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eBay-like auction site created for stolen data




The operators of the REvil ransomware have launched a new auction site used to sell victim’s stolen data to the highest bidder. REvil, otherwise known as Sodinokibi, is a ransomware operation that breaches corporate networks using exposed remote desktop services, spam, exploits, and hacked Managed Service Providers. Once established on a network, they quietly spread laterally through the company while stealing unencrypted data from workstations and exposed servers.

Source: Bleeping Computer


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IOTW: Microsoft Exchange, The FBI & A Lack Of Patching




The Microsoft Exchange hack is still in progress because some organizations still haven’t patched the on-premises version of the software yet. As we reported last month, the zero-day attack has infected companies of all sizes across multiple industries

The cyberattack is worrisome enough that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been quietly removing the web shells from infected systems unbeknownst to American citizens, acting on a warrant issued by the Department of Justice, because so many organizations lack the cybersecurity expertise or focus they need to deal with the issue themselves. 

The Facts

On March 2, 2021, security firm Volexity discovered a Microsoft Exchange flaw that allowed hackers to install web shells to exfiltrate data and credentials. According to Microsoft, the four CVEs involved include:

  • CVE-2021-26855
  • CVE-2021-26857
  • CVE-2021-26858
  • CVE-2021-27065

The first CVE provides access. The last three enable code execution. Bloomberg reported that 120,000 systems had been infected and less than 10,000 remained unpatched as of March 22, 2021. Microsoft released patches for all four vulnerabilities on March 2 which targeted Microsoft Exchange 2013, 2016 and 2019 servers and a security update on April 14. The company also identified the Chinese state-sponsored hacking group which Microsoft calls “HAFNIUM” had successful breached infectious disease researchers, law firms, higher education institutions, defense contractors, policy think tanks and non-government organizations (NGOs).

On April 14, NIST published four other unique CVEs, all of which involve remote execution. They include:

  • CVE-2021-28480
  • CVE-2021-28481
  • CVE-2021-28482
  • CVE-2021-28483

The operative words now are “discovery” and “remediation.” While the FBI’s efforts are arguably necessary, organizations cannot rely on the agency for their safety. In addition to gaining remote control of the Exchange Servers, bad actors are also installing DearCry ransomware on compromised Exchange servers. Worse, other bad actors in addition to HAFNIUM are exploiting the vulnerabilities.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is encouraging organizations to examine their systems for tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and indicators of compromise (IOCs). In fact, the agency reposted TTP info provided by Volexity to help administrators determine whether their company’s server has been compromised. As a first incident response step, the agency recommends forensic activities that involves the collection of four artifacts: memory, all registry hives, all windows event logs and all web pages. CISA also encourages companies to read Microsoft’s advisory and security blog post for additional information. 

Quick Tips

This cyberattack underscores the necessity of patching. However, since this was a zero-day attack, there was no way to combat it until the exploit was discovered, Microsoft issued emergency patches and companies actually installed them. 

If your company lacks a cybersecurity expert, team or focus: Run the Microsoft Exchange On-premises Mitigation Tool which automatically detects breaches and installs a patch. Otherwise:

  1. CISA has discovered and posted 10 webshells used in the attacks, which are only some of them. There is a detailed analysis of each one here.
  2. Read Volexity’s blog post which lists TTPs and what to do about them, including identifying signs of a compromise.
  3. Do a forensic analysis which includes collecting artifacts so triage can be performed.
  4. Install the April 13 Microsoft Exchange security update which resolves the vulnerabilities.

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Cybersecurity Bootcamps

Perhaps you’re an IT administrator who wants to move into defense. Or an analyst looking for hands-on experience with pen research and ethical hacking. Alternatively, you may be a self-taught techie looking to break into the industry. Whatever you are (or want to be), there’s a cybersecurity Bootcamp waiting for you!

Is it, however, the best investment? Can you put your confidence in the service provider? What do you look for in a good marker? How far would it set you back? We’ve put together this no-nonsense guide to cybersecurity bootcamps to help you make an educated decision. ETPs, admissions standards, curricula, credential prep, funding options, and much more can all be found here.

Are you ready to take the risk? All of your choices are listed in our cybersecurity Bootcamp directory.

What are Cybersecurity Bootcamps?

A Cybersecurity Bootcamp’s Concept
Cybersecurity bootcamps are intensive training programs aimed at preparing you for entry-level cybersecurity positions. Bootcamps for intermediate and advanced students can help you apply for mid-to upper-level positions (e.g. penetration tester).

Bootcamps are shorter (less than a year) than undergraduate and graduate qualifications, and they can be delivered by a variety of sources, including private companies and skills academies. Bootcamps for self-taught tech enthusiasts and bootcamps for more seasoned IT professionals and aspiring managers are available.

Why should you enroll in a cybersecurity Bootcamp?

In a nutshell? Effectiveness. Bootcamps for cybersecurity are designed to get you in and out of training quickly. You won’t get an academic credential (e.g., a graduate diploma or a master’s degree), so you’ll get a lot of other benefits:

    • Part-time students have a flexible evening and weekend schedule, while full-time students have a more focused schedule.
    • Safety experts in the field developed curricula.
    • Security coursework that is challenging and reflects current trends and issues
    • Awareness of the most up-to-date security tools and technologies
    • Real-world instruction, qualification preparation, and career guidance are all available.
    • The cost of tuition is less than the cost of a degree.

Cybersecurity Bootcamp Providers

Academic Providers

Cybersecurity bootcamps are available at both public and private non-profit colleges and universities. However, every university in our directory has chosen to work with either Trilogy Education Services or HackerU. The services are created and structured by these two organizations, with the university acting as a host.

That means that when you look at Bootcamp details on university websites, you’ll notice that they all have the same coursework, structure, and job outcomes. More information on this phenomenon can be found in our directory.

Independent Providers

    • This group includes many of the providers in our directory, such as skills academies, training firms, and the like.
    • Some were created specifically to be IT academies (e.g. SecureSet Academy, Sun Training Center, etc.)
    • Some were founded by charismatic entrepreneurs (e.g. Woz U, NextGenT, etc.).
    • Some are the offshoots of a software firm (e.g. Open Cloud Academy, which is run by Rackspace).

You’ll find a lot of variation in these cybersecurity bootcamps because providers want to play to their strengths. Others will make sure to include specific subjects (such as cloud computing, SIEM administration, and so on) in their curricula, while others will concentrate on specific skill sets. We suggest spending a few minutes on the company’s website’s “About” tab to learn more about who’s behind the curtain.

What Are Eligible Training Providers (ETPs)?

Independent businesses and academies can list themselves as “Eligible Training Providers” on their websites (ETPs). This means that their state has determined that they are entitled to provide training under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Consider the following scenario:

    • is a division of the Florida Vocational Institute (FVI), a Florida ETP.
    • ETPs in Texas include Open Cloud Academy and Divergence Academy.
    • SecureSet Academy is a Colorado-based ETP.
    • DevLeague is a Hawaii-based ETP.

For adult learners and dislocated jobs, going to an ETP also opens doors to state grants and scholarships (e.g. SecureSet Academy students have successfully applied for grants from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment). Your local job center will be able to assist you in determining whether you are eligible for WIOA training programs and how to access funding. You may also look for WIOA Qualified Training Providers based on their location.

How Cybersecurity Bootcamps Work?

