkills2Work Program Cyber Ethics/Professionalism
  • NCAE-C-ENMU-Ruidoso CyberSkills2Work Program NCL Competition
  • EC Council EDRP CERT
  • EC-Council EC-ECH CERT
  • NCAE-C ENMU-Ruidoso CyberSkills2Work Program Information Systems