July 5, 2021

University of Toronto Cyber Security Bootcamp Program

I am from Toronto and I got laid off last year from an IT support position. Recently, I saw University of Toronto Cyber Security Program which is about 6 months of training and costs $11245. I am receiving unemployment insurance right now and I am qualified to take this training.

I am just wondering if anyone out there has taken this training, and if its really worth it or not? I got some basic security knowledge such as reading Comptia security + book, performing some access controls, processing security access requests, modifying access permissions and AD from past experience, and I want to take my career to the next level, and not wanting to go back to do Technical Support anymore (done it over 20 years). I’ve applied to many entry level positions but still demand experience of at least 1-3 yrs. Upon finishing the boot camp training, you will be awarded Certificate of completion. Even thought, I get to put the University of Toronto name on my resume upon completion supposing that I decide to enroll in the program, I am still not sure how will the prospect employer perceive the Certificate of completion. Any advise or suggestions is greatly appreciated.

The Bootcamp curriculum says that it will dive into foundational skills for cyber security including:

**Networking**:

· Packet Analysis

· Wireshark

**Systems**:

· Windows and Linux Administration Techniques

· Windows and Linux Hardening

**Cybersecurity**:

· 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

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