Choosing Your Skill Level

How We Made The 3 Designations?

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced cybersecurity Bootcamp are divided into three groups. However, you should be aware that there is some overlap! A beginner Bootcamp may have useful intermediate-level coursework, while an intermediate Bootcamp may not have enough advanced subjects to meet your needs. Before you make a decision, carefully review the program and implementation pages.


    • Beginner Bootcamp is designed for people with little to no prior IT job experience or formal education (e.g. self-taught tech enthusiasts).
    • It’s possible that a high school diploma is the only educational prerequisite.
    • In beginner Bootcamp, fundamental courses in networking and operating systems are common.

For example, TechLaunch’s Cyber Security and Network Technician Program claims to help you develop your networking skills from the ground up, training you for certifications like Network+ and Security+.


Intermediate bootcamps often expect you to have a working knowledge of IT fundamentals when you begin the program. Prerequisites may include the following:

    • Certification for Network+
    • Awareness of networking, applications, and programming
    • A few years of general IT work experience is needed.

For example, Evolve Security’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp requires candidates to have a basic understanding of computer science, networking principles, and the Linux command line. Meanwhile, the bulk of DevLeague Bootcamp applicants have a computer science or other academic background.


Bootcamps that focus on particular skill sets in penetration testing, application security testing, and ethical hacking have been given the advanced mark. However, review the curricula once more.

Intermediate programs can provide challenging courses that are directly applicable to your job (e.g. reverse engineering, advanced ethical hacking, PCI-DSS in the real world, etc.).

Bootcamp Format & Factors

Delivery Method

On-campus or hybrid cybersecurity bootcamps are the most popular (i.e. a mixture of online and on-campus coursework). This means you’ll have access to your professors, laboratories, career programs, and professional support on a regular basis. Then there’s the cost of driving!

There are, however, 100% online bootcamps available. Some have a set schedule, whereas others (such as Springboard’s offerings) are self-paced. Evolve Security, for example, offers both an on-campus and a virtual version of the same bootcamp. All online options are flagged in our directory.

Time Commitment

The duration of a cybersecurity bootcamp typically varies between 12 weeks (three months) and 36 weeks (nine months). In the 5-6 month range, you’ll find a variety of choices. There may be part-time or full-time jobs.

There are, however, outliers. The Practical Penetration Testing and Practical Application Security Testing programs at Evolve Security, for example, are both 5 weeks long. The bootcamp at NextGenT is totally self-paced.

Keep in mind that coursework will not take up any of the time. You’ll also be working on independent ventures, attending career activities to network with other professionals, and (possibly) commuting to and from campus.

Course Structure & Schedule

The websites for bootcamps are very comprehensive. You’ll typically find information about how classes are organized (e.g., 50% lectures and discussions; 50% labs) as well as a weekly schedule breakdown. Generally speaking:

    • Full-time programs can require you to be on campus between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Part-time programs also hold classes in the evenings (e.g., 6 p.m.–9 p.m.) and on weekends.

Many providers (such as SecureSet Academy, Divergence Academy, and others) prefer to hold labs on Saturdays. This allows you to devote the whole day to tasks and practical exercises.

Admissions Requirements

Application Process

    • Since there are no specific education standards for cybersecurity bootcamps—each one is different—we recommend that you read the application/admissions and FAQ sections for more details.
    • As previously mentioned, beginner bootcamps often accept people with little or no prior experience. If your skills aren’t up to par, you might need to take a preparatory course or program first (see below).
    • Intermediate bootcamps will often look for a basic understanding of programming and security principles. Certification in Network+ is a common prerequisite.
    • Bootcamps can require you to take a skills test, complete a fast technical & security challenge, and/or participate in a brief interview as part of the application process.
    • Candidates with a BS in a related field and baseline certifications (e.g. Security+) can have an advantage when it comes to advanced options.
    • Since successful bootcamps have a lot of competition for slots, it’s a good idea to review the criteria and focus on any technical flaws before applying. It’s also worth noting that graduates are given preference in certain situations. Consider the following example:
    • Any applicants to Evolve Security’s Practical Penetration Testing program who have completed its Cyber Security Bootcamp are pre-qualified.
    • Candidates who have completed NPower’s Tech Fundamentals curriculum are eligible to apply for the Cybersecurity Training program.

Prep Programs/Prerequisite Work

You don’t know anything about networking or programming? Do you lack any basic technical skills? You may be able to get this information ahead of time. Consider the following example:

    • DevLeague offers a standardized 4-week Cyber Prep curriculum that will teach you about computer hardware, operating systems, networking, Bash, and Python programming.
    • Prep Workshops have been developed by SecureSet Academy to cover the fundamentals of networks, frameworks, and Python.
    • Evolve Security offers Bootcamp Preparation Exercises.
    • A one-week Network Fundamentals Boot Camp is offered by Open Cloud Academy.
    • A free Network+ course is available from i2 Labs Academy.
    • Some will be free, while others will require additional tuition. Take a close look at the small print

What You’ll Learn in Cybersecurity Bootcamps?


Hands-on instruction, class discussions, and independent study are all common features of cybersecurity bootcamps’ curriculums. In a separate section below, we’ve set out the usual coursework. Here are some other important considerations to remember when weighing your options:

  • Coursework: appropriate for your skill level and job objectives? Check out what topics (such as Malware, Secure Design Principles, Firewalls, and so on) and resources (such as Splunk, Kali, Advanced Linux, OpenSSL, CarbonBlack, Hashcat, and so on) are covered in each course. A list of top skills requested for unique security positions can be found on the CyberSeek Career Pathway.
  • Certification Prep:  to train you for applicable qualification exams (such as Security+)? While this isn’t the “be all and end all” of a bootcamp, it is an essential component of the program.
  • Practice Labs: How many hours a week do you get to spend doing lab exercises and training? What technological services and tools would you have access to?
  • Live Scenarios: Will you be able to take part in real-world simulations, hacking attacks, Red Team exercises, and other activities?
  • Real-World Experience Are you willing to collaborate with non-profits on security issues? Is it possible for you to complete a set of rotations in a security operations center? Will you do an internship?
  • Career Opportunities: Does the bootcamp offer a career training course? Is it possible to get assistance with résumé writing, interview preparation, and pay negotiations, among other things? Will you have the chance to network and meet with employers and guest instructors at networking events?

Is there a way to prove your worth in the final project? Some bootcamps have a final course that will put your skills to the test. This may be in the form of a test (e.g., Evolve Security) or a capstone project (e.g., Evolve Security) (e.g. Springboard). Other bootcamps, such as SecureSet Academy, would require you to build a portfolio of work that you can present to potential employers.

Typical Coursework

There is a lot of overlap between cybersecurity bootcamps. When you visit the directory’s bootcamp websites, you’ll notice that the following courses appear frequently:

    • Security Fundamentals/Foundations
    • Network Defense & Security
    • Management of Risk
    • Vulnerabilities and Threats
    • Cryptography is a technique for encrypting
    • Computer Forensics is the study of how computers can be used to solve crimes.
    • Developing a Career
    • Preparation for certification (usually Security+)
    • Depending on the bootcamp you choose, you can also encounter:

Maintaining Computers and Operating Systems; System Administration; Network Foundations; Introduction to Linux; Windows Server; and so on are examples of beginner courses.

