Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Global Cybersecurity Institute’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp is an immersive 15-week hands-on training course.

All content and interactions are delivered remotely but include significant live interactions with our faculty and your fellow students. Built around a virtual simulation of a company, you will be trained not only through lectures and exercises but also by being assigned work roles and real-world tasks that will help you learn how to put your classroom learning into practice. This simulation, game-based learning approach leverages RIT’s nationally-recognized expertise in our School of Interactive Games and Media, the Saunders College of Business, and the Department of Computing Security.

Our curriculum aligns with the NIST-developed (NICE) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education framework for cybersecurity jobs.

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Cybersecurity Roles

This curriculum prepares the student for well-recognized and very popular entry-level cybersecurity roles from the NIST NICE framework.

Cyber Technician

Cyber Technician

Common Job Titles: Information Security Specialist, IT Security Specialist

Top Skills Requested: Information Security, Information Systems, Information Assurance, Network Security, Security Operations, Vulnerability Assessment, Project Management, Linux

Cyber Investigator

Cyber Investigator

Common Job Titles: Information Security Specialist, IT Security Specialist

Top Skills Requested: Information Security, Information Systems, Information Assurance, Network Security, Security Operations, Vulnerability Assessment, Project Management, Linux

Cyber Incident Responder

Cyber Incident Responder

Common Job Titles: Disaster Recovery Specialist, Network Technician

Top Skills Requested: Information Security, Project Management, Information Systems, Linux, Network Security, Technical Support, Intrusion Detection, Unix, Security Operations

IT Auditor

IT Auditor

Common Job Titles: IT Audit Consultant, IT Internal Auditor

Top Skills Requested: Internal Auditing, Audit Planning, Information Systems, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Accounting, Risk Assessment, Information Security, COBIT, Business Practices

Certifications for Cybersecurity Bootcamp Graduates

RIT Global Cybersecurity Institute Cybersecurity Bootcamp Certificates will be issued to program graduates who pass a skills-based assessment offered as a part of our 15 week intensive class. Here is a breakdown of what you will learn in the Bootcamp.

Our curriculum also prepares students for industry standard certifications including Security+ and Cybersecurity First Responder certificates.  Your tuition will include a voucher to take one of the certification exams for these certifications.  However, it is the student’s responsibility to take and pass the exam.

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RIT has one of the largest degree-granting cybersecurity programs in the country, with more than 450 enrolled in BS, MS, and Ph.D. computing security programs. Over 150 graduates in co-op and full-time positions are placed every year across the country ranging from large companies to startups.

The Global Cybersecurity Institute engages with top cybersecurity employers to help Bootcamp graduates find entry-level positions. Dozens of companies have already pledged specific support for Bootcamp graduates. This includes providing interview guidance, Bootcamp specific employer fairs, and resume reviews, in order to ensure that our Bootcamp graduates are well prepared to ace cybersecurity interviews and get entry-level positions at companies large and small.

We expect that learners will spend around 40 hours per week on the assigned learning content and tasks. Most of this can be done asynchronously, but there will be times where you will meet with your smaller team within the cohort which synchronous scheduling between the team will be required. The program will still move at a predetermined pace, so while you can choose when to do certain activities each day, there will be checkpoints where sets of activities need to be completed by. The Cybersecurity Bootcamp's first cohort will start August 10, 2020 with cohorts starting roughly every 3 weeks thereafter.

Tuition and fees for our 15 week, full-time, immersive experience is $10,000.

Scholarships are available to those who qualify. There are three scholarship programs currently available. These will cover a limited number of applicants meeting the following conditions: 1) United States citizens or permanent residents currently on unemployment and/or 2) United States citizens or permanent residents from underrepresented populations and/or 3) Learners from diverse populations and backgrounds. Informational brochures for all programs can be found by clicking here. If you apply and are found eligible for multiple, you may be able to receive the scholarships simultaneously, further reducing program costs, depending on availability.
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Training Grants for Unemployed and Under-Employed Workers:

The Cybersecurity Bootcamp is a training provider program on the New York State Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) and can be found at the ETPLI. The ETPL program is used to identify training that may be federally funded under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) meaning that you may be eligible for up to $5,000, even if you do not live in New York State through state reciprocity agreements.

Eligibility is based on several factors that are regionally specific, including if the job being trained for is identified in the local region as one in demand.  It may often be true that cybersecurity is not specifically listed but IT support is and our program is good training for that kind of entry level position as well.

If interested, regardless of where you live, you will need to contact and work with your local employment counselor at your local unemployment office to assess your eligibility and apply for a grant. More information can be found at the link below even if you do not live in Monroe County, New York, and with your local employment counselor.

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You can help keep the Cybersecurity Bootcamp as affordable as possible for individuals pursuing a new Cybersecurity career. By making a gift to the Cybersecurity Bootcamp, you will help lower the cost of tuition for prospective students, many of whom are already bearing the personal expenses associated with career transitions.

Students interested in financing their tuition through a loan are encouraged to consider and approach multiple lenders for the best financing that suits their needs, and students are neither required nor requested to use any particular lender.

In the interests of helping you find interested lenders we will list below organizations and programs that we are aware of which have provided loans to prior students. 

Lenders known to have provided student loans in the past for our Cybersecurity Bootcamp

  • Meritize is a lender for non-traditional educational loans who looks beyond FICO scores and uses your previous academic, military and work achievements to enhance your credit evaluation and improve your loan options.  For more information see Meritize.
  • Sallie Mae is a private loan provider with a variety of loan options ranging in loan duration and interest rates.  Past students have received loans thru this Sallie Mae program 

Please note that Rochester Institute of Technology or the Global Cybersecurity Institute (“RIT GCI”) is not aware of all possible lenders, and does not recommend, endorse, suggest or promote the use of any particular lender, including those listed above, in connection with our program.  Detailed information can be found here.

We are working with over 30 companies, including Eaton, IBM, LenelS2 Carrier, L3Harris, Security Risk Advisors, and Wegmans, as well as greater RIT, to provide such services as mock interviews, Bootcamp specific career fairs, resume reviews, etc, for our learners.