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Evolve Security Academy

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Evolve Security Academy

Avg Rating:4.89 ( 64 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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  • IN-PERSON (Chicago) Bootcamp

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,500
    Class size16
    LocationChicago
    16-weeks of in-person, immersive and hands-on training 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 adjunct instructors in an intimate classroom setting. Curriculum Outline: - Intro to Cyber Security - Security Program - Networking - Scripting for Security - Security Operations Architecture - Security Operations Threat Modeling - Threat Intelligence - Cryptography - OSINT & Social Engineering - AppSec & Offensive Security - Threat Hunting & Incident Response - Job Search Preparation Outcome: 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 232 CPE credits upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam. - Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certification 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.
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    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Financing is available through SkillsFund.



    Tuition PlansOption 1: Pay full tuition upfront. A $250 discount will be applied to tuition Option 2: Pay half upfront / half at week 8
    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
  • 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 size20
    LocationChicago
    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 is 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. Topics Covered: - Approaches to Penetration Testing & Legality - Scoping & Rules of Engagement - Threat Modeling - The Methodology - Information Gathering / Discovery - Vulnerability Scanning, Analysis and Its Limitations - Phishing & Social Engineering - Web Application and API Testing / Exploitation - Windows and Linux Environment Testing / Exploitation - Password Cracking / Brute Force - Evasion Techniques - Post Exploitation, Pivoting and Persistence - Reporting and Remediation Outcome: Students will have the knowledge and skills to perform a penetration testing assessment on an organization and report the findings / vulnerabilities. Students are exposed to numerous types of practical vulnerable systems that are readily seen in the industry and will have the understanding of how to identify, exploit and remediate them. Each week, students work through various labs that will give you the concrete, hands-on work experience. Upon successful completion of the course material and final lab assessment report, you will receive the Evolve Security Certified Penetration Tester (ESCPT) certification and 50 CPE credits.
    Financing
    DepositFull payment due upon registration.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic Computer Science, Networking and Linux Command Line. This training is designed to be challenging, no matter what your technical background is.
    Prep WorkRecommended prep exercises can be found here: https://www.evolvesecurity.com/academy/live-online-penetration-testing-training
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • REMOTE Bootcamp (Live-Online)

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$10,500
    Class size35
    LocationChicago
    16-weeks of live-online, immersive and hands-on training delivered 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 adjunct instructors in an online group learning environment. Curriculum Outline: - Intro to Cyber Security - Security Program - Networking - Scripting for Security - Security Operations Architecture - Security Operations Threat Modeling - Threat Intelligence - Cryptography - OSINT & Social Engineering - AppSec & Offensive Security - Threat Hunting & Incident Response - Job Search Preparation Outcome: 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 232 CPE credits upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam. - Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certification 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 SkillsFund

    Tuition PlansOption 1: Pay full tuition upfront. A $250 discount will be applied to tuition Option 2: Pay half upfront / half at week 8
    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
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    Ryan Le • Software Developer • Verified via LinkedIn
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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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    Ben Burkhart • Security Consultant • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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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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    T. Wells • Jr. Forensic Analyst • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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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. 

  • Pro Bootcamp
    - 8/11/2020
    Alec Andringa • Graduate
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    This program was a great learning experience that emphasizes hands on learning and application of the skills/knowledge domains that are taught. This program is great for anyone looking to get into the security field, but is not sure where to start. The program does a great job teaching the security domains and different skills required for those areas. This includes security operations architecture, security programs, threat intelligence, offensive security, and more. This approach allows their students to gain real world applicable skills that jobs are looking for, while giving them the exposure needed to decide which area of security interests them the most. Evolve's Cyberlab provided an environment that made it really easy for students to access the technical tools needed to learn. Most importantly, their instructors are top-notch and are truly ambassadors of the security community. They truly want to help every student succeed and it clearly shows in their approach they bring to class every day.
  • Adam Vertuca • Graduate
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    If you are looking to get started in cybersecurity this is the program to do it. The coursework covers a huge variety of topics, everything from the basics to hands on exercises that you will see in the real world. All of the instructors are extremely knowledgeable and have real world experience that translates directly in to the course. The career prep section helps you translate your experience in to what employers are looking for. The workload is a good balance of not being overwhelming while also allowing you to dive deeper if you want and have the time. It was challenging at times, but you get out of it what you put in. Overall, I am happy with my decision to enroll in the Evolve Security Academy and would recommend it to anyone looking to get in to cybersecurity.
  • Excellent Learning
    - 7/28/2020
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    Evolve security acedemy is the best choice of cyber security to choose if you really want to know most of the secret behind cyber security . I really learn alot skills , help in job searching, excellent team work with  great people and conducive environment . Thank you 
     
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    I was pretty hesitant in switching my career and learning something completely different from what I went to university for, but even before the first lesson, my uncertainties left me. The staff, instructors, and lessons were more than phenomenal in guiding me through to learn something completely outside of my wheel-house. Albeit, it was a challenge, I was never left without resources to complete the lessons and course. I learned a lot of very useful skills and would not trade the time spent with awesome people learning new IT Security for anything else. 
  • Ian Schlesinger • Platform Specialist • Graduate
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    Attending this bootcamp was my first step into the infoSec world and I am not sure I could have chosen a better place to start. I did lots of research and eventually landed with Evolve Security Academy. 

