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Wake Forest University Cyber Bootcamp

Get the Skills You Need to Join the Fight Against Cybercrime

Gain the tools to qualify as a cybersecurity professional in one of the world's fastest-growing industries—all in 12-26 weeks.

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Program at a Glance

12-26

Weeks

03/28

Apply By

04/03

Next Start Date

$2,000

Potential Scholarships

Why Learn Cybersecurity

As a cybersecurity professional, your primary objective is to defend digital assets–guarding an organization’s systems and sensitive information from online attacks. The cybersecurity field offers robust career and financial opportunities and plenty of available jobs.

With instances of cybercrime slated to grow and evolve, the need for adaptable, solution-focused professionals to fight it is higher than ever. If this sounds like you, consider a career in cybersecurity to maximize your earning potential, job satisfaction, and critical defense skills.

The Demand for Cyber Talent

In North Carolina and remotely across the United States, demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing rapidly.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analyst positions will grow 33% in the next 10 years.

Nationally, there are over half a million cyber jobs that employers are looking to fill. Businesses of all industries are actively seeking cybersecurity specialists, including local high-tech employers like Bank of America, Northrup, Allstate, and Citrix.

These companies are hiring for roles like Cyber Analyst, Network Security Analyst, and Security Tester. Graduates of the Wake Forest Cyber Bootcamp have the skills to qualify for these roles and more.

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Bootcamp Application and Start Dates

    Program

    Full-Time Online Cyber Bootcamp

    Apply By

    03/28/2023

    Start Date

    04/03/2023

    End Date

    06/23/2023

    Status

    Open

    Program

    Part-Time Online Cyber Bootcamp

    Apply By

    03/28/2023

    Start Date

    04/03/2023

    End Date

    10/05/2023

    Status

    Open

Fullstack Academy is a top-ranked immersive school for technology career training. Fullstack Academy offers comprehensive live online training opportunities across the U.S. and prepares students with the in-demand skills they need to launch fulfilling tech careers.

Students may opt into comprehensive career coaching services and graduate as members of the Fullstack community—a supportive alum network that can help open doors to future jobs in Charlotte, NC and beyond.

Fullstack Academy brings its learning method, reputation, and community in facilitating the Wake Forest Cyber Bootcamp to make tech career training more accessible to individuals outside of traditional tech hubs.

How the Wake Forest University Cyber Bootcamp Works

The Wake Forest Cyber Bootcamp, powered by Fullstack Academy and offered by the Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies, is designed for students to pursue high-quality tech education while continuing to balance work or other commitments. Our program provides you with the flexibility to fit career development into your life.

  • All bootcamp classes are instructor-led and taught 100% online.

  • Multiple class times are offered so you can choose which option works best with your schedule.

  • Part-time and full-time bootcamp programs are available.

  • All classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

    You can choose which class time works best for you in the application process.

    • 9:30am-12:30pm ET
    • 6:30pm-9:30pm ET
    • 7:30pm-10:30pm ET
    • 8:30pm-11:30pm ET
  • All classes are held Monday-Friday.

    You can choose which class time works best for you in the application process.

    • 9:30am-3:30pm ET
    • 11:30am-5:30pm ET

Class time options are subject to change. To see available class times for your cohort of choice, complete your application or schedule a call with a student advisor.


Tuition

There are many ways to pay for your bootcamp experience including self-pay, employer-pay, local/state government assistance, scholarships and personal loans. Learn more about payment options.

  • Wake Forest University Bootcamps is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000) for a limited time. Get started on your journey before the deposit increases!

    Enrollment Deposit - $1,000 $99*
    Tuition During Program - $13,396
    Total Tuition - $13,495

    *Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the non-refundable $99 deposit in full prior to the enrollment date.

  • $1,000 Founder’s Scholarship

    To celebrate the Cyber Bootcamp launch, the Founder’s Scholarship will be given to all students enrolled in the inaugural cohort in April 2023.

    $500 Community Scholarship

    For Wake Forest University alumni and current students.

    $2,000 Military Scholarship**

    For active-duty service members and military veterans (for the inaugural cohort only).

    $1,000 Military Scholarship**

    For active-duty service members and military veterans (for subsequent cohorts).

    **Valid ID required.

Cybersecurity Roles and Salaries

In the field of cybersecurity, there are many career paths to follow based on your skills and experience. When you opt into comprehensive career coaching, you’ll receive the guidance you need to navigate the industry.

