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Evolve Security Academy

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Evolve Security Academy

Avg Rating:5.0 ( 33 reviews )

Evolve Security Academy offers two 16-week, part-time cybersecurity bootcamp options. Bootcamp PRO is in-person, based in Chicago, IL and Bootcamp REMOTE is live-online. Evolve Academy teaches students concrete and practical cybersecurity skills they will actually need on the job. During the course, students gain real work experience through the live security assessment work they perform on not-for-profit organizations. Students will experience immersive and hands-on training delivered through live instruction, recorded lectures, and lab tutorials. The curriculum includes 12 modules – networking, application stack, intro to cybersecurity, current threat landscape, security, social engineering, defense/detection, security hardening, cryptography, vulnerability, incident response, and job search preparation.

Prospective students fill out a preliminary application online, and are then invited to fill out a full application. Applicants can expect a phone screen, recommended prep exercises, and an interview. Candidates should be passionate and curious. 1 to 3 years experience in IT or development is strongly considered, but not required. Throughout the course, Evolve Security Academy prepares students to find a job with interview and job preparation. With over 350,000 unfilled cyber security jobs in the U.S. and 1,000,000 globally, their primary focus is on creating top-tier cyber security talent and placing them into high-paying jobs.

Successful graduates of the cybersecurity bootcamps will receive a designation of Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certification after successful completion of written and lab exams, and preparation for the CompTIA Security+ certification.

Advanced training is also available on Penetration Testing. This part-time training is 5-weeks of immersive and hands-on training, delivered remotely through live instruction, recorded lectures and lab tutorials. Students will gain the knowledge to deliver a full penetration test, from scoping to reporting, at the network and application layer. Each lab is created based off real world situations encountered by Evolve Security penetration testers. Interested students can register online for this course.

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  • Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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    Python, Linux, Penetration Testing, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking
    In PersonPart Time15 Hours/week16 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $12,500
    Class size
    16
    Location
    Chicago
    16-weeks of in-person and immersive training at Chicago’s 1871 incubator space. Students receive a hands-on holistic curriculum, real work experience, job placement services, and a vast network of adjunct instructors in an intimate small classroom setting. (Curriculum Outline) Module 1 - Networking Module 2 - Application Stack Module 3 - Intro to Cyber Security Module 4 - Current Threat Landscape Module 5 - Security Program Module 6 - People / Social Engineering Module 7 - Defense, Detection & Architecture Module 8 - Security Hardening Module 9 - Cryptography Module 10 - Vulnerability Management / Offensive Security Module 11 - Incident Response & Forensics Module 12 - Job Search Preparation (Outcome) Upon successful completion of the Academy, you will have demonstrated the ability to not only understand the theory behind information security, but also how to apply it in real world situations. In addition graduates receive: - Designation of Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) after successful completion of exam - CompTIA Security+ Certification voucher - A network of cyber security professionals and experts from many different organizations and backgrounds - Real world project experience as a Security Apprentice you can share with potential employers - Preparation for other information security certifications if you choose to pursue them - Job placement services and a commitment to guiding you to successfully land a job
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000
    Financing
    Financing is available through Skills Fund and Climb.
    Scholarship
    Scholarships available for veterans, women, and minorities. GI Bill funding for eligible veterans pending approval.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic Computer Science, Networking and Linux Command Line. https://www.evolvesecurity.io/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Prep Work
    See our recommended prep work. https://www.evolvesecurity.io/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
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  • Bootcamp REMOTE (live-online)

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    Python, Linux, Penetration Testing, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week16 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $10,500
    Class size
    35
    Location
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    16-weeks of live-online and immersive training. Students receive a hands-on holistic curriculum, real work experience and job preparation. (Curriculum Outline) Module 1 - Networking Module 2 - Application Stack Module 3 - Intro to Cyber Security Module 4 - Current Threat Landscape Module 5 - Security Program Module 6 - People / Social Engineering Module 7 - Defense, Detection & Architecture Module 8 - Security Hardening Module 9 - Cryptography Module 10 - Vulnerability Management / Offensive Security Module 11 - Incident Response & Forensics Module 12 - Job Search Preparation (Outcome) Upon successful completion of the Academy, you will have demonstrated the ability to not only understand the theory behind information security, but also how to apply it in real world situations. In addition graduates receive: - Designation of Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) upon successful completion of exam - CompTIA Security+ Certification voucher - A network of cyber security professionals and experts from many different organizations and backgrounds - Real world project experience as a Security Apprentice you can share with potential employers - Preparation for other information security certifications if you choose to pursue them - Job preparation to successfully navigate your cybersecurity job search
    Financing
    Deposit
    $1000
    Financing
    Financing is available through Skills Fund.
    Tuition Plans
    Option 1: Pay full tuition upfront. A $500 discount will be applied to tuition Option 2: Pay half upfront / half at week 7
    Scholarship
    Scholarships available for veterans, women, and minorities. Apply when completing your full application.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic Computer Science, Networking and Linux Command Line. https://www.evolvesecurity.io/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Prep Work
    See our recommended prep work. https://www.evolvesecurity.io/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Practical Penetration Testing (Live-Online)

