July 9, 2021

U of M Cybersecurity bootcamp good idea???

Hi, guys I am looking into the U of M cybersecurity bootcamp. It is 23 weeks long and cost $11,000. Is this a waste of money?

This what they are advertising

* Gain experience with a host of [**popular tools**](https://bootcamp.umn.edu/cybersecurity/curriculum/) 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**](https://bootcamp.umn.edu/about/locations-schedule/) classes.
* Benefit from a comprehensive set of [**career services**](https://bootcamp.umn.edu/experience/classroom/) to help equip you for success as you work to change career paths or advance in your current position.


### By the time you complete the program, 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



You could learn all of this on your own for significantly less than that but if you struggle with self learning it could be useful if you want to pay that much. 23 weeks is fast to learn that in depth too.

If you have no prior knowledge of IT i wouldn’t do it.

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