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The University at Buffalo Cybersecurity Bootcamp is designed to expand a learner’s skills and provide all of the fundamentals needed to establish a career in cybersecurity, no matter your current level of technological proficiency.

Our expert instructors will guide you through the training in a cloud-based platform where you can safely practice defending and attacking both systems and applications. You’ll receive instruction in ethical hacking and game theory and will be able to translate the skills from the bootcamp to an actual career defending against attackers, finding weaknesses in systems and securing the infrastructure from outside threats.

This professional development program does not bear academic credit.

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Learn About the Perks of our Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Our Cybersecurity Bootcamp will provide you with the education, skills and knowledge
needed to pursue a career in cybersecurity. This includes the fundamentals of the field, as
well as advanced skills that employers demand.

Become a Cybersecurity Professional

Start building the skills you need to excel in the field of cybersecurity under the guidance of industry
experts eager to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Hands-On Courses

Gain real-world experience in an accelerated, online environment designed to launch the careers of professionals of all backgrounds and experience levels. Confidently enter the workforce with the hands-on training required to excel in the field of cybersecurity.

Virtual Classroom

Benefit from top-tier instructional methodologies enhanced with cloud-based chat software that allows live, virtual, hands-on interaction between you and your instructors. Virtually attend classes in the evenings and on the weekends from the comfort of your own home.

Cyber Labs

Learn to identify vulnerabilities on web, server, mobile and desktop platforms and create secure defenses that protect against a variety of threats through real-world simulations. Complete cyber labs designed by cybersecurity experts to gain the knowledge you need to succeed.

Industry-Leading Instructors

Benefit from expert instructors’ current industry knowledge as well as from their unique insider’s understanding of the fast-paced field of cybersecurity. Experience personalized mentorship and guidance as you learn what it takes to become a cybersecurity professional.

Build the Skills
That Employers Need

Benefit from a comprehensive career services package handled by a dedicated team of
professional development experts.

Networking Opportunities

Gain access to a network of local and global hiring partners looking to employ newly-qualified cybersecurity professionals. Attend virtual networking events designed to introduce you to the variety of opportunities available to you upon program completion.

Dedicated
Support

Routinely meet with a student success manager dedicated to ensuring you have the tools and support you need to thrive in the program and beyond. Know you have a team of professionals backing you in your journey into the field of cybersecurity.

Career
Coaching

Find professional development support within a team of career coaches eager to help you achieve your career goals in cybersecurity. Get help with your resume, prepare for interviews, gain assistance building your LinkedIn profile and more.

Job Search Assistance

Work with our Career Outcomes team to determine what opportunities are available to you. Our search assistance will help you locate career opportunities and thoroughly prepare you for the interview process ahead of time.

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Program Overview

30-Hour Introductory Course
| 370-Hour Extended Program

  • Introductory Course

    The Introductory Course allows you to take the Cybersecurity Bootcamp for a test drive and get a feel for the remote learning environment.

    The course covers topics such as fundamentals of information security and risk management, an introduction to networking and network security fundamentals, the Linux and Microsoft platforms and related security, and the concept and role of offensive security.

    Following the Introductory Course, learners assess their understanding with a summary exam before proceeding to the extended course.
  • Part 1: Fundamentals

    In the Fundamentals part of the bootcamp, individuals learn the basics of cybersecurity. It includes training on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and basic network and cloud security. This phase acts as foundational training for the more rigorous portions of the program.
  • Microsoft Security

    Many companies across the globe rely on the Windows Server framework to manage their enterprise networks and computers. This Microsoft security course offers hands-on education with widely used and modern variants of the server operating system, as well as Microsoft Windows. You’ll learn how to administrate, secure and apply best practices with the Microsoft ecosystem of products.
  • Computer Networking

    Computer networks are critical to virtually any organization that operates on the internet, whether it’s healthcare, manufacturing, finance or technology. The computer networking course will give you an overview of computer network basics, including protocols, network designs, topologies and network devices.

    This course will also give you a solid foundation to begin studying for the CompTIA Network+ exam, which you can take after you complete the course.*
  • Cloud Security

    Cloud-based solutions are becoming more essential as many businesses and organizations move their infrastructure to services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. The cloud security course can help prepare you for a cloud-based future by letting you learn how to identify, compare, contrast, discuss and use common cloud service provider platforms and cloud security offerings—all with the goal of implementing security for cloud-based solutions.

