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Info Session: Overall Experience

Hear more about the Evolve Experience from co-founder, Andrew Hamilton, in this informational webinar.

Video reflects pricing for 2017. We recently updated our pricing for 2018.

Info Session: BOOTCAMP REMOTE

Bootcamp REMOTE delivers the same hands-on holistic curriculum delivered in-person through the Bootcamp PRO program.

Info Session: Practical Penetration Testing

This training is 5-weeks of immersive and hands-on training, delivered remotely through live instruction, recorded lectures and lab tutorials.

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1. When is the next start date?

Bootcamp PRO /10 *

09/10/2018 through 01/19/2019
In-Person at 1871 in Chicago
Accepting Applications
*Classes do not meet December 24th through January 1st

Bootcamp PRO/11

02/11/2019 -06/08/2019
In-Person at 1871 in Chicago
Accepting Applications

Bootcamp PRO/12

05/28/2019 - 09/21/2019
In-Person at 1871 in Chicago
Accepting Applications

Bootcamp REMOTE /03

08/27/2018 through 12/06/2018
Live Online
Accepting Applications

Bootcamp REMOTE/04

01/14/2019 - 04/27/2019
Live Online
Accepting Applications

Bootcamp REMOTE/05

05/13/2019 - 08/24/2019
Live Online
Accepting Applications

2. How much does each bootcamp cost?

Bootcamp PRO tuition is $11,000. Bootcamp REMOTE tuition is $7,500. Calculate your financing through Skills Fund.

3. How is tuition paid?

Option 1: Pay full tuition upfront

A $500 discount will be applied to tuition if paid in full on or before the program start date.

Option 2: Pay half upfront / half later

PRO: A $1,000 non-refundable deposit must be made within 7 days of the date of acceptance letter in order to secure your spot in the cohort. The first tuition installment of $5,000 will be due before the program start date. Second tuition installment of $5,000 will be due halfway through the program, or before week 9.

REMOTE:  A $1,000 non-refundable deposit must be made within 7 days of the date of acceptance letter in order to secure your spot in the cohort. The first tuition installment of $3,250 will be due before the program start date. Second tuition installment of $3,250 will be due halfway through the program, or before week 7.

Option 3: Financing

We have partnered with third party lender Skills Fund to provide affordable personal loans. Skills Fund provides financing for Bootcamp PRO and REMOTE. Visit their website for details on how to apply and to calculate your financing with Skills Fund.

4. Are scholarships available?

Yes.

Evolve Security Academy is passionate about filling each cohort with top talent including diverse educational, occupational, and socio-economical backgrounds. Partial scholarships ($250-1500) are available. They are merit based and awarded upon acceptance into the Academy and include the following: General Scholarships, Veteran Scholarships, Women Scholarships, Minority Scholarships

Prospective students can apply for a scholarship by including a personal essay when submitting the Bootcamp full application.

5. What do I get when I graduate?

Upon successful completion of the Academy, you will have demonstrated the ability to not only understand the theory behind information security, but also how to apply it in real world situations. 

In addition PRO graduates receive:

  • Designation of Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) after passing certification exam
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification voucher
  • A network of cyber security professionals and experts from many different organizations and backgrounds
  • Real world project experience as a Security Apprentice you can share with potential employers
  • Preparation for other information security certifications if you choose to pursue them
  • Job placement services and a commitment to placing you into a cyber security related job

In addition REMOTE graduates receive:

  • Designation of Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) after passing certification exam
  • Real world project experience as a Security Apprentice you can share with potential employers
  • Preparation for CompTIA Security+ Certification and others if you choose to pursue them
  • Preparation for securing a cyber security related job

6. How is the hiring rate determined?

Through Statistics:

Statistics include Bootcamp PRO graduates that have been offered a full-time or a contract-to-hire security job within 6 months of becoming an Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) and became Employment Seeking. Graduates that have not been offered a security position are included in the statistics 6 months after having received a certificate of completion.

Graduates who are included in our success and hiring metrics meet all of the following criteria:

  • Graduate is Employment Seeking and looking for hiring opportunities in information security.
  • Graduates that go on an extended leave of absence during the 6 month window are not included (but we pick up working with the graduate as soon as they come back).
  • Graduate followed and complied with Evolve's Outcomes Program, which includes taking ownership of their job search, continuous activity on job boards, weekly tracking of job placement process, attending networking events, and continuous education.
  • Graduate successfully completed the 17 week long program (having no unexcused attendance for classes, labs, and workshops).
  • Graduate personally paid all tuition payments on time and in full.
  • Graduate was responsive to Evolve and worked with us during the job application process.
  • Graduates who enter into other educational or training programs within the 6 months are not included in the statistics.
  • Graduate took all phone and in-person interviews made available to them.
  • Security Job is a position where more than half of the roles and responsibilities are security related.

