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Launch your cybersecurity career in only 6 months with our accelerated Cybersecurity Bootcamp Training

 

What is it and who is it for?

Cybersecurity Bootcamp is a fully online accelerated training program, meeting only twice a week, designed to successfully prepare people with little or no background in IT for entry level jobs in cybersecurity, a highly in-demand and lucrative career path.

 

Developed around military training methodologies and hands-on learning, the program focuses on the key skills sought by employers. The Bootcamp prepares students not only with technical knowledge, but with the essential skills required for a successful career in cybersecurity.

Why Cybersecurity?

With the rate of cyber-attacks reaching record highs, there is an urgent need for workers in cybersecurity. The field has had 0% unemployment for nearly a decade, and forecasts 350% job growth throughout the next year. With plentiful opportunities and competitive compensation, an accelerated Cybersecurity Bootcamp is the best way to gain the necessary skills to fill these positions.

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Trained for in-demand roles


Competitive entry-level salary


Future-proof job sector

Which Cybersecurity Roles Can I Get?

Cybersecurity careers are plentiful and a variety of roles are available at financial institutions, retailers, research companies, accounting firms, credit unions, government organizations – the list is endless.

Cybersecurity Forensics Analyst

Common Job Titles:
Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst, Digital Forensics Analyst, Cyber Crime Analyst

 

Top Skills Requested:
Computer forensics, threat analysis, network defense, system administration, encryption

Network Operations Specialist

Common Job Titles:
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst, IT Specialist, Network Analyst, LAN/WAN Admin

 

Top Skills Requested:
Network management, information technology assessment, operating systems, system administration

Cybersecurity Defense Analyst

Common Job Titles:
Cybersecurity Analyst, SOC Analyst, Info Security Analyst, Network Defense Technician

 

Top Skills Requested:
Network defense, vulnerabilities assessment, data management, info assurance, incident management

Cyber Infrastructure Specialist

Common Job Titles:
Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist, Intrusion Detection System Admin, Network Security Specialist

 

Top Skills Requested:
Network defense, information systems, incident management, network security, encryption

Cyber Incident Responder

Common Job Titles:
Incident Response Analyst, Intrusion Analyst, Security Monitoring Analyst, Computer Crime Investigator

 

Top Skills Requested:
Incident management, network defense, information systems, digital forensics, threat analysis

Associate Security Analyst / Engineer

Job Responsibilities:
Supporting security systems and monitoring security alerts and events. Assisting in creating and distributing security advisories and escalating security incidents.

 

Top Skills:
Cyber Forensics, Cyber Incident Management, Infrastructure Support, Security Administration, Security Assessment and Testing, Threat Intelligence and Detection.

 

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What Sets Loras Apart?

The Loras College community has always been defined by strong relationships and a proactive, service mindset. Through our personalized approach, all students enrolled in our Professional Education programs will receive individualized coaching and mentoring with guidance throughout the program. Ensuring strong, caring relationships is what the Duhawk community is all about, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with this program.

Application and Admission

Admission criteria and eligibility information:

  • High school diploma/GED(minimum).
  • Students do not need an IT background to enroll in this program.

To apply:

  • visit loras.edu/apply and create an account. There is no application fee.

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    Bootcamp Syllabus

    Cybersecurity Bootcamp Syllabus

     

    Prework

    Prior to the start of the Bootcamp, learners  will complete a self-paced module, whose objective is to bring everyone to the same level of technical expertise. Topics Covered:

    • Basics of Computer and Device Hardware, Software, Operating Systems and Processes in Windows and Linux
    • Networking Basics and the OSI Model

    I. Bootcamp Introduction

    The Bootcamp Introduction provides learners with the tools required to make the Bootcamp an enjoyable and efficient learning experience. Topics Covered:

    • Overview of Bootcamp and Cybersecurity Industry
    • Cybersecurity Career Paths
    • Prework Content Review

    II. NETWORK ADMINISTRATION

    This module dives deeper and focus on designing, configuring, and troubleshooting networks. Bootcampers will learn the necessary skills for running and monitoring a network in an insightful manner. Topics Covered:

    • Network Configuration – LAN, WAN
    • Segmentations, VLANs and Subnetting
    • Network Mapping Tools
    • Troubleshooting and Monitoring Networks
    • Network Devices – Switches, Routers
    • Telecommunication
    • System Administration

    III. INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY

    This module is designed to teach how organizations implement cybersecurity and introduce the different roles in the industry. This module will introduce hackers and their motives, capabilities, and techniques, as well as the different types of malware used to attack their victims. Topics Covered:

    • NIST Framework
    • Malware Types
    • Social Engineering
    • Vulnerabilities, Risks, and Exploits
    • Famous Cyber-Attacks

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Cybersecurity Bootcamp FAQs

     

    Are there prerequisites for the Bootcamp?

