Training & Awareness

  • Cybersecurity Workforce Training Guide
    CISA’s Cybersecurity Workforce Training Guide helps cyber professionals develop a training plan based on their current skill level and desired career opportunities. The Guide is downloadable, interactive, and meant to work in tandem with the Cyber Career Pathways Tool.
  • Defend the Crown
    CISA partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to create Defend the Crown, a game where users must protect castles from potential invasion by deploying various cyber defenses. Download the app via the Apple AppStore and Google Play.
  • CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Program
    A national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.
  • Cybersecurity Training and Exercises
    CISA offers various cybersecurity training and exercises including Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), and Incident Response training courses as well as critical infrastructure exercises.
  • (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Research PDFs
    The cybersecurity workforce skills gap is growing and (ISC)2 conducts research aimed at better understanding the challenges and opportunities facing cybersecurity professionals in the ever-changing 21st century workforce.
    A Department of Defense (DoD) cyber initiative with high-tech, hands-on opportunities for military personnel, Veterans, and the public.
  • Introduction to Assured Software Engineering Course – Instructor Notes
    Downloadable course designed for Community College Professors to use as an introduction to assured software engineering. The course highlights software assurance challenges, foundations, and guiding principles, along with covering security models and methods.
  • Introduction to Assured Software Engineering Course – Slide Deck
    The Introduction to Assured Software Engineering Course slide deck for college students along with teacher instructions.

Cybersecurity Competitions
Engage in cybersecurity opportunities outside of the classroom by participating in competitions online and across the country:

  • National Cyber Cup – a free, trivia-style capture-the-flag competition for students focusing on various cybersecurity topics such as reverse engineering, decryption, and programming.
  • CyberPatriot – the nation’s largest cyber defense competition for teams of middle and high school students capable of finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. Learn more about all the cybersecurity-related initiatives CyberPatriot offers here.
  • GenCyber – provides cybersecurity experiences for students and teachers at the secondary (K-12) level. Camps are available at no-cost for students and teachers across the country.
  • President’s Cup – individual and group cybersecurity competition series designed to identify, recognize, and reward the best cyber talent across the federal workforce. Practice demo challenges and content from past President’s Cup competitions for free at