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    $0-$12,500
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    Full-time
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    Cybersecurity
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Evolve Security Academy is one of the top cybersecurity firms in the world. Their goal is to ensure the cyber security of every website, application, and person within our technology universe. They do this through immersive and intense training that prepares cyber security analysts for the challenge of protecting databases and sites from attacks in real time. With their hub of operations being in Chicago, Evolve Security Academy constantly stays busy. In addition to Live seminars at their physical location, they also offer online cohorts that cover the same material. If technological protection is your passion and you’re looking to turn it into a career, look no further than Evolve Security Academy.

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For Evolve’s Chicago campus cohort, you’ll take a holistic approach to cyber security as you work through hands on technical labs to improve your real world cyber security skills and techniques. You’ll gain real world experience as you work with non profit organizations to assess their online security presence. You’ll focus on soft skills in addition to your technological skills as you focus on building teamwork and time management skills. You’ll be expected to complete 1 on 1 competency assessments with your instructor to prove that you’ve retained the information that was taught in class. At the end of your journey at Evolve, you’ll participate in a 3 hour exam and 7 hour hands on lab to prove clear and practical understanding of cyber security. Those who pass this exam will become Evolve certified. Throughout your curriculum, you’ll be introduced to a wealth of cyber security knowledge including the CIA Triad, Defense-in-Depth, and OWASP. You’ll also cover a variety of security programs and learn to gauge different threat landscapes.

Evolve’s in person bootcamp is 16 weeks long. During that time, 4 weeks will be spent learning off campus using online materials with the last 12 weeks spent on campus. Classes take place part time Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Students are expected to spend at least 20 hours per week on their Evolve Academy studies.

Evolve Security Academy is the number one place to be for anyone looking to land a job in the cyber security sector. 98% of Chicago Evolve campus graduates go on to land a job within 6 months. Upon obtaining their first job post graduation, Evolve alumni earned an average of $62,000 per year.  Evolve has partnerships with many different Fortune 500 companies and big and small companies across the globe.

Total costs for Evolve Security Academy’s in person Chicago cohort is $12,500. Evolve’s online course costs total $10,500. Evolve also offers two smaller 5 week advanced tracks which cost $3,200 each. As far as payment goes, Evolve offers three methods of payment. The first and arguably most cheapest option is to pay the full balance of tuition upfront. Students who pay their entire balance before attending the program will receive $500 off their tuition costs ($250 if you’re an online student). The second option is to pay a $1,000 non refundable deposit within 7 days of your acceptance into the program. You will then pay two different installments of your split tuition with the first payment due before the program start date and your second payment due before week 8. The third option is to finance your tuition using Evolve’s partner lending firm, Skills Fund. In addition to financing, Evolve is passionate about helping students fund their education through scholarships. Scholarships are available based on a variety of factors including general scholarships, veteran scholarships, women scholarships, and minority scholarships. The Chicago campus is also proud to accept the GI Bill for educational fulfillment of veterans.

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  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2019 at 6:14 am

    As a person who really thrives in a learning environment with instruction and support, I knew that it would be important for me to find a program that would offer me what I need. Initially, I was worried about the online learning environment and felt that it might be alienating. In fact, I think our class ended up being more social and connected than an IRL one because of the way the Zoom classroom is setup – we all face each other, literally. I made friends and possibly future colleagues. So, the social support component of this program is not to be underestimated. I really think the coursework is well designed. There are some hiccups here and there but honestly those difficulties seemed like a natural part of the learning process. I was super grateful to have plentiful career prep conversations, both with instructors as well as other classmates. I’ve met some really great people through Evolve’s network and I honestly feel I have earned a solid foundation for my entry into infosec.

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  • Anonymous
    November 11, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I started this cybersecurity Bootcamp not having much knowledge what so ever (I must admit I was pretty intimated at first). After just a few weeks into the Bootcamp, I was able to confidently and fluently converse with others using IT Jargon commonly found in the industry. I can’t say enough about the great instructors that made this experience fun, enjoyable and most importantly brought a surplus of knowledge from the public and private sector of the ever-growing IT corporate world. The instructor and his teaching assistants were highly attentive when students ran into a problem in the homework or labs. This Bootcamp also offers office hours before and after class, which was helpful when needing to prepare your VM for labs and assignments covered in the lectures.

    I highly recommend this Bootcamp for anyone that is looking to truly improve themselves and further their career into a high growth industry. Lastly, I want to note that I took this course while working a full-time 9-5 job. It may seem like a daunting task to juggle both (and at times it could be), but our great instructor and an incredibly supportive cast of students made it much easier and manageable. The one thing that attracted me to the Bootcamp was the high rate of job placement. Many students were landing jobs mid-way through the cohort and everyone felt like the interviews were quite easy compared to the vast knowledge they had gained through the Bootcamp. The instructors also make it a priority to continuously ask interview questions throughout the Bootcamp to further prepare you for interviews.

    I took time to look at a few cybersecurity Bootcamps, but ultimately chose Evolve Security (and very glad I did) !!!!

