Cybersecurity Bootcamp

**This program is now full and is accepting applications for a waitlist.**


Residential (on-campus room and board included): $1395; $100 deposit due upon admission

Non-residential: $795; $100 deposit due upon admission

Date & Time

July 18-22 non-residential, July 17-23 residential

Students have the option to live on campus while attending this program (residential) or commute from home each day (non-residential). The residential program will run from Sunday, July 17 - Saturday, July 23 and will include evening and weekend activities. The non-residential program will be held from Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22 from 9 am - 5 pm each day.

Program Registration


**This program is now full and is accepting applications for a waitlist. Please enter "WAITLIST" on your application when prompted! Please view our policies and resources page before registration. 


Mies Campus

Program Overview

This boot camp provides a more in-depth look at cybersecurity that is targeted at students with prior knowledge of basic cybersecurity concepts. Like the Introduction to Offensive Hacking and Introduction to Defensive Hacking programs, students will practice hands-on offensive and defensive hacking techniques while in a lab environment.

Topics covered will include: 

  • The concept of "red teams", “blue teams”, and "purple teams"
  • Setup of virtualization environment for penetration and threat assessment testing
  • An overview of attack vectors, including brute force, denial of service, scans, backdoor attacks, and more
  • Concepts and methods for mitigation of risk, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, system hardening, and intrusion prevention systems
  • Setup of Kali Linux along with various tools: Nmap, Aircrack-ng, Wireshark, Metasploit Framework, Burp suite, John the Ripper, Social Engineering Toolkit, and Maltego among others
  • Using scanning tools like Nmap, Wireshark, Dig, NSlookup, and others to understand the security posture of the network

Eligibility and Program Requirements

Rising 10th - 12th graders

To successfully participate, students should be familiar with basic computing skills for navigating the command line, familiarization with a virtual player, and knowledge of basic scripting. A few weeks before the program’s start, the Pre-College team will send preparation materials and resources to participating students to complete in advance to familiarize themselves with the topics. We recommend that beginners to cybersecurity participate in the Introduction to Offensive Hacking and Introduction to Defensive Hacking programs. 


Dr. Maurice Dawson is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology and Management within the School of Applied Technology at Illinois Institute of Technology. Additionally, he serves as Director of the National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Security Education and responsible for working with the faculty who are members of this center. Before joining academia, he was an engineering manager for unmanned air systems and senior program manager for rotary wing aircraft. He has a Doctor of Computer Science from Colorado Technical University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Cyber Security from the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at London Metropolitan University.