Ultimate guide to cyber security bootcamps infographics

You’re probably familiar with the term “hacking,” but do you really understand the importance of cyber security? Did you know that by 2019, it’s projected that globally we’ll need 6 million security professionals, but we’ll be short by 1.5 million? Cyber security is comprised of technologies and practices to protect networks, computers, software programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. The need for technical security talent is increasing and Security Bootcamps are launching to fill this void. If you’re deciding on which coding bootcamp route to take, and you’re interested in learning cyber security, there are a few things to consider (and we’ve listed where you can learn these skills!) Check out our Ultimate Guide to Cyber Security Bootcamps. 

The Current Cyber Security Landscape

Job opportunities are constantly growing for information security and cyber security professionals. In order to decrease barriers to this tech profession, we're starting to see more cybersecurity bootcamps help fill the tech talent skills gap.

Threats to our cyber networks are on the rise as cyber crime is predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021. As a result of these threats, the cyber security market is expected to grow annually by 9.8%, up from $74.4 billion in spending in 2015 to an estimated $170 billion by 2020. Since 2013, the number of information security incidents and data breaches have increased by 70% and 242% respectively. Many of these attacks (62%) were targeted at small to medium-sized businesses which simply didn’t understand the consequences of not taking cyber security seriously.

In addition to understanding the need for security tech talent based on the market, you should also be aware that this demand for skills is greater than supply. Job postings for cybersecurity roles increased by 91% from 2010-2014, compared to just 28% for all IT positions. Currently, 84% of cyber security job postings call for a bachelor’s degree, 83% require at least 3 years of experience, and 35% of jobs call for industry certification such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or CompTIA Security+ certifications. While this may be the case, employers are now turning to alternative tech education methods such as bootcamps and technology trade schools to meet their hiring needs. With projections of a shortfall of 1.5 million security talent, it’s safe to say that learning security skills will ensure that you’ll always be in-demand. If you're interested in learning more about the industry as a whole, check out this directory of Info Security Conferences to meet people in the field.

Job Roles: What does a career in security look like?

According to US News & World Report, Information Security Analyst was ranked as the #8 best job in technology in 2015, making an average wage of $90,120. It’s important to keep in mind that when moving up the career ladder in security, salary ranges will rise. The average 2016 U.S. security professional salary ranges are as follows:

  • Data Security Analyst ($114k-$160k) Analysts need to know every aspect of computer and network security, especially firewall administration, encryption, and network protocols. CISSP certification is definitely an asset.
  • Systems Security Administrator ($106k-$150k) This role requires technical knowledge of data systems security protocol and hardware and software systems. You’ll also want to keep abreast of security trends and government regulations.
  • Network Security Administrator ($103K-$147k) You will need a strong technical background with knowledge of network management protocols, networking architecture, authentication practices, and security administration.
  • Network Security Engineer ($110K-$153K) This role must translate security policies and procedures into technical architectures, while having insight on how to install, monitor, and maintain network security solutions.
  • Information Systems Security Manager ($130k-$182k) You’ll need a technical background along with strong communication and leadership skills. It’s expected to have five or more years of security experience with industry certifications CISSP or CompTIA Security+.
  • Chief Security Officer ($140k-$223k) Once you reach the top, you will have over 10 years of security experience and in-depth knowledge of ever changing business functions. This role requires excellent judgment and planning to maintain complex security systems.

Security Bootcamps: What are my options?

Most security bootcamps are not for complete tech newbies– so if you’ve never coded before, you should consider general full-stack coding bootcamps before setting your eyes on cyber security. We’d also recommend taking additional Information Security (InfoSec) classes as the security industry involves more than just coding. The majority of security bootcamps require one to two years of IT systems or development experience, with a general understanding of networking. Applicants must be proficient in a scripting language like Ruby, Javascript, Python, or Perl and should be familiar with common operating systems like Windows and Linux. Many in this field have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or engineering and previous networking certification. After attending a security bootcamp, students can expect to land entry-level positions like Information (IT) Security Analyst, Cybersecurity Analyst, and Security Sales Engineer.

