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Evolve Security Academy

Chicago

Evolve Security Academy

Avg Rating:4.85 ( 94 reviews )

Evolve Security Academy offers a 20-week, part-time cybersecurity bootcamp in-person in Chicago, IL or remote (live online). Evolve Security Academy offers holistic cybersecurity education as well as advanced tracks on specific areas within cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Bootcamp provides hands-on and immersive training, giving students the concrete and practical skills they will actually need on the job. Students gain real work experience through the live security assessment work they perform on non-profit organizations. 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.

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. 

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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  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp: IN-PERSON (Chicago)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$14,500
    Class size16
    LocationChicago
    Course Description: In-person, immersive and hands-on training delivered part-time in Chicago delivered with face-to-face instruction, recorded lectures and lab tutorials. Students receive a hands-on holistic curriculum, real work experience, job preparation, and a vast network of alumni in an intimate classroom setting. Curriculum: The curriculum includes modules on the following topics: Introduction to Cybersecurity, Networking, Security Program, OSINT & Social Engineering, Threat Landscape, Scripting for Security, SecOps Architecture, SecOps Threat Modeling, Cryptography, AppSec & Offensive Security, Threat Hunting & Incident Response, Security Apprenticeship, and Job Preparation. Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the bootcamp, graduates are able to not only understand the theory behind information security, but also how to apply it in real world situations. In addition, graduates receive: - Certificate of Completion and digital badge (290 CPE credits) upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam. - Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certification and digital badge upon meeting course requirements and passing the final ESCP lab exam. - CompTIA Security+ Certification voucher to take the certification within 90 days after the bootcamp at no cost. - A network of cybersecurity professionals and experts from different organizations and backgrounds. - Real world project experience as a Security Apprentice that ca be shared with potential employers. - Preparation for other information security certifications if pursuing them. - Job preparation services and support in landing a cybersecurity related job.
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Financing is available through Ascent Funding.



    Tuition PlansOption 1: Pay full tuition upfront. A $250 discount will be applied to tuition Option 2: Pay half upfront / half at week 10
    ScholarshipScholarships available for veterans, women, and minorities. GI Bill funding for eligible veterans pending approval.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic Computer Science, Networking and Linux Command Line. https://www.evolvesecurity.com/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Prep WorkEnroll in our free Fundamentals of Cybersecurity course: https://www.evolvesecurity.com/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp: REMOTE (Live-Online)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,500
    Class size35
    LocationChicago
    Course Description: Immersive and hands-on training delivered part-time with live instruction through video conference, recorded lectures and lab tutorials. Students receive a hands-on holistic curriculum, real work experience, job preparation, and a vast network of alumni in an online group learning environment. Curriculum: The curriculum includes modules on the following topics: Introduction to Cybersecurity, Networking, Security Program, OSINT & Social Engineering, Threat Landscape, Scripting for Security, SecOps Architecture, SecOps Threat Modeling, Cryptography, AppSec & Offensive Security, Threat Hunting & Incident Response, Security Apprenticeship, and Job Preparation. Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the bootcamp, graduates are able to not only understand the theory behind information security, but also how to apply it in real world situations. In addition, graduates receive: - Certificate of Completion and digital badge (290 CPE credits) upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam. - Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certification and digital badge upon meeting course requirements and passing the final ESCP lab exam. - CompTIA Security+ Certification voucher to take the certification within 90 days after the bootcamp at no cost. - A network of cybersecurity professionals and experts from different organizations and backgrounds. - Real world project experience as a Security Apprentice that ca be shared with potential employers. - Preparation for other information security certifications if pursuing them. - Job preparation services and support in landing a cybersecurity related job.
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Financing is available through Ascent Funding.

    Tuition PlansOption 1: Pay full tuition upfront. A $250 discount will be applied to tuition Option 2: Pay half upfront / half at week 10 GI Bill accepted for eligible veterans.
    ScholarshipScholarships available for veterans, women, and minorities. Apply when completing your full application.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic Computer Science, Networking and Linux Command Line. https://www.evolvesecurity.com/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Prep WorkEnroll in our free Fundamentals of Cybersecurity course: https://www.evolvesecurity.com/academy/getting-started-career-in-cybersecurity
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • OSCP Bootcamp (Live-Online)

