Cyber Defense Training Cloud (CDTC)

CDTC is built on CERT's Simulation, Training, and Exercise Platform (STEP) and contains a library of instruction and reference information about information assurance, incident response, computer forensics, and other vital information security topics.

CDTC is only available to DoD personnel with a valid .mil email address and a valid Common Access Card (CAC).

An Innovative Solution


CERT STEPfwd combines extensive research and innovative technology to offer a new solution to cybersecurity workforce research and development, helping practitioners and their teams build knowledge, skills, and experience in a continuous cycle of professional development.


The goal of this approach is for cybersecurity professionals to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully and effectively perform their duties, individually making improvements and collectively moving the organization forward.


The platform enables the CERT Division to test new technologies and content to better understand how to rapidly advance the state of practice for cyber workforce development.

Private Communities

Provide your organization with a tailored, specific cyber security curriculum.

On-Demand Content

Access a rich library of cyber security and information assurance content.

Hands-on Virtual Labs

Put yourself in the classroom to attend lectures, watch demonstrations, and conduct hands-on labs.

Progress Reporting

View and manage your organization as they progress toward their workforce development objectives.

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