We’re excited to see the growth in cyber security education via the bootcamp model. Here’s a list of the best cyber security bootcamps ready to teach you top skills needed to ward off those hackers:

Cyber Retraining Academy

Length: 10 weeks, full-time
Curriculum: Cyber Retraining Academy was created by the SANS Institute, recognized as a global leader in computer and info security training, along with the UK Government to aid in the lack of security tech talent. Students will learn cyber security technology fundamentals, enterprise infrastructure, OS security, virtualization, cloud infrastructure security, compliance audit and risk, incident response, forensics, penetration testing and ethical hacking. The full program is on site.
Career Prep/Certification: There is no job guarantee, but students will end the program earning an industry-recognized GCIH certification.
Cost: There is no program cost to the student.
Location: London, England


Length: 34 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: DevLeague offers material in networking, design, and management, network security and risk management, Python, cryptography, computer forensics, and more. Students will receive hands-on experience using modern tools with an evening and weekend format that includes one month of online hybrid preparation.
Career Prep/Certification: Students will be able to test for the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications upon completion of the course. 
Cost:Tuition is $14,500.
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Evolve Security Academy

Length: Part-Time,15 weeks live-online or 17 weeks in-person (Chicago) 
Curriculum: Evolve Security Academy covers holistic cybersecurity education including Security Program Creation, Current Threat Landscape, Networking, Application Stack,  Defense, Detection & Architecture, Hardening Systems, Social Engineering, Cryptography, Vulnerability Management, Forensics and Incident Response. Students watch pre-recorded videos then spend class sessions with a live instructor and classmates digesting information, working through hands-on with labs and gaining real work experience on a non-profit. Advanced Training courses are available as well.
Career Prep/Certification: Job preparation is included with more individualized and job placement support for Bootcamp PRO. There is no job guarantee, successful graduates receive an Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certificate and hands-on, practical experience employers want. 
Cost: Bootcamp REMOTE Tuition is $8,000 and Bootcamp PRO Tuition is $12,000. Financing is available through SkillsFund.
Location: Remote Live-online or in Chicago, Illinois

Open Cloud Academy

Length: 9 weeks, full-time
Curriculum: As a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved, and Rackspace inspired Education Center, Open Cloud Academy students will learn Linux SysAdmin and Network Operations utilizing CompTIA Network, -RHCSA I & II, Apache, MySQL, Cloud Basics, and more. The full program is onsite.
Career Prep/Certification: There is no job guarantee yet, students will be able to successfully complete the Network+ or Network Fundamentals Exam.
Cost: Tuition is $3,500.
Location: San Antonio, Texas

SecureSet Academy

Length: 20 weeks, full-time
Curriculum: SecureSet Academy courses include extensive hands-on instruction in state-of-the-art labs, guided product training, and essential certifications (CISSP and Security+). SecureSet℠ Academy’s accredited CORE programs are comprised of Network Security 1 & 2, System Security 1 & 2, Applied Crypto, Detection & Logs, Policy & Regs, Strategy & Analysis, and Security Culture. The full program is onsite.
Career Prep/Certification: There is no job guarantee yet, there is extensive job-placement mentoring and networking.
Cost: Tuition is $19,950.
Location: Denver, Colorado


Length: Flexible
Curriculum: Springboard online students will master the skills needed to break into this exploding, in-demand field with the Generalist track, Security Analyst track, and Security Engineer track. Students will write code and build technical systems to solve cybersecurity problems with one-on-one mentorship.
Career Prep/ Certification: There is no job guarantee, but students receive mentorship and career guidance.
Cost: $900-$3,300
Location: Online


Length: 10 to 16-weeks, full-time or 30 to 36 weeks, part-time
Curriculum: TurnToTech students can choose 3 different tracks in basic cyber security with Python, penetration testing, and risk management powered by HackerUSA. There is a 40-hour, pre-training selection process for cyber security programs that is integral to ensuring that students are both technically capable and a professional fit. 
Career Prep/Certification: Students will be equipped to take international cyber security examinations. 
Cost: Tuition is $999.
Location: New York, NY

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