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    Linux, Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking, Network Security
    OnlinePart Time8 Hours/week18 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$7,250
    Class size30
    LocationChicago
    This bootcamp is an immersive and hands-on training delivered remotely through live instruction, recorded lectures, lab tutorials, and virtual labs. Students will gain the knowledge to deliver a full penetration assessment at the network and application layer, from scoping, threat modeling, and discovery to vulnerability scanning. Students will work through the dozens of custom lab environments, inspired by real world situations encountered by Evolve Security penetration testers. Students will also receive Offensive Security’s PWK course with 60 days of lab access and a voucher for the OSCP certification. This training is designed for anyone who wants to advance their penetration testing skills and prepare for the OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) certifying exam. Topics Covered: - Penetration Testing Methodology (PTES) - Bash and Powershell scripting - Powershell Empire - Port tunneling and proxy chains - Target enumeration, vulnerability discovery and exploitation. - Buffer Overflow - Active Directory enumeration and attacks - Authentication by-pass attacks - Windows and Linux Privilege Escalation - Custom Exploitation Upon successful completion of the bootcamp, graduates will be able to: - Analyze corporate networks, web applications, and production systems to identify and exploit vulnerabilities. - Construct threat models to investigate persistent and emerging cybersecurity threats. - Understand the tools and technologies required to deliver a full penetration test of a network and application. - Report the results of a penetration test and remediation to decision-makers. - Gain the required knowledge and skills for the OSCP certification exam. In addition, graduates receive: - Penetration Testing Certificate of Completion and digital badge upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam. - Voucher to take OSCP certifying exam.
    Financing
    DepositInitial down payment of $1000 is required to enroll in the course.
    Financing
    We partner with a third-party lender, Ascent Funding, to provide affordable personal loans. Please visit their website for details on how to apply and to calculate your financing.
    Tuition Plans- Upfront Tuition - Tuition Installments (50% due before the start of bootcamp, remaining 50% due by week 9 of bootcamp.)
    ScholarshipPartial merit-based scholarship are available. Prospective students may apply for a scholarship by including a short personal essay in their bootcamp application.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have completed ONE of the following: - Completed Evolve Academy’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp - Earned bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science or information security - Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience
    Prep Work- Hacking 101 module in Evolve Academy's Cybersecurity Fundamentals course - Kali Linux Revealed E-book - Kali Linux Revealed Course on Kali - The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery & Security Scanning - Metasploit Unleashed Course
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
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    Carissa • Cybersecurity Analyst • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    This program was extremely good at having enough of a blend of "hold your hand" and self-accountability. I went from being extremely technologically ignorant and slow, to now understanding ports, scans, and so much more I now feel embarrassed to not have even heard about. They were extremely organized and helpful and still remain helpful even after students have passed. And its a phenomenal community to be a part of.
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    Jeremiah Foxhoven • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Evolve Security Academy Cybersecurity Bootcamp was a great learning experience for me with challenging modules but an excellent support system in place to ensure success! Well worth the investment of money & time & I highly recommend!
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    Peter Martinson • Information Security Officer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Evolve Academy has a comprehensive information security program. The curriculum is comprehensive and surprisingly in depth. Online classrooms with full labs provide hands on experience. You aren't just sitting in a lecture, you are learning hands on skills that are applicable across the industry. The instructors are experienced professionals with years of experience. The Assistant Instructors are culled from previous classes and are very knowledgeable. It's an excellent learning environment that values their students. Your classmates make for an excellent start to your professional network. Look forward to internships and job coaching for a great value! 
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    Bryan Houle • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Evolve Security Academy was a great experience. The instructors are supportive and prompt when answering emails and questions. I feel like I got a good understanding of what it takes to have a career in the cybersecurity field as well as a strong foundation for pursuing other certificates like the security+
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    samra mulugeta • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Pros: As a remote student the class schedule worked great for my busy schedule.
               There is always either an instructor or assistant instructor their to provide assistance through out the day even outside of class hours.
               Lab work is very exciting and hands on, it helps you really understand and get a feel of what you will be doing in the real world.
               The learning environment is very inclusive, it may feel overwhelming at first but once you get to know your instructors and your classmates 
               through the break out rooms it gets a whole lot better.
               Career prep was also very helpful they were able to help me with my resume/LinkedIn/coverletter/practice interviews and many more. I would 
               recommend to take full advantage of the career prep from the beginning of the course instead of waiting till the end the same for studying for 
               security+ exam. I would also recommend to start networking within the field starting from the beginning of the course instead of waiting till 
               the end of the course.
              Students are immersed in their learning with daily lectures, followed with lab work with a smaller team. Each module ends with a recap quiz
              which will be a great help for the final exam.
              An abundant amount of resources are provided for you to practice with even outside of class or even once completing the academy.
              The slack groups you will join will also be a great opportunity for during the academy and most importantly once completing the academy and 
              entering the field as they will always be there for you assistance.


