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Learn Cyber Security
with Project Ares

Are you a student preparing for your first job?

Changing careers?

Are you intrigued by the field of cyber security and looking to dive deeper into a professional practice?

You've come to the right place!

With remote work more commonplace and cyber jobs in demand, Circadence’s Project Ares platform can help you kickstart your career in cyber.

Learning cyber security doesn’t have to be intimidating, drawn out, or costly. In fact, we believe learning cyber security should be FUN, AFFORDABLE, and ACCESSIBLE to all.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Get hands-on experience inside Project Ares.

There's a world of opportunity in the cyber field.

ISC2 estimates that over 4 million cyber professionals will be needed to fill the widening industry skills gap.

You can be one of the energetic, skilled professionals that employers are searching for!

Learning + Fun is education at its best

Project Ares is gamified with scores, XP, badges, and more.
Chat with other players.
Build community for support, help, or the competitive vibe.
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can help you prepare!

  • It is designed to support progressive learning
  • Start wherever you need to and build up skill on skill
  • There are foundation cyber security learning games (yes, games!)
  • Move up by applying those concepts in realistic cyber scenario activities

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Learn more about Project Ares for individual learning

Kickstarting a cyber security career

We sat down with Dr. Dan Manson of Cal Poly Pomona to learn more about resources that help cyber students gain experience and skills in the industry.

Additional Resources

Prepare for cyber security certifications with hands on practice.
Build professional credentials through NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework inspired learning paths.
Train on your schedule from any location with browser-based access.
Learning is relevant as you build skills in single and multi-player exercises that are inspired by real-life cyber incidences.
Global chat feature creates a ‘community’ of cyber enthusiasts—just like you!


Academy for Individuals

Project Ares Academy: is designed for individuals who want foundational training in cyber security. Hands on games and exercises cover security concepts and basic cyber skills.​

Enterprise for Organizations

Project Ares Enterprise: is designed for organizations and education institutions that want to build and hone cyber skill levels at all levels.
Concept-driven games and cyber skill exercises expand to real-world inspired threat scenarios that require skill integration and strategic thinking. Special features support group reporting for teams and classrooms and team play.

Learning activities

Mission Play with Leaderboard and Team Chat

Learn by doing: Critical thinking is needed to defeat real threats on the range. Gain confidence as you solve more complex problems in offensive & defensive missions. Individual and team-based play includes network recon and confronting threats like botnets, phishing and exfiltration, ransomware, and many more.

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Battle Rooms

Practice makes perfect: Hands-on in a virtualized cyber range. Build your skills in a series of multilevel learning challenges that reinforce cyber skills including Linux, scripting, and forensics.

Cyber Learning Games

Learn concepts Perfect your understanding of the basics. Master basic cyber security concepts with fun, arcade style games that teach cyber kill chain, ports and protocol, regular expression techniques, and more.

Media Center

Cyber resources: The latest info on modern threats. Kickstart your cyber learning with 100+ hours of material in a curated collection of documents, web resources, and videos for all things cyber.

Features

Athena, the AI Advisor for Mission Play

Get help: Need a tutor? Athena is ready to answer your questions. Progress through tight spots in your mission with guidance from Athena. Her suggestions are based on common questions asked across the Project Ares community. ​

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Work Role Learning Paths

Align and identify: Measurable learning objectives are tied to NIST’s NICE framework and work roles to support skill gap analysis.​ ​Cyber Defense Infrastructure Specialist, Cyber Defense Analyst, Systems Security Analyst, Threat Warning Analyst, Team Lead

Score & Reports

Evaluate skills: Check out your performance in session playback. Look at the hints used to figure out the activities that need more practice. And use assessment reports to stay on track to complete work role learning paths.
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Global Chat

Create connections: Join a community of Project Ares players. Chat about cyber security issues, in-game challenges, and leaderboard stats. Learn together.
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Experience Points

Level up: Gain experience points while improving cyber security skills. As you progress, collect all the skill badges and earn a coin the first time you complete each mission successfully.

Special Features for Organizations

Trainer View for Mission Coaching

Observe and coach: Trainers can observe single or team mission play in real time or via session playback to coach players. And, because threats are unpredictable, trainers can create realistic challenges by joining live mission play as an unexpected adversary.

Available on: E

Trainer View for Team or Class Performance

Analyze and assess: Manage cross-team skill gaps and build ROI with Trainer Tools to access group or class scores, activity data, and reports. Drill down to assess individual learning with single player reports and work role learning path data.

Available on: E

Academy for Individuals

Project Ares Academy: is designed for individuals who want foundational training in cyber security. Hands on games and exercises cover security concepts and basic cyber skills.​

Enterprise for Organizations

Project Ares Enterprise: is designed for organizations and education institutions that want to build and hone cyber skill levels at all levels.
Concept-driven games and cyber skill exercises expand to real-world inspired threat scenarios that require skill integration and strategic thinking. Special features support group reporting for teams and classrooms and team play.