Virginia Veterans Cyber Training Pilot

Cisco, Amazon Web Services (AWS), (ISC)2, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ Onward to Opportunity (O2O), and Yyotta have joined together with the Commonwealth of Virginia to sponsor a free cyber training pilot program for approximately 200 veterans who want to live and work in the Commonwealth in the cyber field.

Eligible participants include transitioning service members; National Guard; Selected Reserves; spouses of active duty service members, National Guard and Selected Reserves; and veterans.

Onward to Opportunity will deliver the training at the Naval Station Norfolk. The 12 to 15-week training will be primarily online with interspersed classroom sessions. Program registration has begun with training anticipated to begin in March 2017.

Yyotta will also be delivering training at the Quantico Corporate Center ( QCC ) in Stafford, Virginia, with the 12 to 15-week mixed, online and in-class training to begin in June 2017. Registration for the training pilot at the QCC is expected to open in April 2017.

Training consists of the following four tracks:

  1. Cybersecurity Operations
  2. Security Infrastructure
  3. Software Engineering
  4. Operations/Technical Support
  5. Security Management

Participants who successfully complete the program will be prepared for an industry certification and entry level cyber positions. 

Pre-requisites knowledge requirements vary by track.  See links below.

  1. Cybersecurity Operations – CCNA Cyber Ops
  2. Security Infrastructure – CCNA Security
  3. Software Engineering – AWS Educate Cloud Support Engineer, Software Engineer. DevOps Engineer
  4. Operations/Technical Support – AWS Educate Quality Assurance Team Lead, Cloud Support Associate
  5. Security Management - Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

For more information on O2O and the cyber pilot program, express interest at or contact John ‘Gucci’ Malfitano, O2O Installation Program Manager, 757-692-1774,

About O2O
Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a new FREE program offering industry-specific training, certifications, and job placement services on military installations across the country to participants. O2O partners with private sector companies committed to training and hiring veterans and military spouses.

For more information about Yyotta, contact George Hinckley,; and/or Khalil Yazdi,

About Yyotta
Yyotta is an innovative leader of state-of-the-art “modular edge” data centers providing custom connectivity and managed services for the most discriminating enterprise and government customers and hybrid cloud services solutions for customers that need end-to-end solutions. Owning and operating a highly compliant and high density modular data centers, Yyotta is committed to offering the most reliable, connected edge data centers to enterprises that have unique needs and demanding compliance requirements. Trusted by some of the world’s largest companies and government agencies in the market, Yyotta is committed to understanding customer needs and providing the highest level of solutions and service. Yyotta's flagship center is located at the Quantico Corporate Center in Stafford, Virginia with other locations planned.

The Quantico region supports global Marine Corps education, training and readiness. It also is home to global education, training and readiness for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Military Department Investigative Agencies (MDIA) for the Department of Defense (DoD) and numerous private sector technology companies. Yyotta is working closely with federal agencies, NIST, the DoD, academic institutions and technology companies to coordinate cyber training and workforce professionalization initiatives.