    What you learn in this bootcamp is undeniably immense and exactly what hiring managers are looking for. If you already work in the tech industry then the skills will be applicable immediately as they have for me. 

    If you read reviews for other bootcamps you will often hear that it's either a hit or miss depending on the instructors, I can tell you that every instructor at Evolve will have you wishing that they could have all been your instructor. 

    The only fault with this course is that it eventually had an end. Ha. I actually loved it so much that I became an instructional assistant for this very bootcamp. This is one family that you want to join and never leave!
  • Brandon • IT Security Analyst • Graduate
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    Evolve Security Academy is worth every penny.  I needed a career change and had some familiarity with computers but nowhere close to the level required for even an entry level IT job.  Andrew saw the passion I had and I started Evolve Security Academy online a short time after.  The remote bootcamp felt just like I was in a class.  We had the opportunity to work in large groups, small groups, and one on one with instructors if we needed the extra help.  We weren't just watching videos or listening to lectures, it was hands on learning the tools needed to succeed in the industry.  Evolve Security Academy goes beyond that because starting a career in any industry takes more than knowing the tools.  Evolve Security Academy helped us with resume building, crafting our LinkedIn page, and networking with others already in the industry.  I can't say enough good things about Evolve, from the leadership, instructors, assistants, and even other alum.  My current and future success is because of Evolve.  If you are thinking of a career change to information security, I highly recommend it because there are endless opportunities.  If you are looking for a great school with great leadership, instructors, and support (during and after the bootcamp), Evolve Security Academy is the best choice.
  • Alumni
    - 5/8/2020
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    I took this bootcamp back in spring 2018. It was amazing. There was so much material to learn. I don't think anyone could learn all this material all on their own. The instructors were top notch and to this day I keep in touch with them. I don't regret ever doing this bootcamp. 
  • Artee Arenas • Sr. Systems Engineer • Graduate
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    I graduated as part of Evolve Security Academy's Winter 2019 In-Person cohort. I've never attended a Cybersecurity bootcamp but I have been doing IT for 10+ years. It was a pleasure learning and working with the other students, and although my background gave me a big advantage the environment never felt competitive or cut-throat. We were all there to learn and explore the field of cybersec/infosec. Meeting other individuals from different backgrounds and industries was also very refreshing. It was also the first time I used the GI Bill to cover tuition and the administrative staff was very helpful every step of the way.

    The instructors were wonderful. They are industry professionals doing active cybersecurity work in the daytime and come to teach in the evenings. I thought it was great having an actual team of instructors teaching throughout the entirety of the bootcamp rather than just having a single instrcutor the entire time. They each shared their unique backgrounds, methods, and experiences that brought great insight to the diversity of the field.

    Now I realize that there are other methods to learning about Cybersecurity aside from attending a bootcamp. I chose to enroll in the in-person cohort becuase I felt a sense of commitment after having gone through the enrollment process with ESA and the VA for tuition. I did it for the dedicated learning environment and the in-person professional networking which I thought was a great value.

    Now being in the field of IT, things can change and develop rapidly. With that in mind I think the curriculum was curated as an introduction to scratch the surface of the many specialties in the field. We covered topics from Scripting, Networking, PenTesting, and Cryptography amongst others. The labs we completed simulated real world situations. It was a lot to take in and can be very daunting to someone with no technology background but the instructors did their very best to ensure the students understood the subject matter. You can't teach everything in 16 weeks, but I think they did a wonderful job teaching us the fundamental methodologies to become a successful cybersecurity professional. 

    Although I was not seeking employment during my time, I believe the time spent on career preparation really brought great value. I really wish I had something like that prior to entering the field. The instructors and career prep coach each brought their personal insight to to the job seeking process. Evolve also organizes frequent webinars and in-person meetups. These sorts of events are a great way to introduce and welcome outside individuals to the local cybersec community and offer the opportunity to network with other industry professionals.

    If anyone is looking to explore and dive into the field of cybersecurity, I would gladly recommend Evolve. It was an phenomenal 16 weeks and your relationship with ESA stays with you. The experience really is career changing.

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