7. Additional hiring information

  • 92% of graduates seeking a cybersecurity got hired within 6 months
  • Hired graduates experienced an average salary increase of 60%
  • Graduates hired within 70 days on average.
  • Graduates offered average total compensation of $62,600.
  • Statistics last updated July 2017.

8. What kind of jobs do graduates get?

Candidates who successfully complete the cybersecurity curriculum will be qualified for the following positions (not a comprehensive list):

  • Security Analyst/Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst/Engineer
  • Network Security Analyst/Engineer
  • IT Security Analyst/Engineer
  • InfoSec Analyst/Engineer
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst
  • Security Sales Engineer
  • Associate Security Consultant (Technical/Compliance)

9. Where are you located?

1871 (ranked #1 incubator in U.S.)

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite #1212

Chicago, IL 60654

10. How much experience do I need?

Primary Pre-Requisite

We are looking for candidates with the right ATTITUDE and APTITUDE. Candidates who are PASSIONATE about learning security and are CURIOUS in nature, will be successful in the Academy. We can teach you the technical skills that are needed to enter the industry, but you need to have the drive, work ethic, and passion to learn these skills that are needed.

Secondary Pre-Requisite (optional)

Candidates with the following experience are more strongly considered:

  • 1 - 3 years IT or development experience
  • Basic understanding of networking and/or application concepts
  • Familiarity with scripting languages (Python, Bash, Ruby, Perl, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of common operating systems and familiarity with command line operation (Windows and Linux)
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science or Information Systems
  • IT Certifications: Network+, CCNA, Security+, CEH, CISSP

11. What is the admissions process?

Bootcamp PRO

Bootcamp PRO is our premier in-person cybersecurity bootcamp and has a limit of ~16 seats per cohort. Thus, acceptance into Bootcamp PRO is quite competitive. Since students who successfully complete the Bootcamp PRO are eligible to participate in our Job Outcomes Program, we have a more stringent vetting process. Candidates are accepted if we are confident that they have what it takes to get a job in cybersecurity and if we ourselves would hire you.

Step 1:

Fill out initial Preliminary Application (link).

Step 2:

Full Application (link) is sent to candidate and returned.

Step 3:

Internal review of Full Application and phone screen (optional) scheduled.

Step 4:

Depending on qualifications of candidate (see “Experience Needed” and “Prep Exercises” in FAQ) candidate is directed towards recommended prep exercises to prepare for in-person interview.

Step 5:

In-Person (or live) interview scheduled. Interview topics to include education / work history, expectations of program, interest in cyber security, and technical experience, which includes computer science, networking, Linux command line, etc.).

Step 6:

Student given technical assessment to be completed off-site (if necessary).

Step 7:

Admissions Board reviews full application and decides on immediate acceptance, wait listed or deferment.

If wait listed, candidates are encouraged to continue to build upon their technical knowledge and will be notified of acceptance if / when a spot becomes available. We strive to assemble each cohort to have diverse backgrounds (educationally, culturally and in work experience). We have a rolling admissions into the Bootcamp PRO so timing of notification of acceptance varies and depends on the backgrounds of the candidate pool. Wait listed candidates are automatically accepted and eligible to enroll into the Bootcamp REMOTE program.

If deferred, candidates are asked to continue to build upon their technical foundation and reapply for a later Bootcamp PRO cohort or Bootcamp REMOTE cohort. Candidates reapplying need to only provide updates to their application and notify us of what educational or work experiences you have gained.

Step 8:

If accepted, candidate is provided with an acceptance letter and enrollment agreement, which outlines the expectations of the class, the class schedule, and tuition payment schedule.

Accepted candidates must attest that they have familiarity with basic computer science, networking and the Linux command line concepts as outlined in the "Recommended Prep Exercises” detailed in the FAQ.

Step 9:

Candidate submits signed enrollment agreement and non-refundable down payment and their seat is reserved.