    After admission into the Bootcamp, students are expected to complete the self-paced pre-work module of approximately 20 hours prior to the start of the Bootcamp. This pre-work module will bring everyone to the same level of necessary technical expertise. (Students with prior IT experience will likely finish the self-paced pre-work in less than 20 hours).

    If a student decides that the Bootcamp is not for them after completing the pre-work module, they do not have to continue with the Bootcamp.

     

    What is the format of the Bootcamp?

    This part-time Bootcamp includes 480 hours of content delivered over 24 weeks. The topics are taught in a sequenced format (students do not work ahead). You will virtually meet with your classmates and facilitator over Zoom twice a week for up to 4 hours each day. Some topics will require more time than others. The platform will be available to you 24/7. There is also a messaging platform where classmates and facilitators can communicate.

     

    How will I learn practical cybersecurity skills?

    In order for you to practice the skills you learn, we have developed over 60 unique hands-on labs that run in virtual machines. These are safe environments where you will be able to run different operating systems, access various tools without installing them on your computer, and practice confidently without putting your computer at risk.

     

    What are the minimal computer requirements and what is the recommended setup?

    To participate effectively in the Bootcamp, you will need a laptop that is able to run video conferencing (including a working camera and microphone) and has an up-to-date operating system, as well as a stable high-speed internet connection. In addition, a second screen is recommended for optimal experience.

     

    What is the cost of Bootcamp?

    The entire cost of the 24-week Bootcamp is $4500 per person.

     

    Do you offer refunds?

    Student may receive 100% tuition refund up until two weeks after the start of the semester. After the first two weeks, no refund will be given.

     

    What certifications will I get from the program? Is there an exam?

    The Cybersecurity Bootcamp is designed to align with the United States government’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Upon successful completion of the Bootcamp, you will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by Cybint and Loras College. Graduates will also have the background and knowledge to pursue CompTIA Security+ certification.

    No exam is required.

     

    What types of jobs will I be able to apply for after the Bootcamp?

    Our curriculum is aligned with the NICE-NIST Framework and we will prepare you to apply for jobs like Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Forensics Analyst, and Cyber Incident Responder.

     

    Tuition & Fees (Bootcamp cost)

     

    The cost of the entire Cybersecurity Bootcamp is $4,500. Students have two options for program payment:

    1. Utilize tuition reimbursement from their employer via completion of Loras’s Employer Tuition Reimbursement Form, OR:
    2. Self-pay the entire program balance before the first day of class.

    Students who utilize tuition reimbursement from their employer must complete Loras’s ETR Form before the first day of the first class. Students will still be issued regular billing statements from Loras, but will be exempt from any late fees and will be exempt from having to make full payment until after their last class of the semester. (Students or employers are welcome to make payments directly to Loras along the way if they would like, but it is not required). If the employer reimbursement criteria are not met and/or reimbursement is denied, the student must bring their account current immediately before any future registration will be permitted. The balance must be paid in full within 30 days of program completion and prior to Loras and Cybint issuing the student the certificate of completion of the courses at the end of the program.

     

    Students who do not complete Loras’s ETR Form must self-pay their entire program balance before the first day of class. Students who fail to make payment for the program by that date will be asked to remit payment or be removed from the program.

    • Please note that federal and institutional aid is not available for this program.
    • Students who wish to obtain a private loan to help cover the cost of this program may reach out to Lesley Buse, Assistant Director of Financial Planning at 563-588-7817 or lesley.buse@loras.edu.
    • For billing or employer tuition reimbursement questions, feel free to contact Carrie Jones, Director of Student Accounts at 563-588-7232 or carrie.jones@loras.edu.

    Questions? Let’s get in touch.

    Loras College Graduate Admissions
    Megan Henderson

    megan.henderson@loras.edu
    563.588.7140

     

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