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The application period for the Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst (CDFA) pathway closes on April, 16, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy provides full-time federal employees an opportunity to focus on professional growth through an intense, full-time, three-month accelerated training program. Those looking to learn the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities of a Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst (CDFA) are encouraged to apply. 

Program Dates

This session of the Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst (CDFA) pathway is held virtually and runs from April 22, 2024, through July 24, 2024 with a mandatory New Student Orientation scheduled for April 17, 2024.

If accepted, you will be required to participate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays. Please note that you will not be able to maintain your alternative work schedule during the program. It is expected that you will return to your regular duty assignment during breaks unless your home agency has approved leave.

Application Deadline

Applications for this session of the Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst (CDFA) pathway are due by 12:00 p.m. ET on March 16, 2024.

Acceptance Notification

Applicants for the Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst (CDFA) session will receive an email of acceptance or denial no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on March 27, 2024

Please note, accepted applicants are required to attend the mandatory virtual orientation on April 17, 2024. The accepted applicant’s supervisor will also be invited to attend the orientation. It is highly recommended that supervisors attend the first half of orientation.

How to Apply

Please visit the How to Apply section of the Skilling Academy webpage for details on how to apply.

Contact Us

Please visit the Skilling Academy FAQ page before applying. If you have further questions and inquiries, please contact the Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy at SkillingAcademy@cisa.dhs.gov.

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