Columbia Engineering Cybersecurity Boot Camp

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Become a Cybersecurity Professional in 24 Weeks

Online New York Cybersecurity Boot Camp

Big data needs big protection. In just the last two years, 90 percent of the world’s data has been created*. And as computer networks grow, so too does the quantity of vulnerable information.

Columbia Engineering Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time Boot Camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security over the course of 24 intensive weeks. 

  • Gain experience with a host of popular tools such as Wireshark, Kali Linux, Metasploit, Nessus, and more.
  • Learn skills applicable to certifications such as the CompTIA Security+, Network+, Linux+, Server+, Cloud+, and certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
  • Advance your skillset even if you’re currently employed or in school through convenient evening and weekend classes.
  • Benefit from a comprehensive set of career services to help equip you for success as you work to change career paths or advance in your current position.

Why learn cybersecurity in a boot camp?

If you are eager to become a digital defender and learn how to keep data safe from prying eyes, or if any of the below describe you, enrolling in this boot camp could help put you on the path to achieving your goals:

  • You are currently working in a technical field and want to expand your cyber knowledge, better understand how to keep data secure, and learn hands-on skills to apply on the job.
  • You are a part of a company that has urgent cybersecurity needs to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data and software.
  • You understand the growing need for cybersecurity professionals and want to become a part of making the internet a safer space. 
  • You are a tech enthusiast looking to start your career in tech and get your foot in the door in the world of networking and security. 

Building On The Basics

Achieving your goals in cybersecurity requires not only deep security knowledge but also experience with the application of that knowledge. Our curriculum is designed to give you both the knowledge you need to move toward the cybersecurity industry and ample experience applying that knowledge to real-world problems.

Throughout the program, you will learn tools and technologies vetted by current practitioners, and learn skills applicable to certifications expected of all serious security professionals.

At Columbia Engineering Cybersecurity Boot Camp, you will get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques, and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture.

You’ll learn from skilled instructors and gain real-world experience by collaborating with your peers. Through hands-on application, you’ll gain the confidence you need to tap into the industry. The curriculum* will dive into the foundational skills for cybersecurity, including:


  • Packet Analysis
  • Wireshark


  • Windows and Linux Administration Techniques
  • Windows and Linux Hardening


  • Secure Network Design and Architecture
  • Risk Management
  • Cryptography
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Cloud Security

Ethical Hacking and Penetration:

  • Kali Linux
  • Metasploit
  • Hashcat
  • Burp Suite
  • Web Vulnerabilities and Security

Cybersecurity Careers:

  • Digital Forensics Methods
  • Penetration Testing
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Security Operations and Analytics

Programming and Scripting:

  • Bash Scripting
  • PowerShell Scripting
*The material covered is subject to change. Our academic team adjusts to the market demand.

By the time you complete the Boot Camp, you will know how to:

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments using tools like Metasploit to profile an application for vulnerabilities, and then exploit those vulnerabilities
  • Configure machines on a virtual network, deploy them to the cloud, and investigate cloud security risks
  • Identify suspicious patterns of user behavior to identify bots, intruders, and other malicious actors
  • Write Bash scripts to automate security and operating systems tasks

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our cybersecurity boot camp in New York is being held via our tried and tested virtual classroom experience. Call us at (646) 870-1598 for more information on how to apply, or visit our Online Experience page to learn more.

No, applicants do not need to be Columbia students. The Cybersecurity Boot Camp is offered through Columbia Engineering.

No experience is needed as long as you are dedicated and eager to learn. Our pre-course tutorials will help you prepare for our boot camp.

Below are some funding options for you to choose from. Please note that funding should be approved before you begin the process:

  • Full Tuition, Interest-Free Payment Plan: A $1,000 deposit is required to secure your seat in the class. The rest of the tuition will be split into six equal monthly payments.
  • 24-Month Interest-Free Payment Plan: Once approved, you’ll pay your deposit and split the remaining tuition over 24 monthly installments with zero interest.

Please contact us to get details on tuition cost and any available loan options.

Part-Time Schedule

  • 24-week Boot Camp
  • Classes held two weekdays from 7 to 10 p.m.
    and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Currently Enrolling:

Coding Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time: March 23, 2021
  • Full-Time: April 5, 2021

Data Analytics Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time: Soon
  • Part-Time: April 7, 2021

UX/UI Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time: Soon

Cybersecurity Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time: Soon

FinTech Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time: March 16, 2021

Digital Marketing Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time: March 16, 2021

Tech Project Mgmt Boot Camp:

  • Part-Time: Soon

Cybersecurity Curriculum

Information Security is a fast growing career track, with a 28 percent projected growth through 2026 for Information Security Analysts according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In just 24 weeks, the Columbia Engineering Cybersecurity Boot Camp will give you the technical skills you need to protect today’s cyber space.

Through immersive hands-on experience, you will not only learn the fundamental skills for cybersecurity, but also put them into action on practical exercises.

Cybersecurity Part-Time

Learning Module: Security Fundamentals

In this module, you will learn to think like a cybersecurity professional by assessing threats and mitigating risks. You will also look at security from an organizational perspective as you dive into Governance, Risk, and Compliance. You will learn how security controls impact an organization and its employees. This will enable you to communicate with non-security professionals, work with stakeholders outside of the security space, and understand how teams interact in an organization.

What You Will Learn:
  • CIA Triad
  • Governance
  • Risk Analysis and Risk Mitigation
  • Compliance
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Disaster Recovery

Learning Module: Systems Administration

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

What You Will Learn:
  • Linux Server Configuration
  • Tar, Cron, and Cronjobs
  • Logging
  • Bash Scripting and Programming
  • Windows Server Configuration
  • Active Directory
  • Kerberos

Learning Module: Networks and Network Security

You will dive into network configuration, design, protocols and data communication. You will study cryptography, network security, cloud security, and virtualization.

What You Will Learn:
  • Network Architecture, Operations, and Security
  • Wireshark and Traffic Analysis
  • Email Security
  • Wireless Security
  • Cryptography and Encryption
  • Port Scanning
  • Cloud Security and Virtualization

Learning Module: Defensive Security

You will dive into SIEMs and network security monitoring. You will cover the Incident Response framework and practice responding to different breaches and attacks. You will also cover Digital Forensics and how to recover deleted data as part of preparing evidence for a legal case.

What You Will Learn:
  • Splunk
  • Monitoring and Logging
  • Incident Response
  • Forensics
  • Data Extraction and Recovery

Learning Module: Offensive Security

You will gain a thorough understanding of web applications, databases, and the vulnerabilities and hardening associated with them. You will dive into penetration testing using tools like Metasploit to attack and compromise networks and servers.

What You Will Learn:
  • Burp Suite
  • XSS Vulnerabilities and Payloads
  • SQL Injection
  • Webshells
  • File Inclusion and Command Injection Vulnerabilities
  • Penetration Testing Execution Standard
  • Searchsploit and Metasploit
  • Zenmap
  • Metasploit
  • Pivoting Networks

Learning Module: Test Prep and Final Projects

You will focus on certification prep for Security+ and CEH exams and conclude the course with a final group project.

What You Will Learn:
  • Security+
  • CEH

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