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Evolve Security Academy

Courses: Cybersecurity Bootcamp: IN-PERSON (Chicago), Cybersecurity Bootcamp: REMOTE (Live-Online), Penetration Testing Advanced Track (live-online)

Locations

Online, Chicago

About Evolve Security Academy

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 advanced tracks are 5 weeks, part-time and live-online. The Advanced Tracks options include Penetration Testing and Application Security.

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Courses

Cybersecurity Bootcamp: IN-PERSON (Chicago)

  • Cost: $14,500
  • Duration: 20 weeks
Locations: Chicago
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

Penetration Testing Advanced Track (live-online)

  • Cost: $3,200
  • Duration: 5 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

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.

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

Evolve Security Academy Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.86/5

(111 reviews)
    7/28/2020
  • Harrison Yates | Data Center Technician
  • Bootcamp REMOTE (live-online)
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Wide Ranging Curriculum In a Short Time Span"

The Evolve Cyber Bootcamp was a great experience for me. A wide range of topics is covered throughout the course by instructors who have spent years in the field. My particular instructor had been a part of the U.S. Air Force and gone on to later work... Read More

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, Harrison! We take a lot of pride in teaching the tools and methodologies that our consultants use professionally in the field to give our students the most relevant and practical skills available.... Read More

    7/28/2020
  • Anonymous | Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Bootcamp REMOTE (live-online)
  • Graduated: 2019

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"I could not recommend Evolve enough!! I am so thankful for the knowledge, experience, and lifelong connections I gained from my class!"

I could not recommend Evolve enough!! I am so thankful for the knowledge, experience, and lifelong connections I gained from my class!

I did not come from a technical background and I finished the bootcamp with skills and knowledge I could have never dreamed... Read More

I really appreciated the career services portion and the career coach was very knowledgeable! A lot of what I learned was common sense and made the process much less scary. Many of my classmates were getting jobs even before we finished the bootcamp! I waited to focus on my search job until after graduation. It definitely took self-discipline and some help from the coach overcoming my imposter syndrome but was able to find my first job analyst job!

I am so thankful for Evolve's incredible instructors and staff!! I highly recommend!!

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! Our program is definitely fast-paced, but it's wonderful to hear that the instructor support you received kept you on track and helped you succeed in the bootcamp. Imposter syndrome is a huge problem in the... Read More

    7/23/2020
  • Brysen Jacobsen
  • Bootcamp REMOTE (live-online)
  • Graduated: 2020

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"If I could leave 0 stars I would."

I went to this boot camp from January to April.

This course starts out good, teaches you some basic tools and tricks that will be helpful in the cyber field. But, it quickly devolves into "hacky" stuff. One of the executives, Fai, told me in a personal... Read More

I passed their final and I could not actually do many things that most entry level jobs require until I got further education on my own. The whole corporation is built to make more money and they don't really care about the information that they are teaching. Do not go to this school, there are tons of better schools out there for less and that will be worth your time.

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thank you for sharing your feedback, Brysen. We’re sorry that you were disappointed with your bootcamp experience. We take a lot of pride in our ability to provide students with the practical and relevant cybersecurity skills that are actually needed... Read More

We are constantly improving the student experience and are excited to launch our new simulated enterprise environment, CyberRANGE. This environment emulates the production environments and vulnerabilities our Evolve penetration testers see in the field, which will help students become even more prepared to transition into the professional field of cybersecurity.

We agree with you that the job search is a challenging part of the process in a new industry, which can be extremely frustrating. We continue to encourage you to take advantage of our job search support and career coaching to create a job search plan that includes professional networking, often a key component to landing a new job in the field. Stay positive, put in the tough work, and we are confident that you will find success soon!

    7/19/2020
  • Anonymous
  • IN-PERSON Bootcamp (Chicago)
  • Graduated: 2019

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"A rigorous yet rewarding experience"

Attending Evolve Security Academy opened doors, allowing me to change career paths. I went from an individual with zero technical knowledge to landing an entry-level cybersecurity position.

The course work covers a wide variety of relevant cybersecurity... Read More

Overall, Evolve provided me the needed base of knowledge to jumpstart my cybersecurity career.

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thanks for sharing your bootcamp experience with us! Our curriculum is structured to provide students with the practical skills they need to start working professionally in the field; we're so excited to hear that you were able to land your first cybersecurity... Read More

    7/16/2020
  • Yingqi Shi | Student, Researcher in Mathematics
  • IN-PERSON Bootcamp (Chicago)
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Best Learning Experience Ever!!"

Evolve Security Academy is definitely one of the best learning experiences I've had in my life. Within 12 weeks, I've had the opportunity to learn from world-class hackers, security professionals and worked in business projects with a team of talented... Read More

Instructors: Make sure to learn from Ramandeep Singh on the technical side and Faisal Abdullah on the framework side. Fai has years of experience in the field and he's the one that helped me establish an extremely comprehensive framework. Like Mathematics, the field of Cyber Security is vast and it is very crucial that one develops the correct methodology to organise all the technical skills and information gathered. Fai will teach you exactly how to think strategically about this field and about security consulting in general. Ramandeep, one of my all-time favourite instructor, is a very experienced white hat whose speciality lies in actual Forensic Sciences. He came from a very wild background (discover for yourself :) ) and I'm sure if you are more into penTesting he's the guy to go to.

