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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
  • Game Changer
    - 9/16/2019
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    My experience at Evolve Academy far exceeded my expectations. I applied to the program looking to upgrade my technical knowledge and embark on a new career in cybersecurity. I received everything that I was looking for and so much more than that. From my first interactions with the team and during my entire journey at Evolve, I've been deeply impressed by the personable attitude to me, which has led to tailored and customized educational program suited specifically to my background and goals. No other school has been able to provide this level of flexibility. The material and curriculum are cutting edge, and while I appreciated this during the course of study, I have been even more amazed of how relevant the covered material is now when I am out in the field, putting these concepts to work. I literally feel as though I have been in a prep program sponsored by my current employer. Not to mention that I am very happy with the contacts and acquaintances I've been able to make. Besides everything else, Evolve is a great place to network and I hope to continue to reap the rewards of my experience here in the future.

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    I elected to attend the boot camp as an experienced IT professional.  My career consisted of application development, web development, networking and infrastructure management.  I recently made the full time switch from Infrastructure into IT Security.   My goal for attending the boot camp was to get the "hands on keyboard" experience back into my daily routine, something that was lacking in my recent experience as a manager.  The boot camp did not disappoint and delivered on so many levels.  At times it can feel like you're drowning in material but you have the support of the instructors and your fellow cohort students to help get you thru.  As the name implies the material is constantly "Evolving", changing to fit into whats relevant in the industry.  On top of the mountain of tools that you're provided throughout the program, there is something just as valuable that you walk away with......friends for life.  Having run thru the gauntlet of a boot camp with your fellow students there is a bond that develops that is almost impossible to break.  If you're looking for a challenging environment that will push your technical skills to the edge, looking to make life long friends and finding contacts in the cyber security realm to help jump start your career.  Evolve is an excellent choice.  It does live up to the "boot camp" name but if you're dedicated and put in the time, its a very rewarding experience.  I would do it all over again if given the chance.  

    Take a leap into the dark to find what you are looking for.

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    Evolve is a great company. Every one I met is on point- very responsive and genuinely interested in your success.

    I had a bit of a technical background going into the course, but I wasn't very familiar with security. The course gives you a controlled environment to learn about security with the support and supervision of industry professionals. Throughout the course I was able to build a solid set of security skills, develop a better understanding of security and how security may impact business, and establish a professional network of like-minded security professionals. 

    Like many security courses your success is ultimately your own responsibility. The course covers a lot of material and without putting in some extra hours you will still get a lot from the course, but I recommend buckling down for about 17-19 weeks to really optimize your results. 

  • Best Decision Ever
    - 12/6/2016
    Anonymous • Security Analyst • Graduate
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    Evolve has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you are at all interested in information/cyber security, I absolutely recommend Evolve Security Academy. 

    Evolve gave me the knowledge and opportunity to make a total career change. I started with zero formal technology training, but Evolve academy has given me the tools to succeed in this extremely awesome, interesting, explosively growing field. 

    The bootcamp course is intense and challenging but not overwhelming. The part-time program is 12 weeks in-person (4 weeks remote). Despite working full time and having class up to five days a week, I am never tired or dreading class, in fact I look forward to it.
    Classes are held in 1871, which is fun and offers many amenities. The people in my very small cohort all come from vastly different backgrounds and we have become a very close, supportive group.

    The curriculum includes everything from policy, encryption, network architecture, social engineering, computer forensics and a lot more. Whether setting up and hardening your own Linux server in Asia, or creating a comprehensive security policy for a local startup, or penetration testing the network of an actual company-- the class will provide you with actual, real-world experience, not just theoretical knowledge. We had many talented guest speakers from all over the industry come to class and work directly with us. Class structure includes starting with a lecture and then hands-on lab work to really dig in and learn the material firsthand, as well as an apprenticeship program doing security work with real companies. 

    The program founders and instructors are passionate, intelligent and supportive. They will listen to and value any comments, concerns or recommendations you have as a student, and advocate for you. Whether in class, or months later when I was up late working on a project, the Evolve team has been supportive.  

    After and during the program, Evolve provides countless opportunities to network and meet people currently working in the industry. Evolve will actively support and guide you through the stressful job hunting process. I found a job just 2 months after beginning to actively look; a Security Analyst position as a fortune 100 company that pays a lot more than my previous job, which was only possible thanks to Evolve.

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