Advanced Systems; SIEM Admin; Advanced SIEM; Ethical Hacking; Incident Handling/Response; Advanced Linux; Security Audits & Cyber Security Management; and so on are examples of intermediate courses.

Advanced Infrastructure Attacks; Wireless Pentesting & Exploitation; Python Programming for Security; and so on are examples of advanced courses for pen testers.

However, don’t be concerned about the cookie-cutter influence! Every Bootcamp we’ve seen has a unique take on the subject. Others may focus heavily on tools and strategies, while others can cover topics such as administration, management, and strategy for aspiring CISOs. You should be able to find coursework that concerns you.

Online Bootcamps

100% of online cybersecurity bootcamps follow the same curriculum as their on-campus counterparts when it comes to coursework. However, there are a few additional considerations:

    • Delivery of the Course: What is the format of a lecture? Are they synchronous (in the sense that you must log on at certain times) or asynchronous (in the sense that you may log on whenever you want)? Is HD video of the talks available? Is it possible for you to participate in a course demonstration or observe a class?
    • Practice Labs: How are they delivered (e.g., through a browser)? Do they compare to on-campus experiences in terms of quality? Can you have access to commercially available tools and resources? Is there someone who can help you through the process? Springboard, for example, allows you to test security software against a fictional company’s network environment.
    • Projects in the Real World: How does the bootcamp help you gain work-related experience? Is it possible for it to assist you in liaising with a local business in need of assistance (e.g. internships or security consulting)? What would you be able to use in your curriculum vitae? Woz U, for example, assists its online students in developing a project portfolio to present to potential employers.

Is it possible to have one-on-one experiences with a mentor? Will you be paired with a mentor? Springboard, for example, holds a weekly 30-minute call with a cybersecurity specialist. Group teaching assistants, career mentors, and student counselors are also available to students.

    • Networking: Are you able to collaborate with other students in study groups? Is there some team-based project in the curriculum? After graduation, how can you keep in contact with alumni?

Measurable Outcomes

Professional Certification Preparation

    • Almost every beginner and intermediate bootcamp cover the topics covered in the CompTIA Security+ test. Furthermore:
    • A variety of beginner bootcamps are available to help you prepare for the CompTIA Network+ exam.
    • Intermediate bootcamps can provide study for the (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications (CISSP).
    • Certain courses can also help you prepare for related IT certifications (such as Cisco’s CCNA or CompTIA’s Cloud+).
    • You’ll be introduced to specialist options once you’ve progressed to the advanced level:
    • Penetration training and hacking bootcamps are often used to train students for the EC-Certified Council’s Ethical Hacker exam (CEH).
    • HackerU’s Ethical Hacking Bootcamp will also prepare you for the OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) qualification in addition to CEH.
    • Some services will also guide you through practice tests and offer you an exam voucher after you’ve completed the program. On their websites, bootcamps will state credential information upfront. If you’re unsure, get proof.

Other Qualifications

Training institutes will issue you a certificate of completion upon graduation. That’s nice if prospective employers recognize the company (for example, Rackspace), but it’s not so helpful if the company is unknown. Some independent providers have also created their own certifications (for example, the Evolve Security Certified Professional—ESCP).

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are available at some bootcamps (e.g. SecureSet Academy); inquire with the admissions coordinator for more details.

Cybersecurity Bootcamps vs. Certification Exam Prep

When you’re narrowing down your options, keep in mind that cybersecurity bootcamps and credential test prep programs are two very different things. The first is a deep dive into security topics, while the second is a crash course designed to prepare you for specific certification exams (such as Security+). Here’s how they stack up…

How Much Do Cybersecurity Bootcamps Cost?

Tuition & Costs

Average Tuition

The majority of cybersecurity bootcamps range in price from $12,000 to $20,000. Outliers, such as Evolve Security’s 5-week Practical Penetration Testing program (for example, $3,200), would be less expensive.

Per Month Vs. Flat Tuition

    • In certain cases, you’ll be able to pay “every month,” which is how Springboard operates. Consider the following scenario:
    • In the self-paced Introduction to Security bootcamp, students pay $299 a month for as long as they need it (most folks finish in 3 months).
    • Students enrolled in the Cybersecurity Career Track bootcamp have the option of paying $2,900 upfront or $599 a month for as long as they need it (most folks finish within 6 months).
    • Springboard points out that if you choose the upfront choice, you’ll likely save money (19%). However, you would prefer to spread out your expenses when you’re working.

Registration & Fees

Registration fees, tuition for trial courses or prep packages, and all other required charges should all be avoided. Bootcamps do not come with additional university fees, unlike graduate certificates and degrees, but there could still be costs you haven’t considered.

Course Materials & Equipment

A high-powered laptop and a strong Internet connection are usually required for bootcamps (especially if you’re studying online). Extra course materials and equipment may or may not be needed to be paid for. Some training companies and academies make open-source tools a priority.

Transportation & Housing

Are you considering on-campus bootcamps? Take into account your travel expenses as well as your living condition. If you’re planning on moving to the area solely for the bootcamp, you’ll almost certainly be the one to find housing. The university or academy may be able to provide suggestions in certain cases. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions section and speak with the admissions coordinator.

Funding Options

Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships are available from a variety of sources, including private training firms and academies. Woz U and Evolve Security, for example, have funds for military personnel, veterans, minorities, women, and others. Scholarships ranging from $250 to $5,000 have been offered. Traditional universities typically offer small stipends (for example, $500).

State and Federal Aid: If you’re considering a bootcamp from an ETP provider, we also suggest looking into state grants and federal funding options. Federal financial assistance is available to those who apply at, for example.

Grants for Training: If you have a low income or want to retrain in IT, see if any organizations in your region provide training grants. For example, Project Quest, a non-profit workforce development organization, funds many San Antonio students in Open Code Academy’s Bootcamp.

Payment Plans & Loans

Loan Programs: The Skills Fund has partnered with a variety of different providers to establish loan programmes (e.g. DevLeague, Divergence Academy, and Evolve Security). Skills Fund offers low-interest student loans for tuition and living expenses for these bootcamps.

Staggered payment plans are also available from some providers. DevLeague, for example, has developed TADS, which spreads tuition for part-time students over the course of the program.

Deferred Payment: In some circumstances, you will be able to postpone the payment. Springboard offers a “pay when you get a job” alternative to a small group of students. When you enroll, you pay a small deposit; tuition is due until you get a position in cybersecurity.

Sponsorship by a business

Are you currently employed in an IT role with a business you enjoy? Inquire with your boss about sponsorship opportunities. Your employer may be willing to help finance your education because bootcamps are short, concentrated, and skills-oriented.

Military Compensation

We also want to inform veterans and active-duty military personnel that certain independent providers have GI Bill benefits (e.g. Open Cloud Academy and SecureSet Academy). Check with the admissions coordinator for more details.

Will a Cybersecurity Bootcamp Advance Your Career?

Defining Your Career Goals

Even as training programs scramble to produce graduates, demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow. On CyberSeek, a free online resource created by the US government, you can see this phenomenon in action. NIST, Burning Glass, and CompTIA are all part of the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The Interactive Career Pathway is a visual representation of various work titles. The most commonly requested education qualifications, certifications, and skills, as well as average salary estimates, are listed under each title.

The Supply/Demand Heat Map for Cybersecurity will show you which states have the highest demand.