Curriculum: Definitely well-structured. But again the course I took served more like a honor version of Cyber Security 101 (equivalent to freshmen/sophomore experience in Cyber Sec Major). If you really want to get involved, you should definitely talk to Fai or Ram about different resources tailored towards your own interest. When I took the course, I moved to PenTesting really quickly. I asked Ram about all different kinds of questions including things like where to study, what to study and how to study. I ended up learning from Evolve during the day and doing Pentesting Labs at night from credible sources like Pentester Academy or HackTheBox. I think by the time I finish the cohort I was more than ready to just go ahead and start the Kali Professional Course.

Work Experience: The module I took involved consulting work with a non-profit organisation. In my opinion this is definitely one of the most useful and practical part of the course since it prepares you for the real industrial experience. I actually gained a lot of communication skills from it. I ended up being one part of the team presenting to our client and the feedback was very positive.

Social: I moved to Chicago for the course during my summer break, and Ram was very kind to invite me to dinner and chat with me about all sort of things. Some of the conversations we've had not only shaped my ideas about Cyber Security, but also changed how I think in general about problem-solving.

Overall: I felt very confident about landing a career in cyber security when I left the cohort. Unfortunately after I went back to school I was more involved with the development of Data Science Algorithms, Quantitative Finance and Pure Math Research. But I'm pretty sure that had I kept on and gaining more experience in the field, I will probably make the most out of my experience. (one of my peer immediately got a job as a penetration tester at the end of the cohort. I think that speaks for it).

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thank you so much for this detailed and thoughtful review, Yingqi! We can't tell you how helpful it is for prospective students to hear about the bootcamp experience from our alums. We absolutely agree that the more our students dig into the material... Read More

    5/18/2020
  • John Wheeler
  • IN-PERSON Bootcamp (Chicago)
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Life Changing Experience"

Evolve provided me with the skills and training that I need to switch careers to the I.T field. After the training at Evolve I was able to get a paid internship as a security analyst before the program was over. I now have a strong foundation to be able... Read More

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thanks for the review, John! We are so happy to hear that the bootcamp was successful in helping you make a big career change. Please keep in touch and don't hesitate to reach out if we can be a resource as you continue to advance your cybersecurity career!... Read More

    5/18/2020
  • Anonymous | Engineering Manager, Security Development
  • Bootcamp REMOTE (live-online)
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Evolve Security Academy"

As a security professional I have been searching for the right place to extend my training and I found that with Evolve Security. I knew there were lots of resources out there, however I wanted a more structured approach to leveling up my security knowledge... Read More

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thank you so much for this detailed review! We couldn't agree with you more. There are an overwhelming amount of resources out there to get started in the field of cybersecurity. We have found that a holistic hands-on education with instructors that are... Read More

    5/17/2020
  • Isaac Amboson
  • Bootcamp REMOTE (live-online)
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Best Tuition I Ever Paid!"

Evolve Security Cybersecurity Bootcamp Remote is absolutely one of the best investments I ever made in my career. The best part for me was the exposure to the various cybersecurity tools I never would have been exposed to if I hadn't joined the program.... Read More

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Official Response from Evolve Security Academy

Thank you for the great review, Isaac! We have gotten similar feedback from students that have pursued a bachelor's or associate's program in an IT related field. There are often very few courses that let students work in a hands-on capacity, and a lot... Read More

    5/16/2020
  • Josh Ma | Information Security
  • IN-PERSON Bootcamp (Chicago)
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Awesome Learning Experience!"

I couldn’t think of a better place to start my new cybersecurity career than at Evolve Security Academy! I loved the bootcamp and learning alongside my 13 cohort mates. I’m impressed at how much the instructors have fit into their curriculum and supplemented... Read More

The instructors are great, and more importantly, they are also working professionals during the day (classes are at night) so all of their instruction is rooted in practice. Their passion for Cybersecurity is infectious - it’s clear they all love what they do. Outside of instruction, I found their admin/admissions team to be amazing. As one of their first GI Bill applicants, they patiently helped me navigate a complicated process to apply my education benefits.

Note for Vets: My bootcamp was in the summer of 2019. At the time, I was receiving only partial BAH because the course was designated as part-time by the Illinois VA Dept. If you intend to use the GI Bill, check with Evolve’s Admissions team if that has changed, or understand that you may also receive partial BAH.

My main criticism is that I wish the curriculum spent more time on defensive (blue team) learning than on offensive (red team). Security is so nuanced and specialized that it would be impossible to cover both in depth in just a single bootcamp. It’s a lot to ask for, I admit. But, you’ll find that more jobs align with security operations, incident response, and risk management than with penetration testing, so it makes more sense to tailor the bootcamp curriculum to the industry’s overall demands. Evolve's Advanced Pen Testing course, which I’ve taken and loved, is the better venue to dive deep into red teaming.

The job assistance also started later than I preferred. We touched on the job search, prep, and interview process a bit during the bootcamp, but those didn’t really kick off until after graduation.

Overall, I rate Evolve Security Academy a solid 9/10. I loved the experience and the people, and if I could do it all over, I wouldn’t hesitate to start there again. Good luck!

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    5/14/2020
  • Gido Park
  • Bootcamp REMOTE (live-online)
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Evolve Security has been a life changing investment in how I can apply the lessons not only in my career but in my personal life as well."

I was pretty hesitant in switching my career and learning something completely different from what I went to university for, but even before the first lesson, my uncertainties left me. The staff, instructors, and lessons were more than phenomenal in guiding... Read More

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Evolve Security Academy's average rating is 4.86 out of 5.0 based on 111 review(s).

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