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  • Anonymous
    November 24, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Want to get in cyber security career? Evolve Academy is the right place. Had and extensive training that covers most of cyber security industry topics. Trainers are experts in this domain so all my questions were answered at the highest leveI. Even if you don’t understand something this guys will make sure you do. Highly recommend this place, specially PRO boot camp if you want to get more in-depth training.
    Job hunting module that is part of curriculum was super helpful and landed me in a job just after graduation so I am enormously grateful for that to Evolve Cyber Security Academy.
    Keep it up!

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  • Anonymous
    November 26, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I highly recommend Evolve to enhance cyber security expertise at any stage of your career. Personally, attending Evolve was pivotal for my sector switch into more hands-on work in cyber and incident response. In fact, Evolve instructors helped me identify IR as a potential professional path. Students from both technical and non-technical backgrounds will benefit and as with any program, the more time you put in the more you will get out of it. The instructors and staff are 200% dedicated to your success and are genuinely open and supportive. My only recommendation would be to carve out enough time and energy to focus on the coursework and take advantage of the tremendous resources they offer.

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  • Anonymous
    November 29, 2019 at 6:14 am

    The staff has an incredible way of taking complex concepts and breaking them down into digestible bits. Coming into the course without any experience in the field, I can attest to the initial difficulty of what is going to be learned. However, the staff is willing to put forth the time and effort to ensure you grasp a solid understanding of the material.

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  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Evolve Security Academy remote boot camp. A zero regret experience.

    I graduated from the 2018 remote cohort and also took the Practical Penetration Testing Course early in 2019. The latter? Excellent. In this review, I focus on the former.

    The boot camp had many strong points, including the jocularity, the banter, the fun with the other students. But I will emphasize the two most important.

    1) The two lead instructors.

    The first gave us a gold mine of information security theory and real life stories, many which had an “insider” flavor. A glimpse at the real industry, the shocking facts, the breaches, the enemy moves, the truths the news buries. He inspired and invigorated. The second gave us the clarity, detail and guidance to get our newly gained information off the ground and put it to practical use in real world scenarios, including our final project for a real company. He launched and equipped. The complementary strengths of the two instructors made the camp balanced, thorough, and exciting. I came for a challenge. Check. The icing on the cake? Boot camp became the highlight of each day.

    2) The course materials.

    The academy covers everything from A to Z. Physical security. Network security. Policy. Cryptography. Social engineering. To name a few. Lectures, labs, common and unusual tools, real-world experience, and best of all, access to the minds of industry leaders who walk the walk.

    On the “con” side, I pour cold water, not on Evolve Academy, but on a mindset I had. If you share my former mindset, this warning is for you. Again, to be perfectly clear, it’s no negative reflection on Evolve, but a chill to the naive mental flames looking, without the right background, to boot camp as a magic key to success.

    Coming into boot camp, I had tech knowledge but lacked real world experience. I knew I had an uphill battle. Therefore, I worked diligently at boot camp. Very diligently. I finished with good grades, an inside lead from an instructor, encouragement, help from the academy, references, etc. And I’ve continued to study, refine my resume and apply to countless jobs. I even relocated from a rural area to a metro one for better job exposure. All to no avail. (I hope to report a change to this eventually, but as the unsuccessful job applications mount, I’ve lost my early optimism.) Boot camp just didn’t kick the career door open. As much as I enjoyed the boot camp, all the effort I spent has ended up being a waste (to date). The warning? Expect to need something more than boot camp to break into cyber security. Background in a different tech area. A four year tech degree.

    These sour grapes being set out as a disclaimer, I urge those with the right background — ninjas, experienced, etc. — not to wait. Enroll in Evolve today. You’ll have ZERO regrets.

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  • Anonymous
    December 8, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I was part of the PRO cohort (in-person) and it has changed my perception of the security industry. From someone with limited to no experience in the field before the bootcamp, it was fast paced and challenging, but even more rewarding when you finally understood the concepts introduced. The instructors and TAs demonstrate exceptional knowledge of IT and security as well as provide further instructions when needed, but without spoiling the lab or experience. I personally enjoyed the real-life experience the most as we had the opportunity to work with a not-for-profit organization and had to deliver a real security assessment. The job support was a large part of the final weeks and really pays off for the most ambitious students as they will most likely all land jobs within the next few months after completing the cohort, at least that was my and my classmates’ experience as we all have jobs as analysts or consultants. I will finish this review by saying that students that are willing to learn and put in the effort will definitely have a rewarding experience, and grow both personally and professionally.

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  • Anonymous
    December 20, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Evolve Security Academy is the #1 cyber security bootcamp in the world for a reason. The instructors are top-notch and often the ones who create the curriculum. Through the program, I was able to drink from the source, literally, and meet and learn from the pros in the industry in a casual, face to face setting. The Evolve experience helped me significantly in taking my CompTia certification, but went way beyond just that. I also greatly appreciated the game-changing tool set of skills and languages and the real-life, hands on training, which gave me an edge on my job interviews. Overall, I must say that this is the best investment in my future that I’ve ever made.

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  • Anonymous
    December 21, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Learned so much! Course curriculum and all other covered topics were relevant and very applicable to mainstream trends and issues.

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