Are you looking for a beginner bootcamp? Examine the educational credentials needed for the career path in detail. You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to apply for cybersecurity analyst/technician jobs, for example, but you’ll be up against a lot of people who do. Consider bootcamps that provide real-world activities and internship placement whether you have a high school diploma or an AS.

Completion & Hiring Rates

Cybersecurity bootcamps that track completion and hiring rates are particularly appealing to us. It’s a clear indicator of high quality. Evolve Security, for example, states in its FAQ section that—as of February 2019:

    • Within six months, 98 percent of its graduates looking for work in cybersecurity were employed.
    • The median pay rise for hired graduates was 63 percent.
    • On average, job-seeking graduates were employed in 79 days.
    • The estimated gross income for graduates was $62,200.
    • Similarly, Open Cloud Academy boasts in its enrollment segment that over the last 5 years:
    • It was completed with a 98 percent success rate.
    • Women made up 23% of the students, and Project Quest funded 65% of them.
    • Students supported by Project Quest have registered a 193 percent salary raise.
    • Request these data points if they aren’t available on the bootcamp’s website.

Corporate Partners

Find out if the bootcamp has any corporate partners when you’re looking at recruiting rates. Corporate partners are often involved in the creation of curricula and real-world programs, and they may be able to recruit graduates. Consider the following scenario:

  • Rackspace, WP Engine, Jungle Disk, Liquid Web, IPSecure, and GlobalSCAPE are among the Texas-based employer partners at Open Cloud Academy.
  • SpiderBoost, LaunchCode (i.e. teacher jobs), StartHub, and Tango Mango are among’s Florida recruiting partners.

Inquire with the admissions coordinator about the types of companies that usually attend the bootcamp’s career fairs, networking activities, and recruiting events.

Salary Boost Vs. Bootcamp Costs

CyberSeek can provide you with information on average cybersecurity salaries. With a bootcamp diploma, you’ll typically be looking at entry-level and mid-level positions. In the year 2019:

    • Salary ranged from $75,000 to $99,000 for entry-level jobs ($99,000 for incident responders, which we consider to be more of a mid-level job).
    • Salary ranged from $85,000 to $102,000 for mid-level positions (Analysts were on the lower end; pen testers earned the most).

If you’re a network administrator or systems analyst, the pay increase from a cybersecurity job may be important. Within 1-2 years of working at your new job, you will be able to recoup the expense of a bootcamp (e.g. $12,000).

Sample Job Titles For Bootcamp Graduates

In order of seniority, here are the work titles we find on cybersecurity bootcamp websites:

    • The administrator of Computer Systems
    • Administrator of Security
    • Analyst for Information Security
    • Analyst of Cybersecurity
    • Risk Analyst for Information Security
    • Analyst in Information Technology Security
    • Analyst for Information Security
    • Analyst for Threat Intelligence
    • Analyst in charge of enforcement
    • Auditor of Information Technology
    • Engineer in charge of security
    • Engineer specializing in information security
    • Engineer in charge of network security
    • Engineer in charge of information security
    • Director of Information Security
    • Consultant in Security
    • Tester for Penetration
    • A hacker with a conscience
    • Employer demand for the top five “core security” job titles, according to CyberSeek results, are:
    • Engineer in Cyber Security
    • Analyst for Cyber Security
    • Manager/Administrator of Cyber Security
    • Vulnerability and Penetration Tester
    • Consultant of Cyber Security

How to Choose a Great Cybersecurity Bootcamp?

Quality Markers

    • Once you’ve narrowed down your options to three or four bootcamps, run through these quality indicators:
    • Relevant curriculum with plenty of job-related subjects and certification readiness classes
    • Faculty with years of experience and credentials, as well as current experts in the field
    • Live interactions and skill-based learning
    • On independent review pages, students have provided positive feedback.
    • Real-world ventures that you can brag about on your resume
    • Internships, mock interviews, résumé building, work placement, and other forms of career assistance are accessible.
    • Completion and recruiting rates are also high (e.g. 95 percent or above)
    • Debt rates are low.
    • Partnerships between employers that are strong

Remember that you don’t have to believe anything a business or university says. You can inquire about a provider’s reputation among your professional contacts, and communicate with bootcamp alumni through LinkedIn to learn about the good and bad.

Return On Investment (ROI)

Finally, you want to enroll in a program that can lead to a higher-paying career. Some bootcamps (such as Evolve Security) keep track of graduates’ salary/wage raises and compensation statistics. Don’t be afraid to inquire about these details with the admissions coordinator.

You should also consider whether a bootcamp is better than a graduate certificate or a degree (BS or MS). Academic degrees are more expensive, but they have a higher return on investment:

The demand for candidates with a bachelor’s degree grows as you progress to mid-level and higher-level cybersecurity roles.

People in high-powered professional roles (for example, a cybersecurity architect working for a multinational corporation) also have a graduate degree.
Before you make a decision, talk to your mentors, coworkers, and boss. If you have strong job goals and a sound career plan, a bootcamp can be a great investment. However, it will not be given for free.



    • Intermediate level
    • Honolulu, Hawaii is the venue.
    • 34 Weeks in length (Part-Time)
    • Price: $14,500

Cyber Security Professional Bootcamp

The part-time schedule of DevLeague’s hybrid bootcamp (online and on-campus) is designed to accommodate working professionals. You’ll be taught a broad variety of security subjects, including ethical hacking and Python programming, and will be prepared for A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications, in addition to simple basics (e.g. networking). There’s also a security mission at the end.

Candidates should have a background in computer science or other technical expertise. Diversity & Elevate grants, the TADS payment plan, and SkillsFund loans are all available as funding options. Career preparation is integrated into the curriculum, and DevLeague’s Employer Partner network sends résumés to hiring managers.

Divergence Academy

    • Advanced level
    • Addison, Texas is the location of this case.
    • Duration: 20 Weeks (Part-Time)
    • Price: $18,000

Cyber Security Professional Penetration Tester Boot Camp

Divergence’s part-time Bootcamp (evenings and Saturdays) balances teaching and hands-on labs 50/50. The curriculum includes Python, PowerShell, and Wireshark, in addition to the usual suspects (network pen checking, ethical hacking, catch the flag cases, and so on). Graduates prepare for CEH certification and go on to work as tier 1+ security engineers, researchers, pen testers, and consultants.

Divergence suggests that candidates have research and analysis skills, a basic knowledge of statistics, and an AS, BS, or MS in business or sciences (though none of these requirements are mandatory!). IT certifications are advantageous, but they are not necessary. The academy provides corporate-sponsored grants, Skills Fund student loans, and financial assistance at its discretion. You might also be able to take advantage of early enrollment tuition discounts if you’re lucky!

Evolve Security

    • Intermediate and advanced levels
    • Online and in Chicago, Illinois
    • 5–17 Weeks in length (Part-Time)
    • Price range: $3,200 – $12,000
    • The unknown is an eligible training provider.

The waterfront is protected by Evolve Protection. The flagship Cyber Security bootcamp is available in a hybrid or entirely online format, and the 5-week testing programs are also conducted entirely online. All of the programs have a strong laboratory component and allow you to earn CPE credits.

Skills Fund offers a variety of merit-based scholarships (for veterans, women, minorities, and other groups) as well as loan options. To position graduates, Evolve Security works with a range of security firms and Fortune 500 companies.

