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USF CTPE Cyber Security Bootcamp

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing fields with an estimated 3.5 million unfulfilled jobs according to Cybersecurity Ventures. To fill these positions, those interested in cybersecurity will need to combine technical knowledge, risk management, data privacy and security, and threat intelligence in order to protect individuals and organizations from increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats.

University of South Florida’s 100% online Cyber Security Bootcamp trains you with job-ready cybersecurity analysis skills through a combination of curated curriculum from industry experts and hands-on project work, including 30+ technical labs and 30+ projects.

You’ll learn the core concepts of cybersecurity with the course culminating in a mentor-guided capstone project where you’ll work your way through a five-phase structured walkthrough penetration test of a fictional company. Using the skills you acquired throughout the course, you’ll review and discuss the technical aspects of various IT, IT Security, and IT Audit work products, find errors, and improve the quality of the product or service. Learn on your own time, with the ability to complete the course sooner by putting in more hours per week.

At the end of this bootcamp, you’ll prepare to pass the globally-recognized CompTIA Security+ exam through mock quizzes and exams. A free voucher for the CompTIA exam is included in the course.

We focus on bringing you into your cybersecurity career by teaching you in our curriculum how to research jobs, build a cyber resume, and stand out in your interviews. Our 1:1 career coaches will help guide you along the way.

Ready to learn more? Read on for more information on what you’ll unlock when you enroll in this online cybersecurity bootcamp.


When you complete this bootcamp, you’ll show employers that you have the right skills to excel in some of the most in-demand cybersecurity roles. * Examples of roles that students can pursue after this program include:

  1. Cybersecurity Analyst: $95,000

  2. Cyber Security Specialist / Technician: $92,000

  3. Incident Analyst / Responder: $89,000

  4. Cybersecurity Consultant: $91,000

  5. Cyber Security Manager/Administrator: $105,000

  6. Software Developer/Engineer: $110,140

  7. Systems Engineer: $90,920

  8. Network Engineer/Architect: $83,510

  9. Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester $103,000

* Source: CompTIA: Best Jobs in Cybersecurity for 2021 and How to Get One


Six core concepts of cybersecurity

This bootcamp covers each of the components:

  • Host-Based Security

  • Network Security

  • Identity and Access Management

  • Security Assessment and Testing

  • Security Operations

  • Application Security

By studying 15-20 hours per week, you should complete it in 6 months.

Course units include learning resources, practice exercises, virtual labs from InfoSec Learning, as well as nine optional career-related units.

Curriculum breakdown

The course itself is divided into 21 total learning units, consisting of:

  • 1 Getting Started Unit

  • 11 Technical Units

  • 3 Basic Priming Units:

    • An Optional Cybersecurity Basics Unit

    • A Cybersecurity Fundamentals Unit

    • An IT Project Management Unit

  • 6 Core Concept Units

  • 1 Capstone Project Unit

  • 1 CompTIA Security+ Preparation Unit

  • 9 Career Preparation Units

Course sequence
  1. Getting Started with Cyber Security Career Track

  2. Cybersecurity Basics

  3. Cybersecurity Fundamentals

  4. Creating Your Job Search Strategy

  5. IT Project Management

  6. Host-Based Security

  7. Your Elevator Pitch and LinkedIn Profile

  8. Network Security

  9. Effective Networking: Building Your Network

  10. Identity and Access Management

  11. Networking: Informational Interviews

  12. Security Assessment and Testing

  13. Find the Right Job Titles and Companies

  14. Security Operations

  15. Application Security

  16. Capstone Project

  17. Preparing For and Getting Interviews

  18. CompTIA Security+ Prep Unit

  19. Effective Interviewing for Cybersecurity

  20. Salary Negotiation and Career Next Steps

  21. Congrats and Next Steps After Course Completion

Preview three of the course’s technical units

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

This unit introduces you to the fundamentals of cybersecurity through a hands-on journey of recognizing basic IT security threats and various ways to mitigate those threats.

Topics Covered:

  • Threat actor types and attributes (hackers, DarkNet, social engineering, etc.)

  • Three-legged stool (CIA)

  • Intro to Security+ certification

  • Red- vs. blue-team

  • Threat-modeling

Identity and Access Management

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is one of the most important disciplines within cybersecurity. It aims to manage user identities and their access to enterprise resources and data.

Topics Covered:

  • Authentication models and components

  • Access control models defined

  • Rights, permissions, and policies

Security Assessment and Training

In the Security Assessment and Testing unit, you will learn how to conduct security assessments and recommend remediation activities. You will also learn how to create Information Security (IS) audit test plans, which will give you insight into how IS auditors approach their engagements.

Topics Covered:

  • Conducting risk assessments and audits of controls

  • Assessing vulnerabilities

  • Vulnerability remediation

Student support

In this 100% online program, you study remotely on your own terms with the help of an expert mentor, student advisor, and career coach—all of whom are invested in your success.