    Upon completion of the course, learners will also have the foundational knowledge necessary to begin studying for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.*
  • Linux Security

    The Linux operating system is an essential tool for cybersecurity professionals, so it’s important to have an in-depth understanding of it to thrive in the field. The Linux security course will teach you the basics of using and manipulating Linux, as well as information about various Linux distributions (also known as distros).

    Upon completing the course, learners can also begin studying for the LPI Linux Essentials certification exam.*
  • Part 2: Cybersecurity Infrastructure

    In the Cybersecurity Infrastructure part of the program, learners begin focusing exclusively on security concepts and practices. This phase allows course participants to study Python programming, network security, and Critical Infrastructure Security (CIS). Learners gain practical security skills and experience that will prepare them for the Advanced Cybersecurity part of the program.
  • Network Security

    Networks are the foundation for nearly everything on the internet. This phase of the course covers the technologies needed to protect the integrity of a company's infrastructure by preventing network breaches and a wide variety of potential threats. Learners will leave this course with the skills needed to suggest, design, or implement controls to build secure networks from the design stage to post-implementation.
  • Cyber Infrastructure & Technology

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and practical training needed to design and maintain secure infrastructures and technologies. Security countermeasures such as SIEM, SOAR, endpoint security, and more provide an essential understanding of how to effectively protect organizations. This course begins to cover the CompTIA Security+ and CySA+ certificate objectives.
  • Introduction to Python for Security

    Sometimes the best cybersecurity tool is the one you make yourself. Often, cybersecurity professionals find themselves needing to analyze data, scan a system, or review hosts on a network in a novel way. The Intro to Python for Security course gives learners the tools they need to create these custom scripts on the fly, serving as an introduction to basic programming concepts in Python.
  • Part 3: Advanced Cybersecurity

    In the Advanced Cybersecurity part of the bootcamp, learners solidify existing skills and begin building new ones in advanced security concepts like game theory, digital forensics, incident response, and ethical hacking. By the end of this phase, learners will have a more complete view of cybersecurity and will be well-prepared to enter the industry.
  • Offensive Security: Ethical Hacking

    This course is a deep dive into the world of ethical hacking, which is critical to the cybersecurity industry. Ethical hackers can include anyone from penetration testers to GRC auditors. The Offensive Security: Ethical Hacking course lets the learner get into the mindset of criminal hackers and provides them with the foundation needed to pursue a career with ethical hacking as the primary role.
  • DFIR & Threat Hunting

    Another aspect of cybersecurity occurs when a cyberattack does happen. In these cases, first responders and incident response staff are critical. The DFIR and Threat Hunting course will give you the tools and knowledge needed to respond to cyberattack incidents, gather evidence for forensic investigations and accurately report the results.
  • Game Theory Strategy in Cybersecurity

    Game theory is the study of specific mathematical models and it can provide valuable insight to cybersecurity professionals looking to defend against unknown or unidentified threats. The Game Theory Strategy in Cybersecurity course gives you foundational knowledge in philosophy and mathematics and provides practical experience in using game theory to describe cyber threats and cyber incidents. You’ll also develop cybersecurity “soft skills” by sharpening your creative thinking and problem-solving abilities—allowing you to become a solution-driven and skilled professional.
  • Career Outcomes

    Get the competitive edge you need to succeed.

    This specialized course provides learners with the career planning, training, and tools needed to enter the field of cybersecurity—along with personalized interview coaching, professional networking, and one-on-one consultations devoted to perfecting LinkedIn profiles and resume. Put your best foot forward as you prepare to seek entry into the field of cybersecurity.
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Introductory Course 30 Hours

The Introductory Course allows you to take the Cybersecurity Bootcamp for a test drive and get a feel for the remote learning environment.

The course covers topics such as fundamentals of information security and risk management, an introduction to networking and network security fundamentals, the Linux and Microsoft platforms and related security, and the concept and role of offensive security.

Following the Introductory Course, learners assess their understanding with a summary exam before proceeding to the extended course.

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Part 1: Fundamentals

In the Fundamentals part of the bootcamp, individuals learn the basics of cybersecurity. It includes training on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and basic network and cloud security. This phase acts as foundational training for the more rigorous portions of the program.

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Microsoft Security 40 Hours

Many companies across the globe rely on the Windows Server framework to manage their enterprise networks and computers. This Microsoft security course offers hands-on education with widely used and modern variants of the server operating system, as well as Microsoft Windows. You’ll learn how to administrate, secure and apply best practices with the Microsoft ecosystem of products.

