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Applied Cybersecurity Essentials - Essential Defender Series

  • Duration: 24 hours
  • Delivery Options: Online, In-person, Hybrid

The Applied Cybersecurity Essentials - Essential Defender series gives you the hands-on, real-world cyber and information security experience needed to start your journey in cyber. You will learn to defend real networks against cyber attacks on the Purdue Cyber Range. This series covers practical cyber skills, firewall implementation and configuration, and network protocol analysis techniques in teams and individual settings.

Who should take this series

A.C.E. - Essential Defender is designed for professionals starting cyber and information security. It is recommended for those who either have completed A.C.E.-Core or those with six months of experience in I.T. or cyber.

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 - Essential Defender Series

While cybersecurity has been a growing and integral part of modern businesses for the better part of the last 20 years, there is a gap between qualified professionals and the number of cyber professionals needed. This experience gap is compounded by the fact most cyber professionals do not experience an actual cyber attack until its game time. The Applied Cybersecurity Essentials - Essential Defender series offer cyber professionals a chance to get hands-on with a real-world simulation of a cyber attack.  

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 with a group or individually


You can go through A.C.E. - Essential Defender in a couple of ways: online or in-person. The series is divided into two courses, with each course having a selection of scenarios for the range. Both courses are 12 credit hours, and you will earn a badge upon passing. 

Available Courses

ED-201: Focuses identification of 3 different cyber attacks by their indicators of compromise found in network traffic.

ED-202: Reinforces key defensive security concepts and indicators of compromise and cyber kill chain.

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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