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About Evolve Security Academy

Location: Online, Chicago

Evolve Security Academy offers holistic cybersecurity education as well as advanced tracks on specific areas within cybersecurity. Courses are held in Chicago, IL and live-online. The Cybersecurity Bootcamp provides hands-on and immersive training, giving... Read More

The holistic Cybersecurity Bootcamp is 20 weeks and part-time and the options include: IN-PERSON (Chicago) Bootcamp or REMOTE (live-online) Bootcamp.

The OSCP Bootcamp is 18 weeks, part-time and live-online, focused on advanced offensive security, penetration testing and OSCP exam prep training.

Courses

Cybersecurity Bootcamp: IN-PERSON (Chicago)

Cost: $14,500
Duration: 20 weeks
Locations: Chicago
In-person Only
Course Description:

In-person, immersive and hands-on training delivered part-time 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 alumni in an intimate classroom setting.

Curriculum: The curriculum includes modules on the following topics: Introduction to Cybersecurity, Networking, Security Program, OSINT & Social Engineering, Threat Landscape, Scripting for Security, SecOps Architecture, SecOps Threat Modeling, Cryptography, AppSec & Offensive Security, Threat Hunting & Incident Response, Security Apprenticeship, and Job Preparation. An overview can be found on our website.

Outcomes: 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 digital badge (290 CPE credits) upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam.
- Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certification and digital badge 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.

Subjects:
Linux, Command Line, Python, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Penetration Testing, Cryptography, Network Security

Cybersecurity Bootcamp: REMOTE (Live-Online)

Cost: $12,500
Duration: 20 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Curriculum: The curriculum includes modules on the following topics: Introduction to Cybersecurity, Networking, Security Program, OSINT & Social Engineering, Threat Landscape, Scripting for Security, SecOps Architecture, SecOps Threat Modeling, Cryptography, AppSec & Offensive Security, Threat Hunting & Incident Response, Security Apprenticeship, and Job Preparation. An overview can be found on our website.

Outcomes: 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 digital badge (290 CPE credits) upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam.
- Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) certification and digital badge 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.

Subjects:
Linux, Command Line, Python, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Penetration Testing, Cryptography, Network Security

OSCP Bootcamp (Live-Online)

Cost: $7,250
Duration: 18 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

This bootcamp is an immersive and hands-on training delivered remotely through live instruction, recorded lectures, lab tutorials, and virtual labs. Students will gain the knowledge to deliver a full penetration assessment at the network and application layer, from scoping, threat modeling, and discovery to vulnerability scanning. Students will work through the dozens of custom lab environments, inspired by real world situations encountered by Evolve Security penetration testers. Students will also receive Offensive Security’s PWK course with 60 days of lab access and a voucher for the OSCP certification. This training is designed for anyone who wants to advance their penetration testing skills and prepare for the OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) certifying exam.

Topics Covered:
- Penetration Testing Methodology (PTES)
- Bash and Powershell scripting
- Powershell Empire
- Port tunneling and proxy chains
- Target enumeration, vulnerability discovery and exploitation.
- Buffer Overflow
- Active Directory enumeration and attacks
- Authentication by-pass attacks
- Windows and Linux Privilege Escalation
- Custom Exploitation

Outcome: Upon successful completion of the bootcamp, graduates will be able to:
- Analyze corporate networks, web applications, and production systems to identify and exploit vulnerabilities.
- Construct threat models to investigate persistent and emerging cybersecurity threats.
- Understand the tools and technologies required to deliver a full penetration test of a network and application.
- Report the results of a penetration test and remediation to decision-makers.
- Gain the required knowledge and skills for the OSCP certification exam. In addition, graduates receive:
- Penetration Testing Certificate of Completion and digital badge upon successfully completing the course requirements and final exam.
- Voucher to take OSCP certifying exam.

Subjects:
Linux, Windows Server, TCP/IP, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Penetration Testing

Evolve Security Academy Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.84/5 (148 reviews)

James
Developer / Security Associate | Graduated: 2016

2/8/2017

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Cyber Security

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"Evolve Security Academy Kickstarted my Career in Cyber Security!"