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Computer Networking 50 Hours

Computer networks are critical to virtually any organization that operates on the internet, whether it’s healthcare, manufacturing, finance or technology. The computer networking course will give you an overview of computer network basics, including protocols, network designs, topologies and network devices.

This course will also give you a solid foundation to begin studying for the CompTIA Network+ exam, which you can take after you complete the course.*

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Cloud Security 15 Hours

Cloud-based solutions are becoming more essential as many businesses and organizations move their infrastructure to services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. The cloud security course can help prepare you for a cloud-based future by letting you learn how to identify, compare, contrast, discuss and use common cloud service provider platforms and cloud security offerings—all with the goal of implementing security for cloud-based solutions.

Upon completion of the course, learners will also have the foundational knowledge necessary to begin studying for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.*

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Linux Security 30 Hours

The Linux operating system is an essential tool for cybersecurity professionals, so it’s important to have an in-depth understanding of it to thrive in the field. The Linux security course will teach you the basics of using and manipulating Linux, as well as information about various Linux distributions (also known as distros).

Upon completing the course, learners can also begin studying for the LPI Linux Essentials certification exam.*

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Part 2: Cybersecurity Infrastructure

In the Cybersecurity Infrastructure part of the program, learners begin focusing exclusively on security concepts and practices. This phase allows course participants to study Python programming, network security, and Critical Infrastructure Security (CIS). Learners gain practical security skills and experience that will prepare them for the Advanced Cybersecurity part of the program.

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Network Security 35 Hours

Networks are the foundation for nearly everything on the internet. This phase of the course covers the technologies needed to protect the integrity of a company's infrastructure by preventing network breaches and a wide variety of potential threats. Learners will leave this course with the skills needed to suggest, design, or implement controls to build secure networks from the design stage to post-implementation.

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Cyber Infrastructure & Technology 40 Hours

This course provides learners with the knowledge and practical training needed to design and maintain secure infrastructures and technologies. Security countermeasures such as SIEM, SOAR, endpoint security, and more provide an essential understanding of how to effectively protect organizations. This course begins to cover the CompTIA Security+ and CySA+ certificate objectives.

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Introduction to Python for Security 25 Hours

Sometimes the best cybersecurity tool is the one you make yourself. Often, cybersecurity professionals find themselves needing to analyze data, scan a system, or review hosts on a network in a novel way. The Intro to Python for Security course gives learners the tools they need to create these custom scripts on the fly, serving as an introduction to basic programming concepts in Python.

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Part 3: Advanced Cybersecurity

In the Advanced Cybersecurity part of the bootcamp, learners solidify existing skills and begin building new ones in advanced security concepts like game theory, digital forensics, incident response, and ethical hacking. By the end of this phase, learners will have a more complete view of cybersecurity and will be well-prepared to enter the industry.

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Offensive Security: Ethical Hacking 50 Hours

This course is a deep dive into the world of ethical hacking, which is critical to the cybersecurity industry. Ethical hackers can include anyone from penetration testers to GRC auditors. The Offensive Security: Ethical Hacking course lets the learner get into the mindset of criminal hackers and provides them with the foundation needed to pursue a career with ethical hacking as the primary role.

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DFIR & Threat Hunting 60 Hours

Another aspect of cybersecurity occurs when a cyberattack does happen. In these cases, first responders and incident response staff are critical. The DFIR and Threat Hunting course will give you the tools and knowledge needed to respond to cyberattack incidents, gather evidence for forensic investigations and accurately report the results.

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Game Theory Strategy in Cybersecurity 10 Hours

Game theory is the study of specific mathematical models and it can provide valuable insight to cybersecurity professionals looking to defend against unknown or unidentified threats. The Game Theory Strategy in Cybersecurity course gives you foundational knowledge in philosophy and mathematics and provides practical experience in using game theory to describe cyber threats and cyber incidents. You’ll also develop cybersecurity “soft skills” by sharpening your creative thinking and problem-solving abilities—allowing you to become a solution-driven and skilled professional.

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Career Outcomes 15 Hours

Get the competitive edge you need to succeed.

This specialized course provides learners with the career planning, training, and tools needed to enter the field of cybersecurity—along with personalized interview coaching, professional networking, and one-on-one consultations devoted to perfecting LinkedIn profiles and resume. Put your best foot forward as you prepare to seek entry into the field of cybersecurity.

