Become a
Digital Defender

SMU Cybersecurity Boot Camp |
Learn Cybersecurity in 24 Weeks

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

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Date:
February 26, 2024
Time to
Complete:
24 Weeks, part-time
Live Online
Classes:
9 hours per week
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The Support You Need to Transform Your Career

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

  • Work with an admissions advisor who will prepare you for your boot camp.
  • Get 24/7 on-demand learning assistance via text or video chat.
  • Access a 1-on-1 tutor if you get stuck.
  • Connect with a powerful network of engaged instructors, TAs, peers and graduates.
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Join the Front Lines of Digital Defense

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

You can help protect organizations and populations — and change your entire career trajectory. As the world grows more connected and automated (and therefore, more vulnerable), the demand for cybersecurity specialists is on the rise. Information security is one of the fastest-growing fields2 and No. 6 on Glassdoor’s Top 50 Jobs in America.3

1Statista.com
2Bureau of Labor Statistics
3Glassdoor

Our Boot Camp Learners Are in Demand
Our employer-competitive learners have received job offers from thousands of global organizations. As you take the next steps in your career, you’ll have exclusive access to job referrals from our network of 250+ partners.
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Further Your Career
Our Career Engagement Network will help you apply the tools and knowledge you have learned to advance your career. We will help you optimize your resume and LinkedIn profile, prepare for interviews and build your portfolio. You’ll also have access to free career resources throughout your professional life.
A Proud CompTIA Partner

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

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

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

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

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

  • What you will learn:
  • CIA triad
  • Governance
  • Compliance
  • Disaster recovery
  • Risk analysis and risk mitigation
  • Business continuity planning

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

  • What you will learn:
  • Linux server configuration
  • Windows server configuration
  • Tar, cron and cron jobs
  • Logging
  • Bash scripting and programming
  • Active directory
  • Kerberos

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

  • What you will learn:
  • Network architecture, operations and security
  • Wireshark and traffic analysis
  • Email security
  • Wireless security
  • Cryptography and encryption
  • Port scanning
  • Cloud security and virtualization

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

  • What you will learn:
  • Splunk
  • Monitoring and logging
  • Incident response
  • Forensics
  • Data extraction and recovery

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

  • What you will learn:
  • Burp suite
  • Zenmap
  • SQL injection
  • Webshells
  • Pivoting networks
  • Searchsploit and metasploit
  • Penetration testing execution standard
  • XSS vulnerabilities and payloads
  • File inclusion and command injection vulnerabilities

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

Now You’re Ready
By the time you’ve completed the boot camp, you will have mastered in-demand skills, built an impressive portfolio of projects applying your new skills in practical scenarios and earned a valuable Certificate in Cybersecurity.
Learn on Your Schedule
This is a part-time program designed for working professionals like you who want to learn cybersecurity to advance careers, enhance skills for a current role or change career paths.
Time to complete 24 weeks

Live online classes

9 hrs/week
Homework & projects 20+ hrs/week
Class time 3 weekday evenings
(3 hrs/class)
Invest in Your Career With the Right Financial Options Cybersecurity boot camp fee: $13,995
Interest-Free Payment Plan

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

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.

Early Registration

Enroll by the early registration deadline and get $1,000 off your tuition cost when paid in full.

Alumni Scholarship

Alumni are eligible for a $500 scholarship.

AmeriCorps

The program is eligible to use your AmeriCorps award.

Climb Credit

Helps students find and fund career training programs.

Employer Funding

Use available educational benefits or tuition sponsorship from your employer.

Sallie Mae

Offers private student educational loans.

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

What Boot Camp Graduates Are Saying
  • “They were very helpful and encouraging, easy to talk to and provided great resources during my job search.” Luis R.
  • “It was great getting feedback on my career materials and being able to really enhance my resume skills along with updating my LinkedIn profile.” Jonathan K.
A Powerful Educational Partnership

About SMU


A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, SMU is a distinguished center for global research with a liberal arts tradition. SMU’s 11,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools.


This program is offered through SMU Continuing and Professional Education, in partnership with edX.


About edX


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

The Next Cybersecurity Boot Camp Starts February 26, 2024. Reserve Your Spot Today!
It only takes a minute to request information and be put in touch with a member of the admissions team who can answer questions and get your application started.