The Cal Poly
Extended Education
Cyber Bootcamp

Get the In-Demand Skills You Need to Join the Fight Against Cybercrime

Through the Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp powered by Fullstack, you’ll go from novice to cybersecurity professional and gain the tools to land a job in one of the world’s highest-paying industries—all in 26 weeks part-time.

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Through the Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp powered by Fullstack, you’ll go from novice to cybersecurity professional and gain the tools to land a job in one of the world’s highest-paying industries—all in 26 weeks part-time.

Why Cybersecurity?

Technology today is more accessible than it’s ever been—but it’s also more of a liability.

Bots
Government-sponsored bots disrupted an election.
Hacked data
Hackers continue to obtain sensitive consumer information.
Phishing
Run-of-the-mill phishing scams can cost U.S. businesses nearly $1.6 billion in a single year.
So it’s no surprise that businesses are spending more on cybersecurity now than they ever have.
$250 billion Projected value of U.S. cybersecurity industry by 2023.
But who’s earning that money?

Right now, companies can’t find enough qualified cybersecurity professionals. That leaves the U.S. government, countless businesses, and each of us individually exposed to cyber attacks.

Money

The Demand for Cyber Talent

The opportunity is massive in locally and across the United States. According to research from cyberseek.org, in California alone, there are currently over 72,000 open cybersecurity roles and a very low supply of cybersecurity talent.

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Nationally, there are over half a million cyber jobs that employers are trying to fill. Businesses actively seeking cybersecurity professionals span across all industries and sizes, and they include high-tech employers like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, to name a few.

These companies are hiring for roles like Cybersecurity Specialist, Network Security Engineer, and Vulnerability Analyst. Grads studying at the Cal Poly Extended Ed Cyber Bootcamp curriculum have been hired for all of these roles—and more.

Strengthen Your Resume With the Cyber Skills Leading Tech Companies Are Looking For

The Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp provides students with career guidance every step of the way, from resume assistance to preparing students for successful physical and technical interviews.

Cohort Application Deadline Class Dates Class Schedule Course Format
October 2021

October 12, 2021

(Early Enroll Deadline: September 14, 2021)

October 19, 2021–
April 23, 2022
T/TH 6:30pm PT–9:30pm PT
and
Saturday: 10am PT–2pm PT
Live Online
Cohort October 2021
Application Deadline

October 12, 2021

(Early Enroll Deadline: September 14, 2021)

Class Dates October 19, 2021–
April 23, 2022
Class Schedule T/TH 6:30pm PT–9:30pm PT
and
Saturday: 10am PT–2pm PT
Course Format Live Online

Fullstack Academy is one of the longest-running and most successful bootcamps in the nation, with incredible student reviews, years of experience in education, and impressive graduate outcomes.

Now, it brings its hands-on learning approach to Cal Poly’s first cyber bootcamp to develop professionals to fight the global threat of cybercrime.

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How It Works

Overview

  • 26-week, part-time training program requiring no previous experience or knowledge in cybersecurity

  • 15 hours of homework per week

  • You’ll learn the offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills in demand by the world’s top tech companies

  • Receive professional development assistance — resume, networking, and interview guidance to jump-start a lucrative career in cybersecurity

Class Schedule

  • Class Schedule: Two weeknights 6:30pm PT–9:30pm PT (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs)
    Saturday mornings 10am PT–2pm PT

  • Course Format: 100% Live Online

Tuition

We aim to ensure that every applicant, regardless of budget, has the opportunity to break into a career in cybersecurity.
Full-Tuition Scholarships
$11,995 $500—$1,000 off

Students will need to make an initial deposit at enrollment with the remaining balance due one week prior to the first day of the cohort.

For a limited time, the initial deposit to enroll is only $99* (normally $1,000) for 2021 cohorts. Get started on your journey this year before the deposit increases in 2022!

Cal Poly current students, alumni and employees receive a $500 scholarship.

Current military personnel and veterans receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Full-Tuition
$11,995

Students will need to make a $500 dollar initial deposit at enrollment with the remaining balance due one week prior to the first day of the cohort.

Scholarships
$500—$1,000 off

Cal Poly current students, alumni and employees receive a $500 scholarship.

Current military personnel and veterans receive a $1,000 scholarship.

*Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the $99 non-refundable deposit in full prior to the enrollment date or by December 3, 2021, whichever date comes first.

Big Return on Your Investment

Graduates of the Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp will qualify for full-time cybersecurity positions that could earn them six-figure salaries in their first role—according to Burning Glass, Cybersecurity Analysts in the Central Coast earn an average of $103K.

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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).

  • Foundations & Security Essentials

    Phase 1
    Networking Essentials
    Linux & Python
    Command Line Input (CLI)
  • Offense—Red Team

    Phase 2
    Pen Testing Methodology
    Vulnerability Discovery
    Shells
    Exploitation
  • Defense—Blue Team

    Phase 3
    Threat Modeling
    Preventing Recon
    Incident Response
    Digital Forensics
    Project Demo Day
Classes are 100% live online with hands-on guidance from live instructors. The majority of students’ time is spent learning how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications as well as how to appropriately respond to cyber breaches.

Who Should Attend

The part-time program is specifically designed for beginners. There’s no experience required to apply, be accepted, or succeed.

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Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:

Teaching

Teaching

Finance

Finance

Retail

Retail

Music

Music

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Admin

Admin

Biology

Biology

And more...

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 Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp learn the skills they need to be qualified for entry-level roles like Cybersecurity Analyst.

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

Yes, the Cal Poly Extended Education 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.

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

The bootcamp helps prepare students to take the Security+, 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.

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.

All students must have their own laptop (or desktop for 100% online classes). We recommend having 16 GB RAM and ~50-100 GB storage. Netbooks, thin clients and tablets are not permitted. Mac or Windows is fine, but please note that the new Apple M1 processor is not yet fully supported.

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.

Ready to Start Learning?

Apply to the Cal Poly Cyber Bootcamp Today

  1. Fill out our online application form

  2. Take our nontechnical assessment

  3. Receive an entrance decision

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