  • A student advisor to help you along the way: Your student advisor will be with you from start to finish, matching you with your mentor and answering questions as you progress.

  • Get unlimited 1:1 mentor support: Meet weekly with your personal mentor, with as many additional calls as you need.

  • Prepare for your career early: Take advantage of optional 1:1 career coaching. From networking tips to more in-depth job search preparation, our career coaches can meet you where you are.

  • Connect with an online community: Join other online bootcamp students and mentors for weekly office hours and within an online community to share feedback and participate in conversation.

Learn with an industry expert in your corner

Having a personal mentor will help you build your skills faster and advance your personal growth.

  • Weekly 1:1 video calls: Get feedback on projects, discuss blockers, and refine your career strategy.

  • Accountability: Your mentor will help you stay on track so you can achieve your learning goals.

  • Unlimited mentor calls: Get additional 1:1 help from other mentors in our community, at no extra cost.

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Alissa Torres
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MSSP Manager

Is this program right for you?

This cybersecurity bootcamp is designed for people who have an appetite to try new things, an aptitude for problem-solving, and strong communication and collaboration skills. We welcome students from all work experiences and fields of study.


  • All backgrounds are welcome, as long as you can demonstrate strong analytical skills and a determination to work through and complete all required course activities.

  • Passing an evaluation of baseline soft skills centered around communication, motivation, professionalism, a commitment to learning, and an analytical mindset.


What is cybersecurity?

In general, cybersecurity consists of the process and techniques used to protect sensitive data, computer systems, networks, and software applications from cyber attacks.

Some of the most popular topics covered in cybersecurity include:

  • Unauthorized access to systems and data.

  • Disrupting the normal functions of a business and its processes.

  • Using ransomware attacks to encrypt data and extort money from victims.

Does cybersecurity require coding?

Entry-level roles generally do not require any coding experience, but programming is a powerful skill to have in your toolkit as you progress in your career. This course will teach you basic Python, Perl, and Powershell. No coding experience is required for acceptance into the USF CTPE Cyber Security Bootcamp.

What skills are needed to work in cybersecurity?

Professionals working in the cybersecurity field must have a strong analytical mindset, robust communications skills, and a highly collaborative work ethic. In this course, you’ll also build the following technical skillset:

  • Incident response

  • Threat intelligence

  • Operating system security

  • Application security

  • Network scanning tools

  • Network mapping

  • Firewall

  • IDS/IPs

  • Vulnerability assessments

  • IT controls

  • Basic Python Scripting

  • Security information and event management (SIEM) analysis

  • Packet capture and log analysis

While building the technical skillset, USF CTPE Cyber Security Bootcamp students will have access to the following tools:

  • Nmap for network scanning

  • Wireshark: A free and open-source network protocol analyzer

  • Metasploit for vulnerability scanning, enumeration, executing attacks, and more

  • Kali Linux for digital forensics, penetration testing, ethical hacking, and more

  • Kleopatra for security key encryption

  • Autopsy for digital forensics

  • Splunk for DevSecOps

  • OpenVAS for vulnerability scanning

  • Zenmap, the graphical interface of Nmap, used for scanning, network mapping, and more

  • GoPhish to run phishing simulations

  • Low Orbit Ion Cannon for stress testing and denial-of-service attack application

What type of jobs can you do after a cyber security bootcamp?

You’ll be able to gain an entry-level position as a cybersecurity analyst, specialist, and incident analyst/responder.

Graduates also pursue other roles, such as SOC analyst, cybersecurity engineer, cybersecurity consultant, cybersecurity manager / administrator, systems engineer, network engineer / architect, software developer / engineer, vulnerability analyst, cyber crime analyst/ responder, and IT auditor.

How long does it take to complete a cyber security bootcamp?

This course is designed to be completed in 6 months or less depending on how much time you dedicate each week. It is completely self-paced with you in the driver’s seat.

What is the salary of someone working in cybersecurity?

Depending on your work experience, geographic location, role, and work sector, you can expect to make between $89,000 and $105,000.

Is cybersecurity in high demand?

Yes, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity jobs are expected to grow 33% through 2030, much faster than average for other occupations.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there are an estimated 3.5 million unfulfilled cybersecurity jobs as the demand to fill these jobs far outweighs the number of individuals qualified to undertake a complex field.

Is a cybersecurity bootcamp worth it?

Yes! You’ll have the skills you need to succeed in 6 months’ time with a support system ready to help you in your job search.

How much does a cybersecurity bootcamp cost?
  • The full tuition of the program is $12,495. If you pay upfront, you get an 11% discount.

  • Pay monthly only for the time you need, up to 6 months.

  • Financing options available.

For more details on how tuition payments work, see the frequently asked questions page.

More questions about the program?

Schedule a call with our Admissions team by completing the 'Apply Now' form, email Carolina, our Admissions Manager, who will help you think through the decision, or explore more frequently asked questions.

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