Cybersecurity Bootcamp

RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp gives our learners the foundation they need to launch their new career in cybersecurity.

The program offers part-time (30 week) and full-time (15 week) remote options that best fit your schedule, and no IT experience is necessary. In the program's immersive environment and supportive community you'll learn from a curriculum informed by the explicit needs of hiring companies. The program offers personalized attention and job placement support, and tuition assistance is still available for our next cohort. Reboot your career by registering below.

Jumpstart your career in cybersecurity!

Next cohort start dates:  October 31, 2022 (part-time); December 12, 2022 (part-time); February 20, 2023 (full-time)
Time commitment: 15 weeks (full time), 30 weeks (part time)
Location: Remote
Cost: $10,000 (note: tuition assistance is available for qualifying students)
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Why RIT Cybersecurity Bootcamp?

We prepare you to be job ready day one in your new cybersecurity career. Headquartered in one of the world’s leading cybersecurity research and training facilities, at one of the top cybersecurity colleges in the nation, our curriculum will make you part of a community that is approaching cybersecurity from every angle.

We engage with top cybersecurity employers and industry leaders to help learners find employment. From job fairs, to resume reviews and interview prep, we’ll help you grow as you go, setting you up for success in one of the fastest growing sectors in industry and government. According to a recent Cybersecurity Ventures report, there are approximately 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs unfilled globally, an increase of 350% between 2013 and 2021.

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Topics Covered

  • Windows Fundamentals
  • Linux/Unix Fundamentals
  • IT Support Fundamentals
  • Security Management & Compliance Fundamentals
  • Security Event Triage 
  • Introductory Computer Forensics
  • SIEM Tools for Detection and Response
  • Cloud Security Fundamentals
  • DevOps and Continuous Integration
  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
  • Information Systems Auditing & Compliance
  • Project Management

Cybersecurity Tools You’ll Use

  • Ansible 
  • Active Directory
  • pfSense
  • VyOS
  • Open VAS 
  • Sparta 
  • Metasploit 
  • Ryslog
  • Elastic Stack 
  • Splunk
  • Snort
  • Zeek
  • GRR
  • Rekall
  • Nikto 
  • Vega 
  • Burp Suite 
  • GIT Ci/CD
  • Docker

What Do Graduates Receive?

  • A Certificate of Completion from the RIT Global Cybersecurity Institute is issued to graduates who pass a skills-based assessment offered as a part of our intensive class.
  • A performance review portfolio and letter of recommendation from course instructors. 
  • A new set of skills that can be used to attain an entry level position in the cybersecurity sector.

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

Cybersecurity lab.

Cohort Start Dates

October 31, 2022 (part-time)
December 12, 2022 (part-time)
February 20, 2023 (full-time)


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*All start dates can be part-time or full-time, subject to availability.
**For corporate or bulk registration and pricing, please contact our office directly.


Some of the most in-demand jobs and skills needed by cybersecurity employers!

Common Job Titles

  • Cyber Technician 
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Technician 
  • Information Security Apprentice 
  • IT Security Specialist 
  • IT Security Analyst
  • IT Security Technician  
  • IT Security Apprentice 
  • Technical Support
  • Disaster Recovery Specialist 
  • Disaster Recovery Analyst 
  • Disaster Recovery Technician 
  • Disaster Recovery Apprentice 
  • Systems Security Analyst 
  • Systems Security Technician 
  • Systems Security Apprentice
  • Secure Software Assessor 
  • Systems Administrator

Top Skills Requested

  • Information Security
  • Information Systems
  • Information Assurance
  • Network Security
  • Security Operations
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Project Manager
  • Linux
  • Technical Support
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Unix
  • Security Operations
  • Data Privacy
  • Risk Management
  • Software Development
  • Software & Systems Testing and Evaluation
  • Threat Analysis

How This Program Works

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.

This game-based and immersive approach leverages RIT’s nationally-recognized expertise in our School of Interactive Games and Media, the Saunders College of Business, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the Department of Computing Security.

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

Most of the learning content 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.

Tuition and fees for both the full-time and part-time immersive experiences is $10,000.

Scholarships are available to those who qualify. There are three scholarship programs currently available. These will be awarded to a limited number of applicants meeting the following conditions: 1) United States citizens or permanent residents currently on unemployment and/or 2) from diverse populations/underrepresented backgrounds. 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 ETPL. 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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TechRochester is offering $1,500 scholarships to Rochester area residents who have been displaced as a result of COVID and are pursuing an IT certification to help shift their career.

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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 through Sallie Mae. You can learn more at Sallie Mae's website.

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.