I attended Evolve Security Academy's part time program in the Summer/Fall of 2016.

Pre Work:
Students are required to complete a month of pre-work which includes developing a working knowledge of programming, networking, and threat intelligence. For this... Read More

Fellow Students:
One of the best attributes of any good bootcamp is the diverse backgrounds from which Students come from, and Evolve is no different. As Evolve promotes teamwork and cooperation in many of their assignments, I welcomed the insights provided by my fellow students with backgrounds in Windows, Mac and Networking.

Instructors:
The instructors were fantastic. Evolve brought in many prominent professionals in security industry in order to compliment the curriculum.

Curriculum:
Entering the academy as a developer, I already had a proficiency in different programming languages and familiarity with the command line/linux. However, Evolve's greatest strength is its comprehensive curriculum, which covers topics such as Physical Security, Networking, Social Engineering, Cryptography, and Penetration Testing. As a developer, I had a relatively weak background in Networking but was able to walk away with an exceptional understanding of the TCP/IP transport protocol. Because of this, I am now able to not only spin up virtual machines for development and pen testing, but also create virtual networks within which these machines can operate. In addition, Physical Security and Social Engineering were threat vectors that I rarely considered until I attended Evolve. It's this complete approach to Security that makes Evolve's curriculum so effective. Not all students are interested in pen testing. While some of the graduates went on to work in application testing, others decided to pursue work in network security, systems administration, or corporate policy. It's a myth that working in the security industry means you're just hacking systems. There are so many different roles within the security industry and Evolve's curriculum ensures that you walk away with an exposure to all of them.

Life Balance
Evolve's part time cohort ran Monday through Thursday from 6pm to 9pm and an additional class from 10am to 3pm every other Saturday. Most of the students were also employed full time, and Evolve went out of its way to ensure that the work load was appropriate given students' other commitments.

Scholarships:
In addition to being able to continue working full time, I was also able to receive a scholarship from Evolve in order to help finance tuition costs.

Venue:
As a bonus, Evolve is based out of 1871 in Chicago. 1871 is an amazing workspace that hosts countless events and provides a great environment in which to work and meet people.

Andrew
Assistant IT Systems Administrator |

1/25/2017

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Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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"Evolve Your Career!"

Going through the Evolve bootcamp gave me a lot of the skills I needed to be competitive on the job market. Thanks to Evolve (and of course a lot of hard work on my end) I was able to find my first technical role as an Assistant IT Systems Administrator... Read More

The theory behind Evolve's teaching methods is different than most. The instructors give you a problem and leave it up to you to find the solution rather than handing you all the answers. Critical thinking and collaboration between peers were highly encouraged.

The course is intense and very fast-paced, but incredibly rewarding once you are finished.

I highly recommend this bootcamp to anyone thinking about a career in cybersecurity!

Anonymous
Graduated: 2016

1/16/2017

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Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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"Best Decision Ever"

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... Read More

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.

Spring 2016 Alumni
Network Security Engineer | Graduated: 2016

9/30/2016

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Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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"Really Evolved My Career in just 12 weeks!"

“I came to Evolve because I wanted to pursue another field within the IT industry. From the initial interest session with Evolve Academy leadership staff to a real-world immersion experience combined with adjunct in-classroom instruction from industry... Read More

#Down-to-Earth Holistic Approach to student's training
#Personable but Professional Environment
#Hands On Technology, Tools, & Equipment
#FREE Pizza & Beer for the GROWN & TECHY at Evolve Academy sponsored SME learning and networking sessions!

Edward Villarreal

9/30/2016

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Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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"Evolve Security Academy helped me begin my career as a Cyber Security professional"

The circumstances in which I joined Evolve was a sign of good things to come.

