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Level Effect

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Founded by former National Security Agency (NSA) analysts, Level Effect is a cybersecurity education and training provider offering a 14-week, live Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA) Bootcamp. Students engage in hands-on, immersive learning that helps them master the skills needed to defend and protect an organization’s network. Students begin the course with a rudimentary understanding of cybersecurity and finish with the skills and knowledge they need to start a career ...

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  • Sep 26, 2022
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    Bootcamp by definition

    "Course" is a cute title which doesn't acknowledge or measure the real life work experience gained from this experience. 

    The CDA bootcamp delivered by expert, friendly instructors really tests and pushes you through the vast and fluid landscape of cyber security, starting with the fundamentals of the internet and risk management and using them as the north star while navigating more complex technical and analytical topics.

    The best part for me was the team challenges, hunt...
  • Mar 23, 2022
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    I did all the research for you!

    You can without a doubt stop your search for the right cybersecurity bootcamp. Of course, you should always do your due diligence when investing a significant amount of money in your future, but I'm here voluntarily telling you to look no further. 

    For me, Level Effect hit all the right notes: a small class size taught by industry experts; an accessible platform to complete the many hours of live instruction, labs, and coursework; TAs who work in the industry and aren'...

    Greg Ake of Level Effect

    Founder - Lead Instructor

    Mar 23, 2022

    Switching careers is no easy feat and it is apparent that your thoroughness and drive is the secret ingredient to success. We are excited about your new job and are grateful we were able to be a part of your journey. As always, reach out if you need anything. The end of the bootcamp is not the end of our support and interaction by any means! 

  • Mar 20, 2022
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    Don't over think it

    I attended Level Effect in late 2020. I had minimal previous IT experience, but I wanted to be in IT. I researched several boot camps for several years. All the other boot camps had mixed reviews, which made me leery. I stumbled upon Level Effect, and I did my initial call with Greg. The call went fantastic, it was honest, and you could tell Greg was genuinely devoted to the product he and the founders created. He did not try to sell me on a product, instead I felt like we were having an...

    Greg Ake of Level Effect

    Founder - Lead Instructor

    Mar 23, 2022

    First, thank you for the feedback and insight into your experience. While there are many open positions in this field, finding your way into one can be done through many paths and will require hard work and a tenacious attitude. You have all the ingredients to make this happen and we are here to support every step of the way. 

  • Sep 06, 2021
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    Practical Cyber Defense Analyst Bootcamp

    Level Effect is an intense program but the difference from any other cyber security Bootcamp is they teach you practical skills. This was my second cyber security Bootcamp and I can honestly say I learned 1000% more in this course then the last place I went. I am not bagging on the last place because they did set me up with some fundamentals, but Level Effect took its training to another level. They really drill down on a few select topics versus learning just a little but about everythi...
  • Dec 12, 2020
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    The BEST Cyber Security Bootcamp

    I have taken another book camp and me and my classmates came away feeling jaded. I then took a chance on Level Effect based upon a recommendation and it was the best decision I ever made.

    The founders have over a decade of experience and have served Intel in the military and Booz Allen Hamilton at the NSA. Greg and Rob are amazing instructors and really want every student to succeed. The value of the course is beyond simple the material. Like Kung-Fu masters teaching t...
  • Nov 06, 2020
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    Cyber Defense Analyst

    The construct of this course is absolutely unmatched. I have not come across any other curriculum that demystifies the growing number of cyber roles and titles, and how they unite in a security operation environment. Greg and Rob's real world experience is built into each course subject and provides a unique perspective on analysis. A majority of the presentation and supplemental material is reserved for self study so that each student gets as much hands-on lab time as possible during ea...
  • Oct 06, 2020
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    Second review, past student.

    As a 2x college drop out who has already spent at least $8,000 on education prior to taking this course. I can now say I have finished the level effect course There are some bumps on the road as it is a start up company. There were there fair share of bugs with their foundry platform, that they made sure was always fixed as soon as being brought up to them. And if you felt they had not gone over the content you had wanted enough for your educational experience, if you voiced this concern...
  • Sep 18, 2020
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    Cyber Defense Analyst Bootcamp

    Level Effect’s Cyber Defense Analyst virtual bootcamp provides an excellent well-rounded course that begins with a high-level overview on Cyber Security essentials and finishes with threat hunting and reverse engineering malware. Each iteration of material intertwines with past and future lessons that provided us with a more complete picture on what to look for and how it is affecting our networks.  The pilot class did have some growing pains, but Greg Ake and Robert Noeth al...
  • Jul 31, 2020
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    A Truly Practical Bootcamp

    I am currently enrolled in the CDA course and am about 6 weeks into the three month program; I can already see a huge difference in my knowledge base. The course is about a 30/70 split between online video content and labs (including labs with instructors) which is a refreshing change of pace for online learning. Be ready to engage!

    Both Greg and Rob are knowledgable, personable, and always available to answer any relevant questions. Believe me, you will have questions.

    The...
  • Sep 07, 2022
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    Good times

    Level Effect isn't like any other boot camp you will find out there! This course has a primary focus on giving you real world hands-on experience. You will not only learn the basics of cybersecurity, but you will also be trained, and ready to take on your first entry-level position as a SOC analyst. You will be given different challenges every week that will push your limits, and help you grow in your knowledge, more than any other school could offer in 3 months. I had so much fun in my ...

    Rachel Bishop of Level Effect

    Marketing Lead

    Sep 18, 2022

    We really appreciate your kind words, Ismar! You were an absolute joy to have with us in class and an asset to our Sprint 2022 Cohort. Congratulations on your GOLD CDCP certification, too!
  • Jan 21, 2022
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    Cyber Defense Analyst Bootcamp

    I finished this course Dec 2021 and enjoyed my experience overall. This is my second cybersecurity bootcamp and every bootcamp curriculum is different.  This course focuses more on defensive best practices and triage within Windows environments. It's very well structured by introducing core fundamentals via live and video lectures, however the lab material is document based and a little underdeveloped compared to other educational platform options that are out there. The instructors are ...
  • May 22, 2021
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    Awesome Cyber Bootcamp

    I am a graduate of Level Effect's CDA course. It is a 3 month intensive program that focuses on training entry-level people as a SOC Analyst 1. This course will expose you to real-world challenges  ranging from threat intelligence, system triage, network analysis, and malware analysis.  They teach you how to triage a system, write a report, and remediate the infected machine. You will have a lot of hands-on practice with known industry tools (e.g. Sysinternals Suite), report writing and ...

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