The Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp
Get the Skills You Need to Fight Cybercrime
Through the Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp powered by Fullstack Academy, you’ll gain the tools to land a job in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries—all in 12-26 weeks.
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Program at a Glance
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Why Learn Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity protects the sensitive digital information of companies and their consumers from online attacks. Those working in cybersecurity are quick thinking, able to assess risks, and adaptive at staying ahead of vulnerabilities in systems. The cybersecurity field offers robust career and financial opportunities and plenty of available jobs. Cybersecurity professionals have the potential to earn more as they obtain higher security clearances and certifications.
The Demand for Cyber Talent
Nationally, there are over half a million cyber jobs that employers are trying to fill. Businesses actively seeking cybersecurity professionals span all industries, and they include high-tech employers like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, to name a few.
These companies are hiring for roles like IT Help Desk Specialist, Systems Support Specialist, and Cybersecurity Analyst. Grads studying at the Cal Poly Extended Ed Cyber Bootcamp curriculum have been hired for all of these roles—and more.
Bootcamp Application & Start Dates
Fullstack Academy is one of the longest-running and most reputable bootcamp providers 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 the Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp to develop professionals to fight the global threat of cybercrime.
How the Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp Works
The Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp 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.
Part-time and full-time bootcamp programs are available.
Bootcamp classes combine live online instruction taught by industry-experienced professionals with independent learning assignments.
All classes are held Monday-Friday.
Select one class schedule and time from the options below when you apply.
Tuesday and Thursday Classes (With an Optional Lab on Wednesdays)
Monday and Wednesday Classes (With an Optional Lab on Tuesdays)
Labs correspond with the start time of your regular classes. Participation in the weekly lab is optional, but strongly encouraged.
Saturday and Sunday Classes (With an Optional Lab on Wednesdays)
Participation in the weekly lab is optional, but strongly encouraged.
In addition to classroom lessons, part-time students can anticipate spending 6-8 hours studying and working on outside assignments each week. Full-time students can expect to spend 12-15 hours each week on outside assignments.
Class time options vary by month and 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.
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.
Cal Poly Extended Ed Tech 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 -
Tuition During Program - $13,396
Total Tuition - $13,495
*Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the $99 refundable deposit in full prior to the enrollment date.
$500 Community Scholarship
For Cal Poly Extended Education alumni, current students, and employees. All Cal Poly campuses are eligible.
$1,000 Military Scholarship**
For active-duty service members and military veterans.
**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. Our Career Success Team is there to assist you throughout your career journey.
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.
|Role||Median Salary in San Luis Obispo|
|IT Help Desk Specialist/Computer Support Specialist||$43,664|
|Network/Systems Support Specialist||$65,642|
|System Administrator/Network Administrator||$66,800|
|Network Engineer/Solutions Architect||$108,483|
*San Luis Obispo Cybersecurity Salary Data via Lightcast™ . 2022
What You Will Learn
Students learn cybersecurity fundamentals and the in-demand skills to fight cybercrime including:
Asset and inventory management like networking basics, Linux command line, and bash scripting;
Red Team (Offense) for fighting web vulnerabilities, penetration testing, OWASP Top 10, and social engineering;
Blue Team (Defense) for log analysis, security information and event management, digital forensics, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and incident response;
To prepare students for real-life work scenarios and environments, students also take part in career simulations alongside their cybersecurity training. Additionally, students are taught resume writing, salary negotiation, and other career preparation skills throughout the program to equip them for their job search after graduation.
Unit (Weeks )
The security mindset
Confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) triad
Threats, vulnerabilities, and risks
Linux Command Line
Users and groups
Encoding and encryption
Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model)
Variables, loops, and conditionals
String and list methods
Windows administration and management
OWASP Top 10
Splunk and security information and event management (SIEMs)
NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Classes are 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. Along with the classroom sessions, students can attend a weekly lab where they can review key concepts, catch up on homework, and work alongside peers.
The Cal Poly Extended Education Cyber Bootcamp can also help you prepare for industry-recognized certifications. With bootcamp preparation and additional studying, you’ll be equipped to take the exam for the:
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification: This certification helps organizations identify talent with critical knowledge related to implementing cloud initiatives and validates cloud fluency and foundational AWS knowledge.
The price of the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam is not included in the program tuition.
Students will gain valuable insight into how to build a successful career in cybersecurity from day one of the course. When you opt into career success services, you’ll receive guidance in:
Growing your professional network
Resume and LinkedIn profile optimization
Interview and assessment prep
Salary negotiation workshops
And much more!
You’ll also graduate from the program with a portfolio of work that demonstrates your ability to solve real business problems for real companies.
Fullstack Academy grads are highly sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.
Cal Poly Extended Education Tech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy graduates.
Who Should Attend
The bootcamps are specifically designed for beginners. There’s no experience required to apply, be accepted, or succeed.
Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:
If this sounds like you, apply today and join others just like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.
The cyber curriculum is broken down into these areas:
Cybersecurity Fundamentals (confidentiality, integrity, and availability Triad, virtualization, and how to identify threats, vulnerabilities, and risks)
Asset and Inventory Management (Computing and networking basics, Linux command line, and bash scripting)
Network Systems (Networking, Wireshark, encoding and encryption, Open Systems Interconnection/OSI model, and firewalls)
Programming with Python (Variables, loops and conditionals, string and list methods, dictionaries, regular expressions, and log parsing)
System Administration (Windows administration and management, active directory, and group policy)
Red Team - Offense (Web vulnerabilities, penetration testing, OWASP Top 10, social engineering, Burp Suite, Cross-site scripting, SQL injection, and Metasploit)
Blue Team - Defense (Logs/log analysis, Splunk, security information and event management, digital forensics, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and incident response).
Students also participate in career simulations throughout the program and interactive labs, as well as build the cybersecurity knowledge needed to take the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam.
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 Cybersecurity 101.
Students can prepare to take the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam with training provided in bootcamp and additional studying. The price of the exam 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. Alumni will also have access to a job board and have the opportunity to be connected with companies and organizations in our Employer Partner Network who are actively seeking qualified candidates.
Ready to Start Learning?
Once you’re ready to start your tech journey, here are the steps you can expect in the admissions process.
- Fill out our online application form
- Take our nontechnical assessment
- No cyber experience required
- Covers logical reasoning
- Sent to you immediately upon submission of application
- Receive an entrance decision