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    Linux, Penetration Testing, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $3,200
    Class size
    20
    Location
    Chicago
    This training is 5-weeks of immersive and hands-on training, delivered remotely through live instruction, recorded lectures and lab tutorials. Students will gain the knowledge to deliver a full penetration test, from scoping to reporting, at the network and application layer. Each lab is created based off real world situations encountered by Evolve Security penetration testers. There are no capture the flag exercises, made up scenarios or silly puzzles. This training is designed for anyone who wants to become a penetration tester or who is interested on how hacker breaches an organization. The training will be challenging but rewarding. The only difference between a junior pen tester and a senior pen tester is experience.
    Financing
    Deposit
    Full payment due upon registration.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Basic Computer Science, Networking and Linux Command Line.
    Prep Work
    Recommended prep exercises can be found here: https://www.evolvesecurity.io/academy/live-online-penetration-testing-training
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes

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  • EXCELLENT PROGRAM
    - 9/28/2018
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    I had the unique experience of participating in the Evolve Security 17-week live in structor led bootcamp, an incredible experience, the Academy team works tirelessly to incorporate feedback and improve the coursework, labs, and direction of future modules. Having one foot in the bootcamp as a student, and one foot in the office as an employee, the appreciation of seeing how well balanced this program is, and my ability to contribute raw feedback was a rewarding experience. This is a fantastic program, and I'm increasingly proud of what I've learned and my ability to speak to aspects of security, both from a policy and technical perspective, that would have been improbable or prohibitively difficult to learn on my own, and with out the infrastructure of this program. 

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    If you are looking for the best way to break into cybersecurity and willing to put in the work, the bootcamp is the perfect fit for you. I learned so many different tools and techniques about hacking within the 17-week period. I started the bootcamp as a novice who barely had any knowledge about networking, but after the bootcamp with a lot of practices on many different labs, I was able to comfortably run an assessment on a host or even a subnet (from initial scan for host discovery to exploitation and reporting). Besides, I really enjoyed those blue team – red team exercises where we were divided into team and started attacking on each other. These exercises really helped me get better understanding about hacking from different vantage points, both defensive and offensive sides. As a software developer, I found this experience very valuable since it helped me become more aware about security and know how to properly harden my system to prevent potential attacks. All in all, I am very satisfied with the experience I got from the bootcamp and definitely recommend anyone who has an interest in cybersecurity.

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    The Evolve Academy Bootcamp was a fantastic educational experience. The material and instruction were insightful and concise. While it's impossible to cover every aspect of security in 17 weeks, the course provided a holistic approach to the material and covered both overarching theoretical concepts as well as hands-on technical implementations. The instructors were also more than happy to encourage students to dig deeper on subjects they were interested in, and provided fantastic examples of principles based on their real world job experience. 

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    This Cohort was more than I expected and gave me all the tools to continue my Career in Cyber Security. After 1 week of completing my Linked profile and uploading my Resume on several Job Sites. I have been receiving emails from Job Recruiters very frequently.

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    I'm immensly proud to say I'm a current alumni and graduate from Evolve Security Academy. I highly recommend this program for anyone who is either trying to break into information security or stand beside a organization that is attempt to close the "opprotunity divide" with the much needed talent gap this industry is facing. 

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    The staff is amazing and has an incredible way of taking complex concepts and breaking them down into digestible bits. Coming into the course without any experience in the field, I can attest to the initial difficulty of what is going to be learned. However, the staff is willing to put forth the time and effort to ensure you grasp a solid understanding of the material. Though there is no direct job assistance offered within the REMOTE bootcamp, the networking opportunities offered to you during the 15 weeks (alternate Slack channels, guest speakers, etc.) provide you with the tools to begin the search with a strong advantage.

     

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    I started this cybersecurity Bootcamp not having much knowledge what so ever (I must admit I was pretty intimated at first).  After just a few weeks into the Bootcamp, I was able to confidently and fluently converse with others using IT Jargon commonly found in the industry.  I can't say enough about the great instructors that made this experience fun, enjoyable and most importantly brought a surplus of knowledge from the public and private sector of the ever-growing IT corporate world.  The instructor and his teaching assistants were highly attentive when students ran into a problem in the homework or labs.  This Bootcamp also offers office hours before and after class, which was helpful when needing to prepare your VM for labs and assignments covered in the lectures. 

