Start Your Journey to a Career in Cybersecurity

At Cisco, we recognize the value veterans and our military community bring to the workplace – including a unique set of skills that are innate in those who serve. Three that top the list are:

  • Leadership
  • Commitment
  • Critical Thinking

The possibilities for veterans in technology careers, including cybersecurity, are greater than ever before. And Cisco is in a unique position to help veterans, like you, find a rewarding career in technology. We do this in two ways, by providing access to learning opportunities and connections to our ecosystem of employers.

The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to expand. This industry is facing incredible growth while being challenged by a limited skilled workforce. To meet this demand, and to help you kick-start your new journey, we are offering VetPrep.

What is VetPrep?

VetPrep is a free, self-paced, online introductory learning track for those looking to explore a career in cybersecurity. If you have limited experience in cybersecurity, VetPrep will help build your foundational knowledge and provide insights into the growing field. 

Who qualifies for this opportunity?

If you are interested in a career in cybersecurity and are a:

  • Veteran
  • Transitioning service member within 180 days of end of active service (EAS)
  • National Guard
  • Reservist
  • Military Spouse

If you are one of the above, you are invited to enroll in VetPrep.

Why should you enroll in VetPrep?

When you complete at least one of the two available VetPrep courses (see the below table for descriptions), you will be invited to apply to additional cyber-related course offerings. Additionally, you also gain access to career resources through Cisco Talent Bridge. All offerings are free – they only require the commitment of your time and focus.

How do you get started?

There are no prerequisites to begin your VetPrep training. Simply register to enroll in Introduction to Cybersecurity and complete the course. Once finished, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Next, if you wish to continue, enroll in Cybersecurity Essentials. Good luck on your journey into the world of cyber.

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Introduction to Cybersecurity

With billions of devices now online, new threats pop-up every second. Today’s interconnected world makes everyone more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Whether you are attracted to the relativity new world of cybersecurity as a professional, or just interested in protecting yourself online and in social media, this introductory course is the answer. It explores cyber trends, threats—along with the broader topic of cybersecurity in a way that will matter to you. For instance, you will learn how to protect your personal privacy online while gaining additional insight on the challenges companies, government, and educational institutions face today.

Cybersecurity Essentials

Learn the basics needed to fight cybercrime. A single breach can have huge consequences for a company’s ability to function, hurting the bottom line, and causing disruption in the daily lives of millions of people. This is why the demand for security professionals continues to grow. Get onboard—and develop an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks. Then decide whether you want to pursue an entry-level networking or security role professionally.

Learn more about our course offerings:

VetPrep Course details