Self-paced bootcamp with rolling enrollment. Asynchronous class modules + live faculty interaction presented on a robust learning platform. 

Skills-based teaching model with performance assessments opening a personalized learning experience that acknowledges your strengths and career goals.

Certificate plus detailed report awarded by the National CyberWatch Center. Students prepared to sit for CompTIA Security+ certification.

Lead faculty is a recognized cybersecurity expert and founder of the National CyberWatch Center.

Applied Cybersecurity Essentials (ACE) Bootcamp

The Cybersecurity Landscape

Thought leaders in technology and the press continue to report an international cybersecurity crises.  IT professionals have an extraordinary opportunity to be engaged in crucial work of cyber defense.  Many high paying career opportunities are going unfilled because of a lack of certified cybersecurity professionals.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, “there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021.” Cybersecurity hiring is growing due to a dramatic rise in cyber crime, new government regulation, and privacy concerns. 

The U.S. Department of Education believes that cybersecurity careers should not require a university degree and cybersecurity career aspirants might be best prepared by certificate programs or vocational training.

“In trying to stay ahead of rapidly growing digital threats, cybersecurity is essentially the tip of the computer science spear. It’s an environment that is at once ever-changing and mission-critical—defined by agile, continuous learning around the latest malware and cyber defenses. This constantly changing nature of cyber threats and mitigation strategies is simply too mercurial for many established four-year degree programs to keep up with. Curricula would have to be constantly updated, something made more difficult by the fact that full-time professors may not have the time, or clearances, to stay privy to the absolute latest trends and best practices.

The demand for certified cyber professionals is so great that salaries are on the rise. "It's a full-on war for cyber talent," said Matt Comyns, a managing partner at executive search firm Caldwell Partners who specializes in information security.

“In the 12 months ended August 2018, there were more than 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., according to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. Globally, the shortage is estimated to exceed 1 million in coming years.”

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Bootcamp Faculty

Casey W. O’Brien
Executive Director and Principal Investigator National Cyberwatch, Inc.

Casey has more than 20 years of industry experience in information security and large-scale IT implementation and project management in challenging and cutting edge computing environments that include both the public and private sectors.

As a scholarly practitioner, Casey continues to develop curriculum and teach numerous cybersecurity-related courses. Casey’s research interests include cybersecurity competition design and practice analysis; scalable and cost-effective information security laboratories; and agile and accelerated information security curriculum development. Casey also teaches internationally and is a frequent invited speaker at various conferences.

Sequence of Courses

We invite you to review the Cybersecurity Bootcamp FAQ for additional details.

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National Cyberwatch

National Cyberwatch is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce. It continues to update and create model Information Security curricula, which supports the growth of cybersecurity education.

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The Bootcamp is a skills- and knowledge-based learning experience. Achieving the full potential of the bootcamp learning experience will require dedicated effort. Examples of individuals that would benefit from the bootcamp include:

  • Professionals such as web developers, network administrators, and help desk technicians, who want to become involved in cybersecurity for career growth.
  • Executives tasked with managing the growing cyber risk that threaten their organizations.
  • Individuals seeking a lateral move to cybersecurity from another technical field where their existing skills no longer provide upward mobility or challenge.
  • STEM students preparing for a career in technology that seek a competitive advantage in the career marketplace.
  • Company executives that recognize the need to acquire or train a cybersecurity workforce to mitigate their company’s exposure to cyber crime.

Individuals without technical background that are interested in pursuing a career change to cybersecurity will likely first need to acquire knowledge and skill that will allow them to engage with the bootcamp curricula.  We have such pre-course work available and invite discussion with our advisor to create an individualized path.

Please refer to the FAQs for more detail or contact an advisor.

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Cybersecurity Bootcamp and Certification

Featuring Networks, Scripting, Servers, and Information Security.

Taught by National CyberWatch as a blended online course that will begin on the evening of September 14, 2020.

Designed to prepare you to be involved in the crucial work of information security.  The Bootcamp is oriented to a career in cybersecurity and based on developing your skills in an IT context.  Stackable certificates will enhance your career options and opportunities.

Ongoing assessments will keep you on track as you build your skillset and allow you to accelerate your experience.  In addition, you will be better prepared for third-party competency exams.

Lead faculty is a recognized cybersecurity expert and founder of the National CyberWatch Center.

Course Descriptions

Kick off your IT career in cybersecurity. Our Cybersecurity Bootcamp is comprised of four skills-development certification courses that you will need to succeed in IT cybersecurity.  You will be better prepared to sit for third party certification exams like CompTIA Security+.

Course Descriptions

Information Security 

This course provides students with in-depth coverage of the installation, storage, and compute features and functionality of Windows Server 2016 and Linux operating systems.

Networking Fundamentals

Designed to serve the needs of those interested in understanding the field of data communications and how it relates to other areas of Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity. The material covered in this class also helps prepare individuals seeking to pass the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), or the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Network+ (N10-007) certification exams.

Scripting Fundamentals

This course offers an in-depth introduction to scripting languages including basic data types, control structures, regular expressions, input/output, and textual analysis.

Linux and Windows Fundamentals

This course provides students with in-depth coverage of the installation, storage, and compute features and functionality of Windows Server 2016/Linux operating systems.







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