Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp, New York City's cybersecurity bootcamp partner, announced an initiative to offer free introductory courses to people nationwide, providing an opportunity for individuals to explore the cybersecurity industry as a potential career path.

The initiative will enable thousands of Americans in between jobs or searching for a new career opportunity to participate in nearly 40 hours of introductory cybersecurity training courses for free. Originally scheduled to launch in late 2020 to support under-served New York City residents, the training was accelerated to launch today and expanded nationwide to help people across the U.S. recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 by introducing them to the growing cybersecurity industry.

"Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp has already become a national leader in cybersecurity training since opening its first campus in New York City last year," said Nimit Maru, co-founder and co-CEO of Fullstack Academy. "Our partnership with NYCEDC enables us to support the country's economic recovery, introducing Americans to new careers, while also filling the significant skills gap in the cybersecurity industry."

"Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing sectors in New York City," said James Patchett, president and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. "Fullstack's free training courses will introduce New Yorkers to a field that provides good-paying jobs. As the city faces a long economic recovery, programs like this, which offer an opportunity to learn in-demand skills and a path to a new or better job, are key."  

The following training courses from Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp are available at no cost:

  • Hacking 101: a self-paced, online course, where students learn what it's really like to work in cybersecurity and if it's is a good career path for them. 
  • Introduction to Hacking: a three-hour live online hacking workshop that teaches participants how hackers use cryptography to protect and steal data. 
  • Cyber Onramp: Linux Command Line for Beginners: a self-paced, online course that gets students comfortable working in the command line, an essential skill for cybersecurity practitioners.  

"Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp's state-of-the-art curriculum was developed by cybersecurity experts and industry leaders who know the skills employers are seeking, which has helped us ensure our students are regularly placed faster than other training programs," said Mark Davis, Managing Director of Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp. "This bootcamp model enables adult learners to gain new skills and enter a new industry without going back to school for two-to-four years, helping them transition to a new career quickly."

Graduates of the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp have gone on to work for top-tier companies across the country. In New York City, nearly two-dozen organizations have hired Fullstack Cyber graduates, including the New York Times, Norwell Health and Offensive Security, all of which currently list cybersecurity openings.

For more information, visit cyber.fullstackacademy.com.