I studied Cyber Security as a minor in college, once i graduated I began to pursue positions within the field. Thing was I never held an IT position and lacked real world experience... Read More

As for the curriculum itself -- it encompasses computer security on a deep level from the physical layer to the application layer. It provides real world exercises and scenarios for each module that prove to be valuable skills in the industry. The network that Evolve has built is something amazing on its own. Almost every week an adjunct instructor or a guest speaker would come in and drop knowledge on the industry and about a certain aspect of the Cyber Security profession.

After graduation and with the help of Evolve I was able to land a career as a Security Analyst. After being hired the manager told me It was Evolve that stuck out on my resume. Great people, great course and a no better way to help kick off your career as a Cyber Security professional than with Evolve Security Academy!

Tolu Akinterinwa
Graduated: 2016

5/19/2016

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Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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"It pays to ‘evolve’ as a CyberSecurity PRO with Evolve Academy!"

I was just out Downtown Chicago with some IT professionals with experience in cyber security. Shocking it was to learn about the day to day breaches and the increase in the sophistication level of attackers despite technology improvements by security... Read More

I must state that this academy is exceptional in many ways. The course schedule was the first catch – very flexible. We had remote class work the first 4 weeks of the training. Tedious but was good exercise for people with little or no knowledge and wanting to get into the infosec space. For the in-person part of the training, we kick off at 6pm to 9pm Mondays through Thursdays and 9am to 3pm every other Saturday. I look forward to every class – Paul Petefish, our instructor starts off the class by getting us to discuss what’s in the news re data breach etc . Then we have our lecture; Paul knows his stuff. He dissects each curriculum in such a way that a novice is able to grab infosec concepts as quickly as possible. The Q&A during lectures is helpful. Our adjunct instructors are industry experts – imagine being in a classroom with such great talents! There is also the opportunity to attend seminars for free (e.g. THOTCON) - thanks to Evolve’s leadership team.

We get hands-on experience. Lab work is fun – we pen test, run vulnerability scans, harden systems, etc). We sometimes get to work in groups; this helps me a lot as I get to pick others’ brains (especially when we’re doing lab work) and ultimately expanding my cybersec knowledge. The team is a fantastic one – from diverse background, and with wealth of experience from various industries.

Chocolate, chips, peanut butter cookies etc keep the team going throughout the lecture. The class is never boring! It has been a rewarding experience so far…. More weeks to go. I recommend Evolve Security Academy to anyone looking to become a CyberSecurity pro in 13 weeks.

Ariel

5/11/2016

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Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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"So far this has been one of the best decisions I have made..."

To preface, this is not a mere coding bootcamp... It's way better.

Evolve is the FIRST and currently the ONLY information security bootcamp program offered. Participating in this yet unproven program was a big risk... but without risk there is no reward,... Read More

So far this 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.

Even if you don't have a technical background, you can be successful if you are passionate, curious and resourceful (ie. good at googling). 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. Class structure includes starting with a lecture and then hands-on lab work to really dig in and learn the material firsthand. 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. 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 program founders and instructors are passionate, intelligent and capable. They will listen to and value any comments, concerns or recommendations you have as a student, and advocate for you. Paul has spent many years in the field, is a great instructor and really knows his stuff. We have also had many talented guest speakers from all over the industry come to class and work directly with us, as well as countless opportunities to network and meet people currently working in the industry, including attending hacker conventions like THOTcon and BSides for free.

Matt Stelnicki
Graduated: 2016

5/9/2016

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Bootcamp PRO (in-person)

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"Half way through Evolve and the experience has been great."

Evolve has been a great experience. We are about halfway through the cyber security bootcamp and have already gotten hands on experience. Class usually begins with a lecture discussing our current module, and then follows up with an in-class lab which... Read More

The instructors at Evolve Security Academy have created a fantastic learning environment and team setting for this course. I am looking forward to progressing through the remainder of the course and to continue the learning experience with our team. Each day we learn new material building off the previous day. If at any time there is a section or concept that is unclear to a student, we work together as a team to explain the problem and ensure everyone has an understanding of the material.

Despite your background, if you are willing to put in the work and have the right attitude you will succeed.

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