With cybersecurity professionals in high demand, the cybersecurity industry offers a multitude of career and financial opportunities after you enter the field. Companies across the nation are hiring for roles like IT Help Desk Specialist, Systems Support Specialist, and Cybersecurity Analyst.

RoleAverage Entry-Level Salary in North Carolina*
IT Help Desk Specialist/Computer Support Specialist$42,407
Network/Systems Support Specialist$53,227
System Administrator/Network Administrator$58,323
Cybersecurity Analyst$67,679
Network Engineer/Solutions Architect$99,483

*North Carolina Cybersecurity Salary Data via Lightcast™ . 2022


What You Will Learn

Students learn the offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills including Foundations (computing and networking basics, Linux, introduction to automation), Security Essentials (practical networking, bash scripting, Python for security), Security Analyst Training (NIST cybersecurity framework, tools, techniques, procedures for network and application protection), and Flight (projects, advanced certifications preparation, career coaching, and guidance).

Phase
  • Networking Essentials
  • Linux & Python
  • Command Line Arguments and File Systems
  • Pen Testing Methodology
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Shells
  • Exploitation
  • Threat Modeling
  • Preventing Recon
  • Incident Response
  • Digital Forensics

Classes are mostly hands-on with the majority of students’ time spent learning how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications as well as how to appropriately respond to cyber breaches.


Career Support

The Wake Forest Cyber Bootcamp provides students with career guidance every step of the way, from resume assistance to preparing students for successful interviews. Our rigorous, hands-on education, combined with our career support, has helped graduates go on to jobs at top companies and beyond!

Fullstack Academy grads are highly sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.

Wake Forest University Tech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy graduates.


Who Should Attend

Both the full- and part-time programs are specifically designed for beginners. There’s no experience required to apply, be accepted, or succeed.

Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:

Teaching

Finance

Retail

Customer service

Graphic design

Admin

Biology

And more

If this sounds like you, apply today and join others just like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.


FAQs

  • The cyber curriculum is broken down into four main areas: 1. Foundations (Computing and Networking Basics, Linux, Introduction to Automation ); 2. Security Essentials (Practical Networking, Bash Scripting, Python for Security); 3. Security Analyst Training (NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Tools, Techniques, Procedures for Network and Application Protection); and 4. Flight (Projects, Advanced Certifications Preparation). Grads of the Wake Forest University Cyber Bootcamp learn the skills they need to be qualified for entry-level roles.

    For a syllabus on your program of interest, click here and fill out the form.

  • Yes, the Wake Forest University Cyber Bootcamp is beginner-friendly. It’s specifically designed for professionals who have no previous experience in cybersecurity. While some background knowledge is helpful, the only expectation is that students have general computer literacy skills in basics like efficiently using the internet/cloud and Windows.

  • The bootcamp helps prepare students to take the Security+ and CySA+ exams. Students can expect to spend another ~15 hours studying before taking either exam. The price of taking these exams is not included in tuition.

  • There's no preparation required to succeed in the course, but we recommend familiarizing yourself with the industry and working through Cybersecurity 101.

  • Your time with our career success team will include everything from workshops to one-on-one office hours to phone chats before big interviews. And on top of all that, the team will be working behind the scenes to find openings that are right for you and staying up-to-date on the latest recruiting trends to make sure they prepare you for everything.

  • You do need to provide your own computer for the bootcamp. It can be a laptop or desktop as long as it meets minimum tech specifications. We highly recommend Apple computers for our program, however, it is possible to use Windows with some modifications. You must have at least MacOS 10.15 or newer or Windows 10. Because the bootcamp is live-online, you are required to have a webcam and microphone in order to participate in class.

    Learn more about the tech requirements for the cyber bootcamp on our Online Learning page.

  • Many of our part-time students are working full time while taking the program. Keep in mind that there are 10 hours in class and 15-20 hours worth of homework per week.

  • No, Wake Forest Tech Bootcamps are not for credit and cannot be applied toward a degree or certificate program. Rather, they’re offered through the Wake Forest School of Professional Studies and facilitated by Fullstack Academy instructors and staff to provide in-demand tech skills training for current or prospective tech professionals.


Ready to Start Learning?

Apply to study at the Wake Forest University Coding Bootcamp.

  1. Fill out our online application form
  2. Take our nontechnical assessment
    • No cyber experience required
    • Covers logical reasoning
    • Sent to you immediately upon submission of application
  3. Receive an entrance decision
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