Cyber Security Bootcamp – Pro

Cyber Security Bootcamp – Remote

The Cyber Security bootcamp begins with networking and security basics before moving on to cryptography, social engineering, and forensics. You’ll get hands-on experience with big technologies, take part in 1:1 competency tests, and work on live security assessments for non-profits. You’ll obtain a Security+ credential voucher and an Evolve Security Certified Professionals (ESCP) certificate after passing a 3-hour exam and a 7-hour hands-on lab.

Candidates should be familiar with computer science fundamentals, networking principles, and the Linux command line. Those with appropriate degrees, IT certifications, and/or IT & production experience will be given priority.

Practical Penetration Testing

Practical Application Security Testing

The online testing bootcamps offered by Evolve Security are designed for aspiring penetration testers and professionals interested in learning how hackers break into organizations. Live training, recorded lectures, and lab tutorials are used to deliver them; laboratories are based on real-world scenarios (i.e. no capture the flag exercise or invented scenarios). Graduates will be able to perform a complete network and application layer pen test, including scoping, threat modeling, and discovery, as well as vulnerability scanning, exploitation, and reporting.

Candidates should have a basic understanding of TCP/IP and the Linux command line, but programming skills are not necessary. Pre-qualified individuals have completed the Cyber Security bootcamp, have a BS or MS in Information Security, or have Security+, CSA+, CEH, or another related qualification.


    • Beginner and advanced levels
    • Multiple Locations
    • 30 Weeks – 13 Months in length (Part-Time)
    • Cost: $13,000 – $16,000 (includes $1,000 for the trial course)
    • The unknown is an eligible training provider.

HackerU Bootcamps

“Israel’s premier cyber protection and IT education provider,” according to hackerU. It, like Trilogy Education Services, offers training programs to the government, corporations, and continuing education institutions. The bootcamp is delivered by HackerU, and the university or education partner serves as the host.

The Cyber Security Professional Bootcamp and the Cyber Security Ethical Hacking Bootcamp are two choices offered by HackerU. Immersive simulation labs, personalized interview preparation, career planning, and an internship placement assistance program are all included in both options.

You’ll have a phone interview and a face-to-face meeting to decide your career goals and ability level before applying. After that, you’ll enroll in a 40-hour introductory course. After completing the course, you must pass an exam and complete a 1:1 evaluation. After that, you’ll be able to finish the rest of the software.

Cyber Security Professional Bootcamp

This 13-month bootcamp is designed for complete newcomers. The free trial course covers the basics of Windows and Linux operating systems, as well as software and hardware. After that, you can concentrate on Linux, Windows Server 2012, Cisco, and Python, as well as cyber threats and attacks and cybersecurity and architectures courses. You’ll be prepared for the Cisco CCNA, Network+, Security+, and SSCP certification tests. There is no requirement for applicants to have prior IT experience. Those with technical qualifications who are self-taught are encouraged to apply.

Ethical Hacking Bootcamp

This 30-week advanced bootcamp is designed for current IT professionals, programmers and developers, and Cyber Blue Team members. An introduction to encryption and hands-on cyber threat simulations are included in the free trial course. Advanced infrastructure attacks, the cross-platform elevation of rights, Python programming, web application pen checking, and hacking basics are among the courses you’ll take. Drills with the Red Team and real-world laboratories are included. CEH and OSCP certification tests are prepared for students. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent work experience in the fields of information technology, coding, or programming. Ethical hacking, penetration testing, and cybersecurity fraud investigation are among the professions available to graduates.



TurnToTech: Ethical Hacking Bootcamp for Cyber Security

University Of Miami
    • The University of Miami is a public research university in Miami,
    • Cyber Security Ethical Hacking Bootcamp at the University of Miami
    • Cyber Security Professional Bootcamp at the University of Miami

I2 Labs Academy

    • Intermediate level
    • Miami, Florida is the venue.
    • 20 weeks (full-time); part-time options available
    • Price: $12,000
    • The unknown is an eligible training provider.

Cybersecurity Bootcamp

The i2 Labs Academy bootcamp is a “soup to nuts” curriculum that covers Linux, PowerShell, ethical hacking, SIEM, wireless network protection, mobile platform security, and reverse engineering, among other topics. The importance of labs and project-based activities is stressed. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a series of rotations in a real security operations center.

A high school diploma or GED is required, as well as a basic understanding of computer networks (Network+ certification or the equivalent is recommended). i2 Labs Academy and other lending institutions will help you get a loan. Entry-level security analysts, security managers, and pen testers are among the positions available to graduates.


    • Intermediate level
    • San Jose, California, and online
    • Self-Paced Length
    • Cost: not specified
    • The unknown is an eligible training provider.

Cyber Security Specialist Program

NextGenT’s online curriculum was still in the works as of Spring 2019, so specifics on coursework and style are scarce. We can tell you that it will cover cryptography, network security, and white hat hacking, as well as teach essential skills in protecting corporate networks, hardware, software, and data. Terry Kim and Jacob Hess formed NextGenT. In addition, the organization provides 1000+ practice labs, expert mentors, and centered projects (e.g. networking).


    • Beginner’s level
    • New York City, NY, and Dallas, TX are the two locations.
    • Duration: 26 Weeks (Full-Time)
    • Alumni of NPower are eligible for a free ticket.
    • Unknown is an eligible training provider.

Cybersecurity Training Program

This is a unique situation! NPower is a non-profit organization that offers free technology training and career advancement to young adults (18-25) as well as military veterans and spouses. Its free full-time bootcamp is only for NPower Tech Power Fundamentals graduates who want to advance their IT skills.

These fortunate students receive a weekly stipend, individual mentorship with senior-level security professionals, and the opportunity to gain Network+ and Security+ certifications, as well as an IT Generalist Apprenticeship certificate in TX and CA, in exchange for their studies. A 12-week paid internship, career growth seminars, and access to NPower’s alumni network are also included in the curriculum. Cybersecurity analysts, information security risk analysts, and network administrators are among the positions available to graduates.

Open Cloud Academy

    • Intermediate level
    • San Antonio, Texas is the location of this case.
    • 13 Weeks in Length (Full-Time)
    • Price: $16,000

Cyber Security Bootcamp

Rackspace, a cloud computing company based in San Antonio, founded Open Cloud Academy (OCA). That means this full-time, fast-paced bootcamp focuses primarily on hands-on skills, with just 20% of the time spent in lectures. You’ll take two dedicated courses that will train you for Security+ and CISSP topics, in addition to learning subjects like Linux, Windows support basics, and IT auditing & PCI-DSS. (Exam vouchers will be given out after graduation.) You’ll also take part in job seminars, a volunteer day, a Rackspace trip, and networking activities with employers.

Candidates must show evidence of Network+ Certification or complete (and pass) the academy’s free 1-week Network Fundamentals Boot Camp in order to be considered. Project Quest, a non-profit organization in San Antonio, funds a significant number of students in OCA’s program. GI Bill and VA Education benefits are also accepted at OCA.

SecureSet Academy

    • Intermediate and advanced levels
    • Denver, Colorado is the location of this case.
    • 12 – 36 weeks in length (Full-Time & Part-Time)
    • The price ranges from $11,950 to $19,950.

SecureSet Academy offers a variety of intensive bootcamps in full-time and part-time formats. Students will prepare for applicable industry certifications by splitting the curriculum 50/50 between teaching and laboratories (e.g. hands-on activities and product training). You’ll build a portfolio of your security work instead of taking a final exam.