* Certification exams are not conducted as part of the program and require additional costs not included in tuition. The program meets the objectives of the certificate throughout the program. Additionally, we are offering two non-mandatory extra sessions per certificate for Network+, Linux Essentials, CyberOps and Security+ exam preparation.
Get Ready for Industry-Standard

Cybersecurity Certifications

New and aspiring cybersecurity professionals can get the competitive edge they need to succeed by attaining industry-standard certifications that demonstrate to employers that you have in-demand skills and knowledge. To help you boost your credentials, we’ve developed an in-depth hub of resources that can help you prepare for certification exams.*

There are a pair of two-week breaks built into the Cybersecurity Bootcamp during which you’ll have the chance to take non-required asynchronous certification prep lessons. Our TDX Arena platform also has a wealth of study guides, question banks, a “Cyberpedia,” and various challenges that can help you practice and ace your exams.

We recommend that you seek one certification during each phase of the bootcamp according to your career goals.

  • LPI Linux Essentials

    The Linux LPI essentials certificate demonstrates knowledge of the Linux operating system and various open-source applications. The examination verifies and measures the ability of a candidate to manage users and groups, as well as competency with the command line, security, permissions, administration and basic networking configuration.
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

    The AWS certified cloud practitioner certification exam measures a candidate’s knowledge of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud and its infrastructure, including experience with the security and compliance aspects of the platform. It should be considered by individuals with the aforementioned experience since it can prove competency to potential employers.
  • CompTIA Network+

    The CompTIA Network+ certification exam tests a learner’s experience with configuring, managing and troubleshooting networks and network devices. Additionally, it also expects aspiring cybersecurity professionals to familiarize themselves with emerging trends such as mobile, cloud, virtualization and communication technologies.
  • CompTIA Security+

    Considered a next step up from the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ is an entry-level cybersecurity certification that tests a candidate’s skills over a range of technological disciplines, including networks, systems, security administration and penetration testing.
  • CompTIA CySA+

    The CompTIA CySA+ certification exam measures a learner’s ability to proactively capture, monitor, and respond to network traffic findings. Skills in software and application security, automation, threat hunting, and IT regulatory compliance are also assessed.
  • Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate

    The Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate certification is considered the first security certification a candidate should earn. The exam measures a candidate’s baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions of any cybersecurity role and pursue an IT security career.
  • (ISC)² SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner**

    For learners who have achieved at least one year of experience after completion of the program.

    Candidates with proven security knowledge and practical, hands-on security experience can consider the (ISC)² SSCP exam. This certificate demonstrates that a candidate has experience in implementing, monitoring and administering IT infrastructure in accordance with information security policies, procedures and best practices.

LPI Linux Essentials

The Linux LPI essentials certificate demonstrates knowledge of the Linux operating system and various open-source applications. The examination verifies and measures the ability of a candidate to manage users and groups, as well as competency with the command line, security, permissions, administration and basic networking configuration.

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

The AWS certified cloud practitioner certification exam measures a candidate’s knowledge of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud and its infrastructure, including experience with the security and compliance aspects of the platform. It should be considered by individuals with the aforementioned experience since it can prove competency to potential employers.

CompTIA Network+

The CompTIA Network+ certification exam tests a learner’s experience with configuring, managing and troubleshooting networks and network devices. Additionally, it also expects aspiring cybersecurity professionals to familiarize themselves with emerging trends such as mobile, cloud, virtualization and communication technologies.

CompTIA Security+

Considered a next step up from the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ is an entry-level cybersecurity certification that tests a candidate’s skills over a range of technological disciplines, including networks, systems, security administration and penetration testing.

CompTIA CySA+

The CompTIA CySA+ certification exam measures a learner’s ability to proactively capture, monitor, and respond to network traffic findings. Skills in software and application security, automation, threat hunting, and IT regulatory compliance are also assessed.

Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate

The Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate certification is considered the first security certification a candidate should earn. The exam measures a candidate’s baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions of any cybersecurity role and pursue an IT security career.

(ISC)² SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner**

For learners who have achieved at least one year of experience after completion of the program.

Candidates with proven security knowledge and practical, hands-on security experience can consider the (ISC)² SSCP exam. This certificate demonstrates that a candidate has experience in implementing, monitoring and administering IT infrastructure in accordance with information security policies, procedures and best practices.

* Certification exams are not conducted as part of the program and require additional costs not included in tuition. ** Learners must have a minimum of one year of cumulative work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) in order to be certified.

Program Tuition

Enroll in the introductory course for $180. If you decide to continue on to the extended program, the cost will be $17,800. Equaling to $17,980 in total.

Tuition, fees and deposits are subject to change.

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