    I highly recommend this Bootcamp for anyone that is looking to truly improve themselves and further their career into a high growth industry.  Lastly, I want to note that I took this course while working a full-time 9-5 job.  It may seem like a daunting task to juggle both (and at times it could be), but our great instructor and an incredibly supportive cast of students made it much easier and manageable.  The one thing that attracted me to the Bootcamp was the high rate of job placement. Many students were landing jobs mid-way through the cohort and everyone felt like the interviews were quite easy compared to the vast knowledge they had gained through the Bootcamp.  The instructors also make it a priority to continuously ask interview questions throughout the Bootcamp to further prepare you for interviews.  

    I took time to look at a few cybersecurity Bootcamps, but ultimately chose Evolve Security (and very glad I did) !!!!

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    I was part of the PRO cohort (in-person) and it has changed my perception of the security industry. From someone with limited to no experience in the field before the bootcamp, it was fast paced and challenging, but even more rewarding when you finally understood the concepts introduced. The instructors and TAs demonstrate exceptional knowledge of IT and security as well as provide further instructions when needed, but without spoiling the lab or experience. I personally enjoyed the real-life experience the most as we had the opportunity to work with a not-for-profit organization and had to deliver a real security assessment. The job support was a large part of the final weeks and really pays off for the most ambitious students as they will most likely all land jobs within the next few months after completing the cohort, at least that was my and my classmates' experience as we all have jobs as analysts or consultants. I will finish this review by saying that students that are willing to learn and put in the effort will definitely have a rewarding experience, and grow both personally and professionally.

  • Dimitri Teravanessian • DevOps Engineer • Graduate
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    This course is very well rounded, practical, and it teaches students the most useful fundamentals in a very forward-thinking way. The material was the perfect blend of techniques and tools that a person entering the cyber industry should be aware of this day in age. It was very organized, thorough, and easy to digest. I liked how we had labs, which are designed to provide a baseline understanding of the module, and then homework assignments that allow students to build on top of their newfound knowledge into an intermediate understanding of the subject. My instructor had a wealth of knowledge and experience from the military and NSA, and really emphasizes what it takes to work for any kind of company as well as consulting. I would recommend this course 10 out of 10 to anyone who not only wants to do cybersecurity but also for those who want to learn about other technologies that are extremely popular these days such as AWS and Terraform, (along the lines of DevSecOps). There were so many learning opportunities and I learned a ton. Thank you!

  • Awesome class
    - 3/13/2019
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    The Evolve Security Practical Penetration Testing class was very informative and fun. I had some knowledge going in to the class but still learned a wealth of practical information I can apply to my everyday job as a Software Developer and System Administrator. I would highly recommend this class to anyone that writes software or maintains IT infrastructure because if you understand how threat actor can compromise your systems you can help better against protect those threats.

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    I got more out of Evolve Security Academy than I did out of my college degree. From the hands on labs to the numerous networking events, this bootcamp was a fantastic overall experience. Everyone here was extremely knowledgeable and eager to help if any questions arose.

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    Evolve Academy is the best place to study if you want to become a cybersecurity professional. The coursework is relevant, robust and challenging. Time management skills and dedication are essential for overall retention and success. Students learn directly from real-world professionals who support your journey - daily! This is a worthy educational commitment that will change your trajectory towards that of a skilled cybersecurity leader in the making. I highly recommend Evolve Security Academy and look forward to taking advanced boot camp options post-graduation.

  • Alex Piszczek • Cyber Defense Analyst • Graduate
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    Evolve Security Academy provided me with hands on experience that far surpassed my Bachelor's Degree and caught the eye of a number of employers and recruiters. The knowledge and experience installing and navigating firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems and the vulnerability assessment my cohort conducted impressed a number of employers and landed me multiple offers within 2 months of completing my Evolve Security Certified Professional certification. 

  • Angela Marafino • Security Assessment Specialist • Graduate
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    Evolve Security Academy has hands down changed my life! From the initial communication to the first day of class, the entire team was very responsive and helpful every step of the way. The curriculum and labs coupled with having instructors who work in the field, provide an unparalleled education in cybersecurity. The remote course was delivered in such a way that it felt like we were actually in a live classroom and worked perfectly around a full time work schedule. The relationships I made in the cohort have been invaluable. I landed a job in cybersecurity by networking within the cohort and couldn't have gotten to where I am today without the mentorship of my professor, my classmates and Evolve's phenomenal curriculum. The best investment I have ever made and it changed my life in a matter of months! If you grab this opportunity, put in the work and study hard, you will succeed and Evolve will be there every step of the way.

  • Joshua Raju • Network Security Analyst • Graduate
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    Evolve Academy helped me understand why security is so important in this day and age. I've learned more in the past 4 months than I have in my entire life. As hard as it has been, it has been equally rewarding completing this Co-hort. The labs are very interesting and also very hands on which was a big factor in gaining real world experience.  I was able to land a job about a month after the class ended.  This program quite literally changed my life.  

