Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion

Cyber attacks are considered to be one of the top five risks to businesses globally, and the level of threats from cyber criminals is increasing daily. Businesses experience literally thousands of cyber attacks each day. This course is designed to impart basic cyber security skills in three intense weeks of study (approximately 25 hours per week) to help students decide if a career in cyber security is right for them. Development of the 100% project-based, learn-by-doing program was funded in part by the Department of Defense, and the curriculum was designed in conjunction with DoD and industry experts.

Students work through two online real-life tasks (spending 1-2 weeks per task) in a private cloud environment with help, advice and feedback from knowledgeable mentors as well as extensive online learning resources. The tasks are embedded in the realistic, but fictional, context of work as an entry-level employee of a government cyber operations agency.  You'll learn how to:

  • Think like an attacker
  • Exploit common website vulnerabilities
  • Analyze network traffic at the packet level
  • Recognize malware being transferred to a host
  • Recognize the identifying features of an exploit kit attack

Students must successfully complete this course to be permitted to enroll in the next course in this program, Cyber Security Defense.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This online course begins on March 9 and ends March 30, 2020.  The enrollment deadline is March 2, 2020.  This course is delivered through Socratic Arts online and is part of a 3-course program.  Students must pass the first course to continue in the program.  Refund deadline for this course is March 12, 2020.

Enrollment Policies

Visit our Enrollment Policies page to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


The ideal student is intensely curious, unwilling to give up on a problem no matter how difficult it is, and predisposed toward self-directed learning. Only basic computer skills are required, but basic knowledge of computer networks, protocols and the fundamentals of operating systems is recommended. (We will supply self-study tutorial materials to registered students before the program begins.)

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save 10% on the course fee.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Capitol Corridor Rider

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.