Veterans and First Responders Training Initiative

The Gordon Institute, in partnership with 10 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) institutions, was awarded a two-year, $6 million grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, which is part of the National Security Agency to establish a nationally scalable and sustainable cybersecurity workforce program. 

This program will work to recruit, prepare, and place transitioning military personnel, veterans, and first responders into cybersecurity work roles protecting our nation’s Critical Infrastructure Sectors.


We offer three unique pathways to build a foundational knowledge of cybersecurity intelligence and forensics: bootcamps, self-paced online course, and a year-long fellowship.

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Upcoming Programs

Foundations of Cybersecurity

January 8 - March 3, 2024 | The surge of cybersecurity risks and threats has exponentially increased the demand for cybersecurity professionals. This eight-week, self-paced online course provides the foundational knowledge to enter the cybersecurity workforce or advance in your respective career.

Networking Forensics and Incident Response

January 8 - March 3, 2024 | This eight-week self-paced course will introduce participants to the field of Network Forensics. It is designed to give participants practical, hands-on, and in-depth introduction to the tools, methodologies, and common challenges faced when conduct a network forensics investigation. The course aims at exposing participants to various log file sources and packet captures to determine the presence of network related incidents. It covers the tools and techniques needed to begin to comprehend the objectives of network forensics.

Fundamentals of Digital Forensics

March 11 - May 5, 2024 | This 2-month-long, self-paced online program will provide working professionals with a comprehensive overview of digital investigations, how digital evidence can be found and how it is useful in the investigation of a crime. The program introduces forensics analysis policy, tools, data recovery, cybersecurity, law and ethics, and more. It aligns with the NICE Framework work role of “Cyber Defense Forensic Analyst” and “Law Enforcement/Counterintelligence Forensics Analyst”. Registration will be opening soon.

Mobile Forensics

March 11 - May 5, 2024 | This course provides students the fundamental concepts to perform physical and logical data extraction from mobile devices in a manner that the integrity of the process is maintained to preserve evidence. The explosive growth of mobile device use and capabilities has provided important digital evidence that can be crucial in a variety of investigations. Much more than just a tool that is used to communicate, the mobile device has become a mini supercomputer in our pocket, recording much more than the average user is aware of.

Video and Image Forensics

September 16 - November 10, 2024 | This course will introduce participants to the concepts of video and image forensics as it relates to the larger field of digital forensics and the justice system. Video and Image evidence is a growing concern during an investigation as more and more of our lives are captured in some form. From CCTV security cameras in public places, to cell phone cameras, our everyday activities are constantly being recorded. This evidence, when properly collected and analyzed, can be crucial in solving crimes and equally crucial in exonerating the innocent.

Cyber Threat Intelligence Fellowship Program

This one-year fellowship program for undergraduate students provides the foundational knowledge to join the cybersecurity field as a Threat/Warning Analyst. The fellowship includes 18 credits of coursework including Cyber Operations, Cyber Threat Intelligence, and Writing for Intelligence and National Security. Students will receive an accredited certificate in Cybersecurity Intelligence and Information Policy, mentorship, professional development workshops, CompTIA certification training, and hands-on research experience in cyber threat intelligence functions

Past Programs


Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analysis Bootcamp

This one-week professional program covers the basics of Dark Web investigations, Dark Market, Cryptocurrency, tools for Tor and 12P, and other technical competencies. This program provides professionals hands-on research experience and foundational knowledge to begin transitioning towards a career as a Cyber Threat/Warning Analyst.


Forensics Intelligence and Governance Bootcamp

This self-paced, hybrid program explores the foundations of biometric and forensics intelligence as well as policies, legality, and ethics. You will receive live instruction and guidance from your instructor as well as complete modules at your own pace. The program’s goal is to prepare a learner for a work role as a Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst.
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