Applicants to all of the bootcamps must go through a 1-3 week application process, which could include 1-2 interviews. While certain bootcamps have clear recommendations, there are no absolute requirements. (There are study guides, foundation workshops, and preparation courses available.) Scholarships and GI Bill incentives are available through SecureSet. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has also given scholarships to students.

CORE Cybersecurity Engineering Bootcamp

The CORE curriculum is a 20-week interactive bootcamp that covers network security, device security, logs and detection, threat intelligence, and cryptography, among other topics. However, courses like Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), strategy & analysis, and security culture are more management-oriented. Applicants must have a basic understanding of networking and programming. Tier 1+ security engineers, researchers, pen testers, and consultants are among the jobs available to graduates.

HUNT Cybersecurity Analytics Bootcamp

The HUNT program is designed for aspiring cybersecurity researchers and lasts for 12 weeks. There is a lot of administrative coursework (network admin, SIEM admin, server admin, etc.) as well as work in security culture, GRC, and strategy & study. Threat intelligence and Hunting skills (such as Threat ID and Surveillance) are discussed in detail. Candidates must have a basic understanding of networking and/or programming, as well as analytical skills. Tier 1+ security analysts, threat analysts, and hunt analysts are popular job titles for graduates.

PATH Cybersecurity Bootcamp

The PATH program (with open laboratories on Saturdays) is a 36-week part-time program that covers a lot of the same ground as the CORE and HUNT programs. It does, however, give you the option of taking either an analytical or an engineering path. Yes, there is foundational coursework, but there are also specialized topics like SIEM, application protection, and incident response. Tier 1+ SOC analysts, threat intel analysts, security consultants, enforcement analysts, security engineers, technical analysts, and pen testers are among the positions available to graduates.


    • Beginner and intermediate levels
    • The location is online.
    • Self-Paced Length (Typically 3-6 Months)
    • Monthly Fee: $299 – $599
    • Unknown is an eligible training provider.

Springboard’s 100% online bootcamps are available in two flavors: an Introduction for beginners and a Career Track for more seasoned professionals. Both services include frequent one-on-one video calls with a personal mentor, professional labs, and intensive practice with current tools—project work can take up about half of your time. You’ll also have access to a private community where you can network with other students and attend weekly office hours for career advice.

When it comes to tuition, you can choose to pay on a monthly basis. Climb Credit will help you get a low-interest loan. Select students may also take advantage of deferred payment, which entails paying a small deposit upfront and the remaining balance after you’ve found work.

Introduction To Cybersecurity

The duration of this program is approximately three months (on average). Security fundamentals, architecture & design, technology & software, threats & vulnerabilities, risk management, cryptography, and other topics are covered in depth. A capstone project based on a real-life security scenario is also available. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the Security+ test. While there are no clear requirements for this bootcamp, a basic understanding of computers and networking would be advantageous.

Cybersecurity Career Track

The Career Track, on the other hand, takes about 6 months to complete. It includes coursework in areas such as safe lifecycle management, application security, application design, programming & implementation, and deployment & maintenance for aspiring software/application security analysts. A multi-part capstone project is included, which includes a detailed risk and vulnerability assessment. Optional CEH and CISSP exam prep materials are given to graduates. Applicants should have professional or entry-level security experience (e.g., IT or Computer Science). Springboard will run a test to see if you have a basic understanding of programming and security principles.

Sun Training Center

  • Intermediate level
  • Miami, Florida is the venue.
  • Duration: 24 Weeks (Part-Time)
  • Cost: not specified
  • Unknown is an eligible training provider.

Cyber Security Program

Sun Training Center was established to meet the demand for skilled IT professionals among employers, so its intensive bootcamp covers all of the major skills required for a security job. Operating device protection, network safety, incident response, ethical hacking, intrusion detection, legal issues, and network security management are all topics covered in this course. Students are prepared to take the Security+ and CEH exams.

Candidates must have at least two years of recorded work experience in networking or a related area (e.g., programming in C/C#/C++, computer networks, operating system architecture, algorithms and data structures, and computer organization).

TechLaunch.Io @ FVI

    • Beginner’s level
    • Miami and Miramar, Florida
    • Duration: 36 Weeks (Full-Time)
    • Price: $14,300

Cyber Security And Network Technician Program

The Florida Vocational Institute hosts, and its program is tailored to the work market in South Florida. Lectures, discussions, drills, and workshops make up the hands-on bootcamp. Fundamentals (such as maintaining computers and operating systems, Linux, and so on), cybersecurity (such as ethical hacking, network defense, and forensics), and specific technologies are all covered (e.g. AWS & Azure, Windows, Cisco routing & switching, etc.). Network+, Security+, and Window Server Administration Fundamentals (MTA-365), as well as a portion of CCNA and Cloud+, are all covered.

Applicants must have a high school diploma and a score of 14 or higher on the Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) to be considered. A New Horizons scholarship (a $500 per-term tuition reduction) is available to alumni of New Horizon Institute’s IT programs. Financial assistance from the federal government is available to those who qualify. The majority of graduates go on to work in IT security and cloud computing.


    • Intermediate level
    • Memphis, Tennessee
    • 11 Weeks in Length (Part-Time)
    • Price: $250
    • Unknown is an eligible training provider.

IT Security Bootcamp

These Memphis-based non-bootcamp profits is a bit of an outlier! It’s an 11-week course that’ll get you ready for the Security+ certification. It does, however, cover soft business skills as well as technical security issues, which is why we included it in the directory.

It’s also inexpensive. This part-time program is just $250 in total, thanks to funding from the First Tennessee Foundation and other organizations. Network+, Cisco CCENT, or a higher level qualification is required of applicants. Security analysts are a popular entry-level position for graduates.

Trilogy Education Services

    • Beginner’s level
    • Multiple Locations
    • Duration: 24 Weeks (Part-Time)
    • Cost: not specified
    • Unknown is an eligible training provider.

Cybersecurity Boot Camp

Trilogy Education Services, headquartered in New York City, collaborates with universities to provide IT boot camps. Courses are held on the campus of a university affiliate. Almost every conventional university in our directory has outsourced their cybersecurity bootcamps to Trilogy, as far as we can tell.

As a result, regardless of which university website you visit, you’ll find the same part-time bootcamp that lasts 24 weeks. Discussions, fieldwork, and hands-on experiments will also be part of the program, as well as portfolio evaluations, project demo days, and interactive tech panels. You’ll study networking, networks, programming & scripting, security, and ethical hacking, and you’ll learn how to use practical tools (e.g. Wireshark, Kali Linux, Metasploit, Python, etc.). You’ll also be prepared to take the Network+ and Security+ exams. Technical interview preparation, one-on-one job counselling, and résumé creation are all examples of career support.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or a GED. While no previous experience is needed, pre-course tutorials will assist you in getting ready for the program. Applicants should be IT experts (e.g., network administrators, web developers, etc. ), supervisors who may treat confidential data, and software enthusiasts. You’ll be required to complete a preliminary phone interview, an academic coding test, and a final interview.

Woz U

    • Beginner’s level
    • The location is online.
    • 33 Weeks in length (Part-Time)
    • Price: $13,200
    • Unknown is an eligible training provider.

