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Core 110: Cybersecurity Foundations

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Delivery Options: In-person, Online, Hybrid

The Core 110 course focuses on the fundamental principles of cyber and information security. You will learn cyber history, key security concepts, risk and vulnerability management, and cryptography basics. Gain hands-on experience with seven virtual labs and get acquainted with industry tools and techniques such as Active Directory, icacls.exe, GnuPG, and server managers.

Who should take this course

Core 110 is designed for a general audience interested in learning about cyber and information security. While focused on those starting a career in cyber, this series is a great starting point for leaders who need to understand cyber.

How can you take this course


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


Available online as either self-paced or live with an instructor


Available as a combination of online and in-person

What tools you will use

This course introduces you to several industry tools such as Active Directory, Microsoft Server Manager, Terminal/Shell, GnuPG, WinSCP, icacls.exe, and PowerShell.

What you can expect from Core 110: Cybersecurity Foundations

There is an approximately 3.5 million person shortfall in the cybersecurity industry worldwide. Cybersecurity is plagued by this massive skills gap, making it attractive for individuals to change careers or organizations looking to skill up their existing workforce. Core-110 is the foundation for any cyber and information security professional. This course covers topics such as basic cyber and information principles, risk management, cryptography, and identity and access management.

Key Takeaways

For Organizations:

  • Upskill current workforce  
  • Get hands-on with industry tools in virtual labs.
  • Perfect for I.T. and C-suite 

For Individuals

  • Gain an understanding of fundamental cyber concepts.
  • Get hands-on with industry tools in virtual labs.
  • Learn at your own pace online


You can take Core 110 in various ways: self-paced online to in-person with a cyberTAP instructor. The series is divided into four primary sections: each consisting of lectures, readings, quizzes, self-assessments, and virtual labs. Core 110 is 40 credit hours, and you will earn a badge upon passing. 

Course Topics

Cybersecurity Principles: Focuses on basic cybersecurity principles such as C.I.A. and Parkerian Hexad, access controls, data structures, and basic attack overviews.  

Risk Management: Understand the different types of risk, how to assess and analyze threats, I.T., security management strategies, and threat and vulnerability identification. 

Cryptography: Learn the basics of cryptography, including encryption, hashing, cryptographic tools, cryptosystems, and various cryptological-based attacks.

Identity and Access Management: Practice the basics of identity and access management, including lifecycle, methodologies, technologies, and IAM attacks.

Tech Requirements

It is recommended that all of cyberTAP courses be taken on a laptop or PC that runs either Windows or 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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