Center for Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations

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Welcome to C3O

Welcome to the Naval Postgraduate School Center Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations (C3O). C3O is America's foremost center for defense-related research and education in software security, inherently trustworthy systems, cybersecurity defense, and the use of computational systems in both defensive and adversarial cyber operations.

C3O's mix of highly experienced faculty and staff, along with its diverse student body comprising senior military officers, government employees and civilians, make it uniquely qualified to address security issues of the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Government. Please explore our website and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 


Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate

Distance Learning for Naval Personnel

The three-course Cybersecurity Fundamentals certificate (Curriculum 256) is offered to non-resident U.S. Naval personnel. Classes are taught asynchronously. Each certificate offering takes approximately 9 months to complete with one course per quarter.  Additional information is available here.

This program has become very popular and there is a waiting list. Please contact cyberapps@nps.edu to be added to the list.



CyberCIEGE is an innovative computer-based tool that teaches cybersecurity through simulation and resource management. CyberCIEGE is an ideal vehicle to meet cybersecurity training and awareness requirements. 

Visit the CyberCIEGE website 

Map showing who uses CyberCIEGE.


Scholarship for Service

Scholarship for Service

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents


Are you the missing piece to the puzzle?  Want to obtain a Master's degree, receive a salary while attending school, learn from the government's leading experts in the Information Assurance field, and begin a civilian career with an unlimited future?  

Then the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations (C3O) is ready to lead you on the start of your new career in the STEM or MONARCH program. Hear what NPS SFS students have to say about the program. SFS students on SFS.

The Scholarship for Service program DOES NOT entail enrollment in the Military. Selected applicants join our team for two years and discover their "inner geek."  Our NPS students are highly coveted by the nation's top Federal Agencies, such as the CIA, FBI, NSA, FDIC, Census Bureau, and many others.