Become a
Digital Defender

KU Cybersecurity Boot Camp |
Learn Cybersecurity in 24 Weeks

  • Global Network: Gain access to a network of 250+ employers looking to hire.
  • CompTIA Partnership: Get a head start on certification test prep.
  • Student Success: Stay on track with personalized academic support.
  • Career Support: Access free professional resources throughout your career.

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Next Start Date:

July 22, 2024

Time to Complete:

24 Weeks, part-time

Live Online Classes:

9 hours per week

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The Support You Need to Transform Your Career

Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand global fields today. We’re committed to equipping you with the fundamental skills you need to make an impact while providing unparalleled support and resources before, during, and after your boot camp.

  • Stay on track with a dedicated student success advisor.
  • edX Xpert support available for students 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Connect with engaged instructors, teaching assistants, and peers for academic support.
  • Additional academic services may be available in select boot camps.

Join the Front Lines of Digital Defense

The economic impact of cyber crime is growing: In 2020, the average cost to businesses affected by a data breach in the United States was $8.64 million, up 32% from 2015, and nearly double the global average.1

You can help protect organizations and populations — and change your entire career trajectory. As the world grows more connected and automated (and therefore, more vulnerable), the demand for cybersecurity specialists is on the rise. Information security is a fast-growing field,2 and No. 6 on Glassdoor’s Top 50 Jobs in America for 2022.3

1Statista.com
2Bureau of Labor Statistics
3Glassdoor

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Top Employers Hire Our Boot Camp Learners

Our boot camp learners go on to work for some of the world’s top companies, including over 62% of the Fortune 100.

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Further Your Career

Our Career Engagement Network will help you apply the tools and knowledge you have learned to advance your career. We will help you optimize your resume and LinkedIn profile, prepare for interviews, and build your portfolio. You’ll also have access to free career resources throughout your professional life.

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A Proud CompTIA Partner

We know how important certification is for our students. That’s why we chose CompTIA as a partner to provide you with a complimentary CertMaster test prep tool and an exam voucher to take the CompTIA certification exam of your choice: Security+, Network+, Linux+, Server+, or Cloud+.

While the boot camp itself does not provide test preparation, a portion of the final module is dedicated to helping you learn and leverage the CertMaster Test Prep Tool for the Security+ exam and some CEH content to get you started.

Innovative Curriculum. In-Demand Skills.

In 24 weeks, KU Cybersecurity Boot Camp will prepare you with the technical skills you need to protect digital environments. Through an immersive hands-on curriculum, you will not only learn fundamental cybersecurity methods, but also put them into action through practical exercises.

The curriculum is delivered through live, online classes and high-quality coursework. Our instructors are fully vetted by the university and offer 1-on-1 virtual guidance to learners throughout the program.

Learn to think like a cybersecurity professional by assessing threats and mitigating risks.

  • What you will learn:

  • CIA triad
  • Governance
  • Compliance
  • Disaster recovery
  • Risk analysis and risk mitigation
  • Business continuity planning

Gain hands-on experience working with the command line and bash commands that are prominent in IT roles. You will configure and audit servers, as well as harden and secure them from malicious attacks.

  • What you will learn:

  • Linux server configuration
  • Windows server configuration
  • Tar, Cron, and CronJobs
  • Logging
  • Bash scripting and programming
  • Active directory
  • Kerberos

Dive into network configuration, design, protocols, and data communication.

  • What you will learn:

  • Network architecture, operations, and security
  • Wireshark and traffic analysis
  • Email security
  • Wireless security
  • Cryptography and encryption
  • Port scanning
  • Cloud security and virtualization

Dive into Security Information and Event Management (SIEMs) and network security monitoring, practice responding to different breaches and attacks, and learn how to recover deleted data as part of preparing evidence for a legal case.

  • What you will learn:

  • Splunk
  • Monitoring and logging
  • Incident response
  • Forensics
  • Data extraction and recovery

Gain a thorough understanding of web applications, databases, and the vulnerabilities and hardening associated with them.

  • What you will learn:

  • Burp Suite
  • Zenmap
  • SQL injection
  • Webshells
  • Pivoting networks
  • Searchsploit and Metasploit
  • Penetration testing execution standard
  • XSS vulnerabilities and payloads
  • File inclusion and command injection vulnerabilities

Focus on certification prep for Security+ and CEH exams, and conclude the program with a final group project.

Now You’re Ready

By the time you’ve completed the boot camp, you will have mastered in-demand skills, built an impressive portfolio of projects applying your new skills in practical scenarios, and earned a valuable non-credit Certificate of Completion.

Learn on Your Schedule

This is a part-time program designed for working professionals like you who want to learn cybersecurity to advance careers, enhance skills for a current role, or change career paths.

Time to complete24 weeks
Live classes9 hrs/week
Homework & projects 20+ hrs/week
Class time3 weekday evenings (3 hrs/week)

Invest in Your Career. Explore Financial Options.

Cybersecurity boot camp fee: $13,000

Interest-Free Payment Plan

Pay an initial deposit and split the rest of your tuition into monthly installments over the length of the program with no interest.

Pay in Full Discount

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive $500 off your total fee.

Alumni Scholarship

Alumni are eligible for a $500 scholarship.

AmeriCorps

The program is eligible to use your AmeriCorps award.

Climb Credit

Helps students find and fund career training programs.

Employer Funding

Use available educational benefits or tuition sponsorship from your employer.

Workforce Funding

Workforce development assistance may be available through federal, state, and local offices.

edX Boot Camps does not receive any commissions or payments for referrals or successful loan applications. The lender’s loan approval criteria will apply and you should consider the terms and conditions of any loan carefully. We are not credit advisors. We make no representations about whether you will be given a loan or whether a loan will be suitable for you. We are not responsible for representations made to you by any credit provider.

What Boot Camp Graduates Are Saying

  • “It gave me the skills and high level experience needed to transition into the IT world. I’m very pleased I took the boot camp as it propelled my career.”

    Jennifer D.
  • “Career Services helped me to set achievable goals and laid out an easy plan for me to follow. A whole new world of opportunities was presented to me … and now I have a job in a field I love due to the great guidance I received.”

    Addison T.
  • “It was challenging, which made me better. Our instructor was helpful; he pushed us to think bigger.”

    Jeff A.

A Powerful Educational Partnership

About the University of Kansas

Since 1866, the University of Kansas has been committed to ushering in the next generation of leaders, creative thinkers, and mavericks through the guiding values of perseverance, positivity, and restless innovation. Today, those traditions are kept alive by expert faculty and more than 350,000 Jayhawk alumni around the world.

This program is offered through the University of Kansas Jayhawk Global unit, in partnership with edX.

About edX

edX, part of 2U Inc., works with respected universities and organizations to deliver innovative, skills-based training to a community of over 45 million learners around the world to support them at every stage of their lives and careers. edX delivers boot camps through an immersive learning experience with expert services and valuable resources. As of 2021, graduates have been hired by 6,700+ companies, including more than 62% of the Fortune 100.

About the Boot Camp

This boot camp, offered in partnership with edX, is made available through a unique consortium delivery model to provide skills-based learning to participants across Kansas and beyond. Participants will be taught by a university-approved instructor, while learning alongside students from other consortium-participating universities and institutions. Upon meeting the completion requirements, participants will be issued a Certificate of Completion from University of Kansas Jayhawk Global.

The Next Cybersecurity Boot Camp Starts July 22, 2024. Reserve Your Spot Today!

It only takes a minute to request information and be put in touch with a member of the admissions team who can answer questions and get your application started.