Program for Cyber Security

Woz U, which was founded by Steve Wozniak, is now headed by Lee McWhorter. It provides a 100% online bootcamp with HD video coaching, browser-based labs, and live mentoring and teaching. Network protection, system administration, programming foundations, project management, and other basics are included in the curriculum, as well as more specific security topics (e.g. cryptography, web application security, and threats & vulnerabilities). At the conclusion of your studies, you’ll have a project portfolio.

Network+ certification is required of all candidates (or the equivalent). If you don’t, you’ll have to take a test to see if you’re ready. Women, students who agree to specific payment arrangements, and military, veterans, and spouses are also eligible for grants. Career planning (such as résumé writing) and work placement assistance are also included in the bootcamp.

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Guide to an MBA in Cybersecurity




cybersecurity degree

This guide examines the job and compensation prospects for cybersecurity master’s of business administration (MBA) graduates. Similar degrees, various styles of degree programmes, and what to look for in a cybersecurity mba programme are also covered in the guide.

With the rapid growth of information technology and threats to information security, individuals, companies, governments, and all other forms of organisations with information exposed on public information networks like the internet have become more aware of the dangers that hackers can pose.

For the past two decades, the number of staff and budgets dedicated to cybersecurity have grown at a rapid pace. Despite this, the cybersecurity industry’s growth has been stifled by a scarcity of skilled personnel.

Business leaders have recently started to realise that information security is more than just a technological endeavour. A strategy on how to best apply scarce resources must be in place for an organisation to be managed and run effectively and efficiently.

To achieve full gain, careful risk assessments and a well-thought-out plan for allocating funds and staff are required. Managers of cybersecurity operations are in charge of resource distribution, making them an important component of cybersecurity effectiveness.

These management positions necessitate a thorough understanding of not only the technical aspects of cybersecurity, but also the economic effects of cyber-threats and how to assess and mitigate the risk of future attacks.

A strong business experience combined with a grasp of cybersecurity will equip you with the expertise to assess the risks associated with each form of cyber threat and then apply the necessary resources to mitigate the threat and danger.

Intelligent threat risk management is more of a guessing game, or worse, not seen from a risk management perspective at all, without a solid understanding of both disciplines.

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Online vs. campus-based MBAs in cybersecurity

One of the first decisions to make when selecting a college for a master’s degree is whether the programme will be delivered on campus or via an online education channel.

This will largely be determined by how much time students are willing or able to commit to their education, as well as whether a suitable campus programme is located within a reasonable distance of home. Some individuals, on the other hand, learn better in a conventional classroom, and campus-based formats are typically the best option for them.

The main advantage of online courses is, of course, their ease. In this respect, however, not all online programmes are created equal. The degree of convenience is determined by whether the classes are delivered asynchronously or synchronously online.

Though asynchronous online programmes are the most convenient, synchronous programmes often have benefits over campus-based programmes. Since synchronous systems have fixed times for class instruction and, in many cases, student discussion, time and schedule flexibility is restricted. Asynchronous systems, on the other hand, are completely free of time constraints, allowing students to set their own schedules and advance at their own rate.

Although online education has a tainted reputation in the past, high-quality courses from high-quality institutions are now widely accessible and rapidly expanding.

Higher education institutions are increasingly offering hybrid programmes. In these cases, students can complete their master’s degree requirements by taking a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Although online-only and campus-only programmes are the most common, hybrid degree programmes are gaining traction.

Careers for cybersecurity MBA graduates

The scale and budget of cybersecurity operations have increased significantly as the need for greater commitment to information security has swept organisations of all types in the last three decades.

With this increased dedication of human and financial capital, technical management to lead cybersecurity departments has become essential.

In the past, several companies appointed cybersecurity specialists to management positions. However, many cybersecurity practitioners lack the necessary business management skills or experience to provide good leadership or build an efficient and successful operating plan.

Cybersecurity management necessitates a solid understanding of risk management as well as technological aspects of cybersecurity. Managers of information security must be able to determine the danger that cyber attacks pose to a company.

A strong business experience combined with a grasp of cybersecurity will equip you with the expertise to assess the risks associated with each form of cyber threat and then apply the necessary resources to mitigate the threat and danger.

Intelligent cyber threat risk management is more of a guessing game, or worse, not seen from a risk management perspective at all, without a solid understanding of both disciplines.

A master’s degree in business and cybersecurity, most typically an MBA in cybersecurity, can pave the way for management positions in corporate information protection operations.

MBAs in cybersecurity are ideal candidates for independent cybersecurity management advisory positions, in addition to cybersecurity management.

Many smaller businesses and non-profits cannot afford to hire a cybersecurity team capable of dealing with the threats they face. Smart businesses will turn to outside experts in these situations to ensure that they are as well protected as possible with a well-thought-out course of action.

The positions mentioned below are only a small sample of what professionals with a cybersecurity MBA might expect to find.

Earning potential for cybersecurity MBA graduates

It’s difficult to estimate how much a cybersecurity professional’s earning potential would improve with the addition of a master’s degree to their resume. Similarly, it’s difficult to estimate the earning potential of industry professionals pursuing an MBA in cybersecurity.

An MBA in cybersecurity, regardless of history or experience, would have a promising future.

The bottom line is that pursuing a master’s degree would significantly increase a professional’s opportunities and earning potential.

One thing is certain: businesspeople who want to specialise in cybersecurity are joining one of the hottest industries. As a result, it can provide excellent job stability, as well as career opportunities and development opportunities.

Using some of the above career options as a reference, we can see that earning well into the six-figure range is not out of the question.

Example cybersecurity MBA degree programs

Not only is there an increasing knowledge of the need for cybersecurity experts, but also for those who have a technical understanding of information security practises as well as strong business acumen. Precious educators are realising this and leading some of the more forward-thinking colleges to create unique programmes that include both cybersecurity and business management courses.

Some of these services are available entirely online, while others are only available on campus. Some colleges have also given these degrees their own names. Here are a few schools that deliver personalised cybersecurity and MBA degree programmes. A more comprehensive list can be found at the bottom of this page.

Brown University offers an onsite Executive Master in Cybersecurity degree.
Rutgers University offers an onsite Master of Business and Science (MBS) in cybersecurity.
MBA Information Security/Assurance, Johnson and Wales University, online
Online MBA in Cybersecurity from Florida Institute of Technology

Other universities and colleges are also offering cybersecurity-focused MBA programmes through their business schools. The distinction between these programmes and custom-designed programmes is largely due to semantics. But for minor differences in credit allocation, the goals and structures of the various systems are quite similar. The following are some examples of MBA programmes with a cybersecurity concentration:

Maryville University – Online MBA with a cybersecurity concentration
University of Dallas – onsite and online MBA with a cybersecurity concentration.
University at Albany – onsite MBA with a cybersecurity concentration.

