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Applied Cybersecurity Essentials - Advanced Defender Series

  • Duration: 48 hours
  • Delivery Options: Online, In-person, Hybrid

The Applied Cybersecurity Essentials - Advanced Defender series challenges your defensive cyber and information security skill in hands-on, real-world cyberattacks. You will defend the Purdue Cyber Range against various cyber attacks. This series provides practical experience on topics such as incident identification and response and advanced network hardening in team-based and individual settings.

Who should take this series

A.C.E. - Advanced Defender is designed for professionals working in cyber and information security looking to challenge their skills. We recommend you complete the A.C.E. - Defender series or have three to five years of experience in cybersecurity to take this series.

How can you take this series


Available online live with an instructor


Available in-person either at Purdue or at your location.


Available as a combination of online and in-person

What you can expect from Applied Cybersecurity Essentials - Advanced Defender Series

Looking to test your defensive cybersecurity skills? Want to be able to defend the network all by yourself and as a team? The Applied Cybersecurity Essentials - Advanced Defender series offer cyber professionals a chance to get down and dirty with real cyberattacks on the Purdue Cyber Range.

Key Takeaways

For Organizations:

  • Better adapt to the volatile world of cybersecurity. 
  • Get hands-on with industry tools in virtual labs.
  • Perfect for I.T. teams looking for cyber experience

For Individuals:

  • Gain an understanding of defensive cyber techniques.
  • Get hands-on with industry tools in the Purdue Cyber Range.
  • Learn team-based defensive tactics


You can go through A.C.E. - Advanced Defender in a couple of ways: online or in-person. The series is divided into three courses, each with a selection of scenarios for the range. All courses are 16 credit hours, and you will earn a badge upon passing. 

Available Courses

AD-401: Test your defensive cyber skills against three cyber attacks as a solo responder. 

AD-402: Focus on advanced team-based defensive cyber techniques such as log management, scripting, SIEMs, and more.  

AD-403: Continue to reinforce techniques in AD-403 against more complex cyberattacks.

Tech Requirements

It is recommended that all of cyberTAP courses be taken on a laptop or PC that runs either Windows of Linux as an operating system. We also recommended to have a fast and reliable internet access.

Are you interested in learning more?

cyberTAP's comprehensive approach to teaching cyber fundamentals and building practical skills through applied technical training is perfect for those interested in starting a new career, learning a new skill, experiencing a cyberattack firsthand, or making a team around cybersecurity. Our programs are fully customizable to offer a tailored solution for individual and corporate needs. Let's get in touch and see just how cyberTAP can partner with you and develop a training program just for you and your team. 

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