Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland

Funded by EARN Maryland and the SANS Institute, this academy will train Maryland residents, focusing on U.S. Military veterans, women, and underrepresented groups in cyber. This training provides access to enter the highly sought-after cybersecurity career field. For more information, contact us at

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The SANS Cyber Workforce Academy - EARN - MD is comprised of one training pathway, designed to create new careers in the MD cybersecurity market, open to Maryland residents only. The academies provide job seekers with advanced technical training, industry-recognized GIAC certifications, and the in-demand, hands-on cybersecurity skills Maryland employers require.

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    Cybersecurity Reskilling Pathway

    This cybersecurity training pathway is designed specifically for individuals not currently working in the cybersecurity field, and are interested in launching a cybersecurity career. Focused on cybersecurity aptitude, rather than prior experience and knowledge, applicants can be confident in knowing this program will help to construct a robust cybersecurity foundation to grow a new career.

    Training modules in order:

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    Eligibility Requirements

    - Passionate about info. sec. & want to pursue a career in the field - Maryland Resident, and U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident - Priority may be given to members of the following communities: underemployed, unemployed, BIPOC, women, veterans & milspouses - (active duty must be within 6 months of ETS/EAS) - See section(s) below to determine which academy you are eligible for.
    How the Program Works

    Interested candidates will follow the application process below, candidates must earn an invitation to progress to each stage of the process. Not all applicants will receive invitations to progress to the next stage.

      • Complete a web application form.
      • The application will be reviewed and an online assessment sent within three days.
      • Complete the online assessment before applications close.
      • Assessment results are reviewed once a week. 
      • Submit supporting documents to complete the application.
      • Complete an interview questionnaire.
      • All candidates receive notification of acceptance or denial, the notification timeframe is dependent on the volume of applications.
      • All applicants lose access to the online assessment at the time of application closing.
        Application and Academy Roadmap

        Step by Step Information on the Application Process

        Learn more about the application process and how the academy helps launch your new cybersecurity career in less than a year.

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        You are NOT eligible for either program if you:

        • Do not live in or have proof of permanent residency in the state of Maryland
        • Have been employed in a direct information security role for 3 or more years outside of your military service
        • Are currently pursuing or hold a master's degree or Ph.D. in information security

        Time Commitment for Students

        The Academy is a fast-track, intensive program, and students are expected to complete all coursework and certifications in up to six months. On average, it takes most SANS Cyber Academy students 100 hours to prepare for one GIAC certification attempt.

        Employer Partners

        Meet, interview, and potentially hire academy graduates

        Non-Profit Partners

        Engage in ways ranging from funding and executing their own academy, to helping expand the impact of existing SANS programs with additional resources.