Critical Knowledge

A better baseline.

Organizations around the world are experiencing great difficulty in finding qualified candidates to fill skilled cybersecurity or cyber-enabled roles. This is generally referred to as the cybersecurity talent shortage or skills gap. 

Critical Knowledge is a 100% online baseline assessment, practical training, and workforce analysis solution designed to ensure that enterprise teams are proficient in foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities across areas of cybersecurity and cyber risk. Organizations who leverage Critical Knowledge are better equipped to hire, retain, cross-skill, and upskill cybersecurity and cyber-enabled employees in ways that can’t be achieved by current training options. 

Female engineer

“CyberVista has been an excellent education partner. In this case, the term ‘partner’ is meaningful and not an alternative for ‘vendor.’”

Chris Bridge, Palo Alto Networks



An intelligent solution.

Diagnostic Assessment

Easily administer a diagnostic assessment is used to determine each team member’s strengths and weaknesses.

Preliminary Workforce Analysis

Receive written analysis utilizing assessment data providing recommendations entering the training phase.

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Video Lessons

Experience engaging on-demand video featuring cybersecurity practitioners covering across all seven cybersecurity units.

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Practical Labs

Hands-on experience is critical. Get to work with both guided and problem-oriented labs to reinforce practical applications.

Final Assessment

Participants conclude the training period with a two hour final assessment to determine improvement across knowledge and skills.

Final Workforce Analysis

CyberVista provides an extensive workforce analysis following the completion of final assessment to drive long-term success and defense.

Data Driven

Live reporting provides an objective view of performance and progress.


Total costs average 50% less per person compared to traditional providers.


Drive real results with high-quality training and practical applications.


Designed to adapt to the organization and the individual employee.


Why Critical Knowledge?

When it comes to workforce development, we know that you and your organization have several options to choose from. This is what separates CyberVista from the pack. 


You can't improve what you don't measure.

We don’t tell organizations what they need to know—rather we start by showing them what they don’t. To determine the current state of your organization, every CyberVista training program begins with an assessment that establishes your team’s strengths and weaknesses as a baseline or benchmark. Using these results, we provide tailored, knowledge-based and practical training focused on the specified areas of weakness. 

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

Building upon the research done by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and leveraging the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF), we worked with multiple organizations to understand actual cybersecurity job roles and their required skills. The result is our detailed taxonomy aligned to the NCWF that serves as a roadmap to identify the skill and knowledge gaps between roles and levels in the enterprise.  Using this roadmap, individuals have a clear path forward with training across seven foundational units.

Unit 1 Critical Knowledge

01. Network Fundamentals

Learners will understand how a network functions and its potential vulnerabilities. 

    • Networking and Computing Principles
    • Network Architecture
    • Network Media
    • Wireless Protocols and Standards
    • Networking Models
    • Addressing, Protocols, and Packets
    • Subnetting
Unit 2 Critical Knowledge

02. Attacks and Vulnerabilities

Learners will understand how to exploit vulnerabilities. 

    • Social Engineering
    • DoS Attacks
    • Injection Attacks
    • Session Hijacking
    • Malware 
    • Authentication Attacks
Unit 3 Critical Knowledge

03. Network Security

Learners will understand how to defend a network. 

    • Network Filtering Devices
    • Network Analysis Devices
    • Zoning and Segmentation
    • Tunneling
    • Securing Insecure Protocols
    • Cloud Architecture and Deployment
Unit 4 Critical Knowledge

04. Security Engineering

Learners will understand additional technical security defenses. 

    • Physical Security
    • Encryption and Hashing
    • Security Frameworks and Evaluation Models
    • Identity and Access Management
    • Authentication Protocols
Unit 5 Critical Knowledge

05. Risk Management & Governance

Learners will understand Risk Management principles and best practices.

    • Risk Management Principles
    • Risk Assessments
    • Business Continuity Planning
    • Disaster Recovery Planning
    • Incident Response Process and Techniques
    • Laws and Regulations
    • Standards and Auditing
Unit 6 Critical Knowledge

06. Security Operations

Learners will understand the security operations that support the overall security posture of an enterprise. 

    • Change and Configuration Management
    • Patch Management
    • Backups
    • Logging and Monitoring
    • Secure Coding
    • MSSP and Third Parties
Unit 7 Critical Knowledge

07. Offensive & Defensive Security

Learners will understand basic offensive and defensive operations. 

    • Reconnaissance
    • Scanning and Enumeration
    • Exploitation and Post Exploitation
    • Threat and Risk Identification and Classification
    • Vulnerability Management
    • System Hardening
    • Triage and Incident Response


Designed for the individual.
Configured to the organization.

CyberVista solutions are built around data, efficiency, and practicality. Regardless of your industry, we can configure a solution for you.

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Improving CompTIA Security+ Pass Rates for the US Army

Your workforce needs work.

Critical Knowledge identifies the cybersecurity skills gaps in your organization and then provides custom-configured training to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities in areas of weakness. 

Unfilled positions in the U.S.

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