Four steps for choosing a master’s of business cybersecurity programme

  • Recognizing the program’s criteria Each college or university that offers a cybersecurity MBA has its own set of admissions criteria. All master’s programmes require at least a bachelor’s degree, but undergraduate major qualifications are usually flexible. Other criteria which include a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, as well as GRE test scores, while GRE test exemptions are often given when certain other requirements are met.
  • GMAT exam scores are typically required for MBA programmes. A personal mission statement, personal and job references, a current resume, and college transcripts are usually the only other minimum qualification requirements. Pay attention to each school’s criteria to see if you’ll need more time, classwork, certifications, or other things to get in.
    Tutoring Of course, when choosing a school, affordable tuition is a must. However, there are a variety of financial aid options available from the school, private scholarship sources, and government agencies that can help substantially reduce the total cost. There are also government-sponsored and private education loans available.
  • Offerings at the school It is always best to choose from schools with the best reputation in order to get the most out of an investment of time and resources in education. Specific courses and concentrations are different from one school to the next. As a result, students must ensure that the special course offerings at a specific school meet their expectations and preferences.
  • The master’s thesis is an essential component of every master’s degree. It is not necessary to decide on a specific subject and emphasis before beginning the programme. However, it should be possible to realise that faculty members and other available tools are available to help a student choose and complete the best thesis possible.

What to look for in a cybersecurity MBA programme

Choosing the best school for a prospective student is a daunting task. The school you attend, particularly in graduate and doctoral programmes, can make a huge difference in both the experience and the outcome. Here are a few things to think about.
Candidates for a cybersecurity MBA may be eligible for financial assistance.

Scholarships for cybersecurity MBAs are available from a variety of sources, many of which are available to MBA students in general. Because the degree major is in business, not cybersecurity, scholarships earmarked for cybersecurity students may or may not apply, depending on the sponsor.

MBA degrees are correlated with the largest pool of possible financial assistance. All of this money will go to MBA specialties that have been around for a long time, such as accounting, human resources, marketing, and so on. Other MBA scholarships are geared toward professionals in particular fields, such as healthcare and insurance.

However, scholarships expressly designed for MBAs in cybersecurity are yet to be made available. As a result, students seeking financial aid for their MBA degrees can concentrate on general MBA scholarships. The following are some examples of these:

  • Leadership Scholarship from QS
  • MBA Scholarship Mary Elizabeth Lockwood Beneventi
  • MBA Scholarship for Military Personnel
  • Scholarship from the National Black MBA Association
  • Women should apply for AAUW Career Development Grants.
  • Women’s MBA Fellowships at Forte

Individual colleges and universities can also offer scholarships and grants. Often consult with the college’s financial aid office to see what choices are available.

A list of MBA in cybersecurity programmes

The information in the following list of online master’s degree programmes is current. It isn’t a rating in every sense of the word. Instead, it is provided to provide education opportunities to those interested in pursuing an MBA in cybersecurity through online or on-campus programmes, as well as a basis for comparison between the options. The standard and importance of each school’s programmes is a personal choice that can only be made by the student contemplating an MBA in cybersecurity.

School Location Name of program
American University Washington, DC Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cybersecurity emphasis
Baker College Baldwin City, Missouri Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cloud Security Risk Management emphasis
Baylor University Waco, Texas MBA in Cyber Security
Bellevue University Bellevue, Nebraska Master of Business Administration – Information Security Concentration
Brenau University Gainesville, Georgia Master of Business Administration in Cyber Security Management
Brown University Providence, Rhode Island Executive MBA with emphasis in Cybersecurity
California State University – San Bernardino San Bernardino, California Online Master’s of Business Administration with a focus in Cyber Security
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, Wisconsin Online Master’s of Business Administration with a focus in Cyber Security
Cedarville University Cedarville, Ohio Online MBA in Cybersecurity degree program
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cybersecurity emphasis
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona Master Of Business Administration With An Emphasis In Cybersecurity
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia  Online Master’s of Business Administration with an Information Security specialization
John Brown University Siloam Springs, Arkansas Cybersecurity MBA
Johnson And Wales Providence, Rhode Island Master of Business Administration -Information Security/Assurance
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Cybersecurity
Marymount University Arlington, Virginia Business Admin./Cybersecurity (M.B.A./M.S.)
Maryville University Saint Louis, Missouri Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cybersecurity concentration
Maryville University Saint Louis, Missouri MBA with Emphasis in Cybersecurity
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
North Central University Scottsdale, Arizona Online Master’s of Business Administration with a focus in Computer and Information Security
Rutgers University Piscataway, New Jersey MBA Cybersecurity
Saint Leo University St. Leo, Florida Online Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Cybersecurity Management
Salve Regina University Newport, Rhode Island Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cybersecurity Issues in Business specialization
Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah Master of Business Administration – Cybersecurity Emphasis (M.B.A.)
St. Thomas University Saint Paul, Minnesota MBA in Cyber Security
Strayer University Warrendale, Pennsylvania Online Master’s of Business Administration with an IT Security concentration
Touro University Vallejo, California Online MBA with Concentration in Cybersecurity Management
University of Albany Albany, New York MBA Concentration in Cyber Security
University of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland Online MBA in Cybersecurity and Organizational Resilience (CSOR)
University of Dallas Dallas, Texas Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cybersecurity focus
University of Houston-Downtown Houston, Texas Master of Security Management in Cyber Security
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cybersecurity specialization
University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, Texas Online Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Cyber Security
Utica College Utica, New York Online Master’s of Business Administration with a Cybersecurity specialization
Webster University Webster Groves, Missouri Online Master’s of Business Administration with a focus in Cybersecurity
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worchester, Massachusetts Online Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Information Security Management.

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Cellebrite’s Mobile Device Analysis Products Can Be Hacked: Signal





According to Signal, a privacy-focused messaging service, Cellebrite’s forensic apps lack the sort of security safeguards one might expect from parsing software, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Data extraction and analysis services are provided by the Israel-based mobile forensics company to intelligence organisations and public safety agencies, as well as the military and business sectors. Cellebrite claims to have customers in more than 140 countries. It has been accused of assisting the FBI in gaining access to information on locked phones, even in high-profile cases, but it has also been accused of providing services to oppressive regimes.

Universal Forensic Extraction System (UFED) and Physical Analyzer, two of the company’s tech solutions, parse data from devices. Cellebrite’s software has little control over the data provided by the device’s applications, making it vulnerable to attacks.

This “untrusted” data, according to Signal, comes in a variety of formats depending on the applications that created it, and could be formatted in a way that exploits any types of parsing software vulnerabilities, such as memory corruption.

“However, we were shocked to discover that Cellebrite’s own software protection appears to have received very little attention in both UFED and Physical Analyzer. In a blog post, Moxie Marlinspike, the developer of Signal, writes that “industry-standard exploit mitigation protections are lacking, and many opportunities for exploitation are present.”

By including “a specially formatted but otherwise harmless file” in an application running on a computer that is then plugged into and scanned by Cellebrite, Signal was able to execute code on a Cellebrite system.

“The amount of code that can be executed is nearly limitless,” Marlinspike observes.

One of the potential consequences of such an attack will be sudden changes to Cellebrite reports. The attack would tamper not only with the currently produced report, but also with previous and future reports from all previously scanned devices.

Inserting or deleting addresses, emails, directories, images, messages, or any other data are examples of modifications. The tampering does not trigger “detectable timestamp shifts or checksum errors,” according to Signal. Such modifications could be made at any time, raising concerns about the data integrity of Cellebrite’s reports.

“Any app could contain such a file, and the only solution a Cellebrite user has is to not search devices until Cellebrite is able to reliably patch all vulnerabilities in its software with extremely high confidence,” Marlinspike says.

To mitigate the risk, Cellebrite could upgrade the programme to exclude high-risk applications from scanning, but even that won’t guarantee the reports’ accuracy.

Signal also released a proof-of-concept video demonstrating what happens when Cellebrite’s UFED encounters a file built to execute arbitrary code.

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