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    Tony • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Thoroughly comprehensive and foundational introduction to modern cybersecurity. This program really addresses every aspect for the new cybersecurity career candidate in a carefully planned curriculum that makes learning easier and more engaging. The learning resources, instructors, and support provided set this academy apart as the high standard in cybersecurity instruction.
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    Michael Parker • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Evolve Security Academy provided me the opportunity to make a mid-career shift from financial services and sales to an industry that is trending upward, and that offers potential for career advancement.  I came into the program with minimal technical expertise or knowledge, so was initially anxious about my ability to process and retain the information.  It is a lot of information within a relatively short period of time, but if you stick with it, and stay up on the course materials and labs, by the end you will see it all come together.  The instructors were very knowledgeable about the subject matter and industry, and provided a nurturing environment where I felt comfortable asking questions and participating in discussions.  Overall I had a great experience, and am happy with the results.  In fact, I was just offered a paid internship within the first month after finishing the course and certification exams.
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    Jamie Richard • InfoSec Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    The Evolve Security bootcamp gave me a thorough, practical, and hands-on introduction to the information security industry preparing me for a new career in a band new field! 
  • Well Worth It
    - 12/23/2020
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    I had a really wonderful Evolve Security Academy experience. The instructors and assistant instructors were always helpful and informative, the curriculum covered all of the foundational elements of cybersecurity. The labs gave me the hands-on experience that I needed to take what I was learning and internalize it. The internship gave me the real-world experience I needed to sell myself and my infosec skills to employers. I really enjoyed my cohort and the environment Evolve Security Academy fostered. I left the program feeling prepared for a career in infosec, so kudos to everyone who is involved in the academy. Thank you for everything you do.
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    Jeremy M. • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    When I interviewed for this course, I didn't expect them to ask me anything IT related. However, they did and I realized that the course was going to be an uphill battle. I didn't know what an IP address was and the only reason I knew what RAM stood for was because of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. So pretty much, I started this course with knowing nothing at all.

    However, by the end of the course, I was able to analyze PCAP files, create network designs, run an instance on AWS and create a LAMP stack from that instance, and gain root access on a black box. This might be cheesy, but I've never felt prouder of myself than gaining root access during that web application assessment. That was the exact moment where I knew that I'd be able to make in this career field.

    Many of the teachers I learned from were experts in their fields. I got a good dose of networking, governance, cryptography, virtualization, threat hunting, incident response, and a bunch of red team tools. There's a bunch more that I was taught, but I think those are what stuck out most for me.

    Bootcamps aren't for everyone and after the course was done, I went to other resources to enhance my skills. It will feel like trying to drink out of a firehouse, but the best part is that you'll still be able to access the modules after the class is finished.

    I'm excited for my career and what it'll go. Evolve Security helped my find a passion that I didn't know was there. I'm grateful for their ongoing support and if you're considering joining a cohort, sign up for an interview and tell Jeremy sent you! Good luck on your search.
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    Diego • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    The cohort takes a very basic approach to cybersecurity. There's a lot of information covered from a very high level and it does give you a good picture and understanding for different aspects of cybersecurity. There are different areas that felt kind of forced and maybe should have been given more time and attention than other. The academy did provide a great learning environment with the AI's, instructors and what I found most helpful, other classmates. Honestly, I think if ESA can just touch up some of the curriculum focus a bit more and add a bit more to job support, it'd be a top notch place. Overall I am happy I took the bootcamp. It helps lay out a roadmap and expose you to a lot of information so you can make informed choices on a path within cyber.
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    Andrew Towery • Cybersecurity Analyst I • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    The instructors and content for this boot-camp are excellent. It provides you with hands on cybersecurity experience that would be hard to get on your own or with any other boot-camp. The curriculum flows nicely and starts you out with basic security concepts but over the course of the boot-camp you get into high level security concepts/methods. The instructors did an amazing job at making sure that everyone understood the material and the labs before moving onto the next portion. The instructors that they have teaching this boot-camp are highly knowledgeable /skilled and were able to answer all my questions. This boot-camp offers both blue team and red team content which separates it from other boot-camps for Cybersecurity. The fact that it offers both blue/red team training and experience makes for more well rounded professionals when completing the course. You also get career coaching that aids in helping you find a position in the field. I want to make it clear that it is career coaching and not job placement, which means they will help you get your resume ready and give you tips/suggestion/methods for securing a job but it is not a job placement program. I would recommend this boot-camp to anyone looking to start or further their career in cybersecurity. 

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