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What is CyberQuest?

CyberQuest is a Skills Connect training programme designed to support unemployed individuals develop new skills in the field of cyber security.

Who can apply for CyberQuest?

Anyone who is unemployed, 18 years or older, an EU/EEA national and resident of Ireland. Some non-residents with applicable work visa may also apply.

Who is the Foundation Path for?

So, here’s the story with the Foundation path.
Here is where you learn the basics about Cyber Security so that you can be safe and secure online, whether at home or at work. This path will provide you with a good understanding of the common cyber security threats and the steps that can be taken to prevent cyber criminals gaining access to your computer at home or at work. It is a valuable skill to have as you look toward future jobs.
This learning will be online using training materials from leading cyber security educator Infosec. You will also receive coaching and support in looking for a job, in terms of CV preparation, interview skills and so on.
Your online learning account with Infosec will be available to you from December to end of March. Once the account has been set up, you will be able to try out a wide range of
learning material; from interactive training modules, microlearning videos, assessments, infographics and more.

In all, you will have access of over seventy different courses, allowing you to explore
different areas that interest you within the field of cyber security, including:

  • Social Engineering
  • Mobile Security
  • Privacy and PII
  • Safe Web Browsing
  • Data Security
  • Password Security
  • Phishing
  • Backups
  • Secure Wire Transfer
  • Antivirus

Further detail is available in the attached documentation and provided you meet the eligibility criteria, we would be delighted to see you apply for The Foundation Path.

Who is the Intermediate Path for?

If you sign up for the CyberQuest Intermediate path, you will find all the courses to help you develop the skills required within the field of cybersecurity. This path's aim is to help set you up for entry roles in cyber security. This path incorporates an online learning programme hosted by leading cyber security educator Infosec. You will be given access to your own online learning account with InfosecSkills and this will allow you to access to key cyber courses like ‘Network Fundamentals’ or ‘Incident Response’. Start training for a job in cyber security now with courses for: - Cyber Investigator - Incident Responder - Cyber Security Analyst - Cyber Security Engineer - Security Auditor - Penetration Tester You will also be able to take practice exams that are guaranteed to get you through on your first attempt at CompTIA certification. And then get support with your job hunting with sessions on CV preparation, interview skills and career coaching. More details at:

Who is the Advanced Path for?

The CyberQuest Advanced programme will take account of your previous information
technology, security services or other relevant experience and place you on an advanced
path for learning and skills development.
This path is gamified, rapid and measurable; and it uses the on-demand learning platform from Immersive Labs. The approach is immersive and close to the real-life scenarios that Cyber Security workers experience. The Advanced programme will equip you with the Cyber skills needed for many roles by
providing both knowledge and laboratories to practice the skills required. Using your own
learning account, your performance will be measured and you can track your progress
against your colleagues on a leader board.

Supports in job seeking are also provided as part of the programme.
You will have access to over 200+ labs that are updated weekly to reflect emerging cyber threats. Some examples of the programmes

  • Cyber Kill Chain
  • Virtualisation
  • Banner Grabbing
  • Windows Forensics
  • Sudo Caching
  • PowerShell: Episode 1
The CyberQuest Advanced programme does not provide a formal certification but many of the pathways are designed for Cyber Security standards and lead to learning credits. If you wish to pursue this then we can advise on this process.

What do I need to do to complete the training?

You will need a computer with a camera and microphone and access to the internet. The computer will need to be able to support Teams and the training platforms.

What qualification will I receive from CyberQuest?

Generally each path offers course completion certifications. The Intermediate training path there are a number of professional certifications (exam based) available at the end of a set of training modules.

How much does the course cost?

There is no charge to individuals, this initiative is fully subsidised by it@Cork Skillnet that receives the funding for this through Skillnet Ireland's Skill Connect initiative.

What is Skills Connect?

Skills Connect is an initiative developed by Skillnet Ireland and designed in partnership
with enterprise to enhance cross-sector employability and support people who have lost
their jobs due to Covid-19. It offers a suite of bespoke upskilling and training solutions,
designed by enterprise, aimed at supporting re-entry into the workforce. This valuable
initiative offers individuals the opportunity to develop new skills or reskill, build
confidence and access practical on-the-job training.


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