Bootcamp REMOTE

Bootcamp REMOTE allows us to deliver our curriculum to a broader audience and create more cybersecurity professionals, enabling us to take a step closer in accomplishing our mission of closing the talent shortage gap of 350,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs that exist today. The Bootcamp REMOTE experience and training is practically identical to the Bootcamp PRO experience but a lot more onus is placed on the individual to take control of their career development. We provide you with the tools and show you the path to become a cybersecurity professional, but it is on the individual to be fully engaged while absorbing the pre-recorded lectures, to come prepared with questions and dialogue during the live sessions with the instructor, and to be proactive when working in groups on lab exercises and real project assessments.

Step 1:

Fill out initial Preliminary Application (link).

Step 2:

Full Application (link) is sent to candidate and returned.

Step 3:

Admissions Board reviews full application and decides on immediate acceptance, wait listed or deferment.

If wait listed, candidates are encouraged to continue to build upon their technical knowledge and will be notified of acceptance if / when a spot becomes available. We strive to assemble each cohort to have diverse backgrounds (educationally, culturally and in work experience). We have a rolling admissions into the Bootcamp REMOTE so timing of notification of acceptance varies and depends on the backgrounds of the candidate pool.

If deferred, candidates are asked to continue to build upon their technical foundation and reapply for a later Bootcamp REMOTE cohort. Candidates reapplying need to only provide updates to their application and notify us of what educational or work experiences you have gained.

Step 4:

If accepted, candidate is provided with an acceptance letter and enrollment agreement, which outlines the expectations of the class, the class schedule, and tuition payment schedule.

Accepted candidates must attest that they have familiarity with basic computer science, networking and the Linux command line concepts as outlined in the “Recommended Prep Exercises” detailed in the FAQ below.

Step 5:

Candidate submits signed enrollment agreement and non-refundable down payment and their spot is reserved.

12. What hardware and software do I need?

A PC or Mac laptop with Virtual Machine software installed (VirtualBox or VMWare). Laptop with at least 8GB of Memory is required and Solid State Drive (SSD) is highly recommended.

13. What prep exercises can I do to prepare for the bootcamps?

Applicants are expected to be familiar with the basics of computer science, networking concepts, and the Linux command line. If you are new to any of these fields or wish to revisit some of these concepts, below are some helpful resources to look at.

Computer Science

Getting Started: Computer Science 101 (Self-Paced) through Stanford University online is a great place to start to get familiar with computer basics.

For Students before class begins: Python is a simple but powerful language and will be used throughout the program so get familiar with the basics. It is not required that you go through the whole python course, but feel free to do so.

Networking

Getting Started

1. Internet Basics - What is the Internet? - Watch all 8 videos

2. Network+ Study Guide on Udemy by Mike Myers

Concentrate on the following courses:

  • Network Models
  • TCP/IP Basics
  • Routing
  • TCP/IP Applications
  • Network Naming
  • Securing TCP/IP

3. TCP / IP Protocols and Ports

4. TCP / IP Guide

5. Other Networking Resources

For Students before class begins

1. Network+ Study Guide on Udemy by Mike Myers

Complete all of the courses

2. An Introduction to Computer Networks

  • 1 - An Overview of Networks (ALL)
  • 2.4 - Ethernet Switches
  • 2.6 - Virtual LAN (VLAN)
  • 3.1 - Virtual Private Networks
  • 3.7 - Wi-Fi
  • 7.1 - The IPv4 Header
  • 7.2 - Interfaces
  • 7.3 - Special Addresses
  • 7.3.1 - Multicast addresses
  • 7.6 - IPv4 Subnets (ALL)
  • 7.7 - DNS (ALL)
  • 7.8 - Address Resolution Protocol: ARP (ALL)
  • 7.9 - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) (ALL)
  • 7.10 - Internet Control Message Protocol (ALL)
  • 8.2 - IPv6 addresses
  • 10.1 - Classless Internet Domain Routing: CIDR
  • 10.6 - Border Gateway Protocol, BGP
  • 11.1 - User Datagram Protocol – UDP
  • 11.1.3 - netcat
  • 11.2 - Fundamental Transport Issues
  • 12 - TCP Transport
  • 12.1 - The End-to-End Principle
  • 12.2 - TCP Header
  • 12.3 - TCP Connection Establishment
  • 12.4 - TCP and WireShark

3. TCP / IP Guide

Linux Command Line

Evolve spends a lot of time on the command line in Linux. The more practice you have navigating the file directory will better prepare you to be a cybersecurity professional.

1. Get started with the Linux Command Line

2. Additional Resources:

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