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    I had a blast! great group of people, instructors, and awesome relative content. Kudos on the selection process; and the content selection, especially the labs and projects. So much content that has proven to be very valuable to me already. I learned SO much. I mean it, so so much. Near the end of the cohort when I started updating my LinkedIn and resume, I begun to get interviews and I had 0 experience in the security background, and am getting close to placement now. The value is definitely there, the career prep is huge and our instructor Azeem has been awesome to work with - seriously, the patience and care in that man to ensure we're staying engaged is admirable. I've worked hospitality for years and I know how tough it can be to keep people motivated through dense periods of volume / business. Can't recommend enough!

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    My experience was very good. Evolve Security Academy will make sure that you feel supported in learning. While there is a dearth of material on cyber security found online, ESA shielded me from doubt and discouragement while digging through it all. The most valuable part of ESA is the strategic, hands-on approach from instructors who work in the field, not just profess. With my certification from ESA and CompTia Sec+, I have the confidence I need to explore a new career field.

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    As a cybersecurity boot camp, this program is great. But Evolve Security Academy is so much more. This program is fast-paced, in-depth, and thorough. It covers cybersecurity in its entirety; from legal and policy to gaining experience with pen-testing tools.  Conveniently located at 1871, coupled with the frequent meetups, I had many opportunities to network. Meeting people working in the industry and attending relevant meetups all supplemented the material covered in the cohort. 

    As a high-school student, this very well changed my life. Just two months after having begun the program I got an internship in cybersecurity at a global management consulting firm. I was pleased to see that a lot of what I was learning at Evolve applied here. This program also inspired me to help bring cybersecurity awareness to my high-school through CyberPatriot.  

  • Calvin D. Strickland • Endpoint Security Analyst • Student
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    If you are intersted in Information/Cyber Security and are willing to work hard. The Evolve Security Academy is place to go. It is fully immersive hands on training that uses industry tools and the staff is dedicated to make sure you succeed. I 100% recommend this bootcamp if you are serious in looking for a career change or are looking to advance your career.

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    My experience at Evolve Academy was both gratifying and rewarding. I signed up and started the process of getting into the program 4 months prior to the actual start date and every step along the way the administration was there to help make the process effortless . The Evolve Academy curriculum was created and adapted to my personal needs as I came in with only minimal experience.  As expected, the program was intense and strenuous, the support given by the instructors and guests speakers helped me understand cybersecurity concepts and mindsets that I would have otherwise not been able to comprehend easily on my own.  I highly recommend Evolve Academy to everyone who wants to transition into data security, with or without previous experience

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    If you have the passion and desire to become a cybersecurity professional, Evolve will be there to support you. 

  • best investment
    - 9/16/2017
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    I could not ask for a better experience! Very professional, helpful and knowledgeable instructors. The course was very hands on and never boring.

    Students in my class were from different backgrounds (system administration, investigation, programming, etc) so we also did learn a lot from each other.

    Evolve organized quite a few great event which were very relevant to the course curriculum

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    Being part of the evolve Academy was a life changing experience in my career. I have been working in IT since 1992, I'm proficient at networking and Windows' servers, but this was a whole new level. I had my Comptia Security Plus before the boot camp, but it was just theory. The class went deep into the tools and covered the entire aspect of cyber security. By working with SIEMs with red-team blue-team exercise I created wonderful friendships on the way and expanded my network in the cyber security area. The location is amazing, 1871 is very convenient and great place to work around.

  • Blake • Security Analyst • Graduate
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    As a former stay-at-home dad re-entering IT after 5 years, I needed a program that would get me up to speed fast. I was considering a coding bootcamp when I found Evolve Security Academy here on Course Report. After speaking with a graduate of the program (now a co-worker!) I took the plunge and enrolled with the handy CR scholarship. Thanks!

    When you demonstrate an ability to voluntarily leave the workforce, companies just plain don't want to give you a job. Evolve Security Academy gave me the cybersecurity training and job placement support I needed to get a great position I NEVER could have gotten otherwise. Evolve's program provided intense immersion into all facets of IT security with opportunities to deep dive on specific projects and continuing post-class learning and career support. The best learning experience of my life, hands-down.

    As with any bootcamp program, be prepared for intense work. You'll need the ability to quickly pick up technical concepts and have a problem-solving mindset or it's going to be rough. And if you have those things? It's STILL going to be rough. But it'll be worth it.

  • Life Changing
    - 3/1/2017
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    As someone who came into this with as little relevant expeience as possible, the entire journey has been great. The coursework can be heavy and the classes are fast paced, but the nature in which you learn with your fellow students harbors a culture where everyone is helping each other master their craft. For anyone looking for that push in the right direction to start your new career, Evolve is a great place to start. As long as you are committed, you will not regret the decision. 

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