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Evolve Security Academy

Chicago

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.
    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. 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
  • Vineet Bhatt • Graduate
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    I attended Evolve Security's in-person cybersecurity academy in the summer of 2019. This 16 week long course was instrumental in shaping my future career path, and teaching me the industry of cybersecurity. Prior to attending the academy, I had zero knowledge of the cyber world, and felt unsure if I was fit to participate in the academy. Yet the instructors helped quickly get me up-to-speed during the first few weeks, and were extremely helpful during the entirety of the course. From learning Python, using Splunk, to running vulnerability scans with Burp Suite, I was able to get a comprehensive understanding of relevant tools and how to use them. Perhaps my favorite part of the bootcamp was the hands-on, real-world experience gained by working alongside a local non-profit organization to perform a full security assessment. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in going into a career in InfoSec.
  • Apprentice
    - 12/24/2019
    Uzoma Osuagwu • Student
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    Evolve Security Academy is the place for you. The remote cohort at Evolve was a smooth transition into the cybersecurity space. The curriculum and labs are very comprehensive and touch on challenging areas that are in high demand in the industry. The instructor and assistant instructors have vast experience, and provide the right level of support and challenge to help you grow. You also get to work on real hands-on projects that give you a taste of what it's like providing client service as a cyber security professional. The remote bootcamp is structured to mimic in-person learning, and the environment at Evolve is very collaborative and team oriented. Evolve is also big on career preparation and networking, they work with you to achieve your career goals. Whether you are new to the game or you already have some IT experience, the course is designed to reach you at your level. Towards the end of the bootcamp, I realized that I could understand and discuss cyber security issues with ease. This is especially helpful with interviews as you go into the job market. I was able to secure a position in cyber security risk management. It was a rewarding experience and I would recommend this course for anyone interested in a career in cyber security.

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    I attended the remote cohort from Sept 2019 to Dec 2019.   It was phenominal.  Our instructors were all expereinced individuals in cyber security.  They brough real world expereince with them and peppered our labs and assignments with reality checks.   The curriculum moves quick, but they have such a high instructor to student ratio, you always had someone to help you if you get stuck.   With Evolve you really feel like youre with the best program.   Job placement support has been awesome as well.  

  • Ilie S • IT Security Analyst • Graduate
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    Want to get in cyber security career? Evolve Academy is the right place. Had and extensive training that covers most of cyber security industry topics. Trainers are experts in this domain so all my questions were answered at the highest leveI. Even if you don't understand something this guys will make sure you do. Highly recommend this place, specially PRO boot camp if you want to get more in-depth training. 
    Job hunting module that is part of curriculum was super helpful and landed me in a job just after graduation so I am enormously grateful for that to Evolve Cyber Security Academy. 
    Keep it up!

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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) !!!!

  • Viktor Glaes • Business Analyst • Graduate
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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.

  • Maria Christina Padilla • Cybersecurity Professional • Graduate
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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. 

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