The official pilot period for Cybersecurity Fundamentals is now over. The NICERC Curricula team is working on edits and developing new content and activities. The final version of this course will align to CompTIA Security + objectives and launch the summer of 2020. For more information please email

Cybersecurity Fundamentals is a high-school level course that uses the US Cyber Range teach the basics of protecting internet-connected systems from passive vulnerabilities as well as cyber attacks. In the US Cyber Range, students are able to simulate cybersecurity scenarios in a safe virtual learning environment.

US Cyber Range
A cyber range is a virtual lab environment where students are able to simulate cybersecurity scenarios in a safe, protected online environment as they explore the back end of IT systems used by today’s industries. The US Cyber Range is powered by a partnership with Virginia Tech and Amazon Web Services. The estimated monthly cost to use the US Cyber Range is an $8 per student license fee, plus pass-through cloud usage costs of $6 – $12/student (depending on overall per-student usage).

Cybersecurity Fundamentals Units

Introduction to Cybersecurity



Social Engineering

Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

Vulnerability Assessment