This is quite literally the best and most fun class I have had the pleasure of taking at OSU. Experiencing the environment of a security operations center firsthand is an incredibly effective way of teaching a wide range of skills that will help our future careers regardless of where we end up in the industry.

The faculty and TAs are incredible and very fun to work with, and the amount of hard work and long hours that have gone into making this class a reality is nothing short of incredible…

This course offered great hands-on experience that even my friends in industry thought was amazing.

A very hands-on class that allowed me to learn a TON more about IR and SOC operations.

Hands-on learning has always been the best way for me to learn and that is what this class primarily is.

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Students will be providing cybersecurity services to regional underserved entities — such as small local government agencies, K-12 schools, smaller higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations who struggle to meet their cybersecurity needs — under the guidance of experienced cybersecurity professionals.

As a student at ORTSOC, you will gain real-world experience monitoring network traffic for suspicious activity along with investigating and responding to cybersecurity incidents. This experience increases your available jobs and starting salary.

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Undergraduate Program
ORTSOC students spend approximately 10-12 hours per week engaged in a series of clinical rotations over the course of a year, providing varied services to a consortium of under-served organizations. Rotations include:
  • Network Security Monitoring
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Security Engineering
  • Cybersecurity Assessments
  • Threat Hunting
  • Penetration Testing
  • And more...
The ORTSOC Practicum is limited to students in the Cybersecurity Option – Security Operations Practicum Track.


Graduate Program (Coming Soon)
The Clinical Rotation Year prepares graduate students to be security leaders. Taken in the final year, this series of 17, 3-week operational blocks begins the second week following Spring term.1
  • Weekly lecture/discussion series highlighting new trends, professional practice, and ethics.
  • Core Operational Areas (10 blocks)
  • Specialization Areas (6 blocks)
  • Break (1 block)
  • (1)Two blocks must be completed as an externship in an approved location off-campus.
Core Operation Areas (10 blocks):
  • Tier 1 (Call Center, Real-Time Monitoring & Triage, Cyber News Collection & Analysis)
  • Tier 2 (Incident Analysis, Incident Response Coordination, Countermeasure Implementation, Remote Incident Response)
  • Forensics (Forensic Artifact Handling & Analysis)
  • Threat Intelligence (Cyber Intel Fusion & Threat Assessment)
  • Assessment (Network Mapping, Vulnerability Scanning, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, Situational Awareness)
Specialization Areas2,3 (Electives – 6 blocks):
  • Insider Threat (Audit Data Collection & Distribution, Audit Content Creation & Management, Insider Threat Case Support, Insider Threat Case Investigation)
  • Security Engineering & Architecture (Border Protection Device O&M, SOC Infrastructure O&M, Sensor Tuning & Maintenance, Custom Signature Creation, Tool Engineering & Deployment)
  • Assessment (Product Assessment: Application, supply chain, cloud services, adversary emulation)
  • Threat Intelligence (Cyber Intel Creation, Tradecraft Analysis)
  • Forensics (Malware & Implant Analysis)
  • Incident Response (On-site Incident Response Team)
  • Teaching and Instruction
  • (2)Elective blocks may be repeated


  • (3)Students may also choose to complete a percentage of their electives in one of the Core Operational Areas to specialize.



CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service
The CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service is for students who are passionate about having a cybersecurity career in the government. SFS is a funding package for up to three years for undergraduate or graduate students that covers tuition, provides a stipend, and professional development.

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