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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
  • 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
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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.

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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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