Student Development Badge

Foundations of Cyber Operations

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy in partnership with MITRE Corp is happy to announce the launch of an interactive experiential learning program. The Foundations of Cyber Operations – Student Development Badge is an innovative and educational initiative designed to provide students with the tools they need to function in a highly digitized world. This badge will focus on the different types of cyber operations and their operators, as well as how cyber operations impacts their lives.

Student Development Badges are a form of micro-credential fully supported by the university and offers students an effective way to develop core competencies in areas that will have a significant impact on their everyday life.

This Badge will be delivered via four modules, each focusing on a core component of Cyber Operations while the fifth and sixth modules will conclude the program with an fully immersive “capture the flag” simulation. Below were the dates for the Fall 2023 Semester:

OCT 23 - OCT 261Cyber Operations and Threats
OCT 30 - NOV 52State and Proxy Cyber Operations
NOV 6 - NOV 123Meeting with Defender and Attacker
NOV 13 - NOV 194MITRE ATT@CK Framework
NOV 295Caldera Training Workshop Session
DEC 16MITRE Adversary Emulation Capability

The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to outpace supply. This development badge will provide you an accessible means to learn about an important aspect of cybersecurity and begin a career in a highly lucrative industry. Participants will learn a core competency needed to function in a highly digitized world.

The course will be taught Dr. Alexander Crowther. The course will consist of lectures by Dr. Crowther alongside training workshops and simulations by MITRE Representatives.

Students interested in participating can be put on a waiting list by sending an email to Eduardo Caldera at