Boston-Based Cybersecurity Bootcamp Launches and Begins Recruiting for Inaugural Class

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CyberWarrior Academy (CWA) is a NEW cybersecurity workforce development and training program from Advoqt Technology Group, that delivers field-ready information security talent. The training is intensive, hands-on, and delivered by cybersecurity practitioners with day-to-day exposure to the rapidly changing threat landscape. CWA will address the growing demand for qualified cybersecurity talent while also creating long-lasting career opportunity for IT professionals currently in entry and mid-level technical roles. The inaugural class kicks off in March 2018!

High demand, high pay for cybersecurity jobs

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Cybersecurity jobs are among the fastest growing in the United States, with Burning Glass reporting 73% growth from 2007-2012 and expectations for growth at 37% for 2012-2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average pay for Cybersecurity positions exceeds $100,000 per year, with entry-level pay for analysts exceeding $80,000 per year.

As part of SkillWorks’ growing portfolio of investments in Greater Boston’s IT/Technology industry, we made a seed grant to Advoqt Technology Group to create CyberWarrior Academy, a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity bootcamp training and apprenticeship program. We believe this investment, announced at our third IT/Tech Forum last spring, will help to address the growing demand for qualified Information Security talent while also creating long-term career opportunities for people in help desk and technical support roles, which are not in high-demand and often do not pay wages lucrative enough to allow for significant economic mobility.

CyberWarrior Academy: what can trainees expect?

CyberWarrior Academy is a Cybersecurity bootcamp and apprenticeship program that delivers field-ready InfoSec talent. The training is intensive, pragmatic, hands-on, and delivered by Cybersecurity practitioners and white-hat hackers with day to day exposure to the rapidly changing threat landscape.

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CWA fast-facts:

  • 10 weeks of instructor-led, full-time training (40 hours per week) including lecture and hands-on labs. Students should also plan on investing an additional 20-30 hours of personal time per week for additional study and practice labs.
  • In-person classes taught in Boston.
  • 4 certifications:  EC Council – Incident Handler, EC Council – Ethical Hacker, EC Council – Network Defender, and Certified CyberWarrior.
  • Professional development, job placement support and access to renowned industry leaders.

Learn more about the program

What’s in it for employers?

Students develop the technical competency to deliver immediate value to sponsor employers and will also learn how to constantly investigate new innovations so that their skills remain relevant. Recruitment will focus on minority, women, and veteran candidates, and will be drawn from sponsor companies, community colleges, and other workforce development programs – easily satisfying employers’ growing needs for diverse talent.

The Academy’s recruitment focus is on professionals with intermediate and advanced skills or 1-3 years of experience at the help desk and/or technician support levels. After completion of the program, candidates will have the requisite skill sets for Information Security Analyst level 1 and 2 roles.

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CyberWarrior Academy aims to be a unique, singluar-industry training company, providing employers a cost-effective and efficient way to meet cybersecurity and diversity talent needs.

Learn more about CyberWarrior Academy and how to get involved on their website: https://www.cw.academy

Interested in the training? You can apply here. Classes begin March 2018!

You can also reach out to CyberWarrior Academy staff at CWAcademy@Advoqt.com

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Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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