Houston Cybersecurity Bootcamp

What is it and Who is it For?

The Cybersecurity Bootcamp at Houston Christian University is an accelerated training program designed to successfully prepare people with little or no background in IT for entry level jobs in cybersecurity, a highly in-demand and lucrative career path.

Developed around military training methodologies and hands-on learning, the program focuses on the key skills sought by employers. The Bootcamp prepares students not only with technical knowledge, but with the essential skills required for a successful career in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Why Cybersecurity?

With the rate of cyber-attacks reaching record highs, there is an urgent need for workers in cybersecurity.

The field has had 0% unemployment for nearly a decade, and forecasts 350% job growth through 2021. With plentiful opportunities and competitive compensation, an accelerated Cybersecurity Bootcamp is the best way to gain the necessary skills to begin a successful career in cybersecurity.

Which Cybersecurity Roles Can I Get?

Cyber Forensics Analyst

Common Job Titles
Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst, Digital Forensics Analyst, Cyber Crime Analyst
Top Skills Requested
Computer forensics, threat analysis, network defense, system administration, encryption

Cyber Defense Analyst

Common Job Titles
Cybersecurity Analyst, SOC Analyst, Info Security Analyst, Network Defense Technician
Top Skills Requested
Network defense, vulnerabilities assessment, data management, info assurance, incident management

Cyber Infrastructure Specialist

Common Job Titles
Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist, Intrusion Detection System Admin, Network Security Specialist
Top Skills Requested
Network defense, information systems, incident management, network security, encryption


Network Operations Specialist

Common Job Titles
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst, IT Specialist, Network Analyst, LAN/WAN Admin
Top Skills Requested
Network management, information technology assessment, operating systems, system administration
Cyber Incident Responder
Common Job Titles
Incident Response Analyst, Intrusion Analyst, Security Monitoring Analyst, Computer Crime Investigator
Top Skills Requested
Incident management, network defense, information systems, digital forensics, threat analysis

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How Does it Work?

During the Bootcamp

  • Blended model combining in person and self-paced learning
  • Accelerated streamlined curriculum
  • Career services and support

Upon Graduation

  • Continued access to ThriveDX’s online learning platform, including ongoing training covering emerging cyber threats and tools
  • Connection to a global alumni network and community

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Bootcamp Format

We know that everyone learns differently which is why Houston Christian University offers Bootcampers two accelerated tracks:

    • Full time, 3 months: 4 hours daily with the Bootcamp Facilitator and 4 hours individual online work.
    • Part-time, 6 months: This will cover the same content, over a longer period of time and with classes occurring only twice a week, 4 hours each day. Dates for the 2023 year are:
      • May 16, Tues./Fri. sessions
      • Aug. 21, Mon./Thurs. sessions
      • Nov. 7, Tue./Fri. sessions.


Frequently Asked Questions



  • We developed the Bootcamp under the principle of “everything you need to know but only what you need to know”. With our accelerated learning methodology – based on military bootcamps – we focus on teaching you the specific skills you will need to start your cybersecurity career.

  • The full-time Bootcamp – exclusive of the Prework – is comprised of 480 hours of best in class content, delivered 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, over a period of 3 months.
    The part-time Bootcamp – exclusive of the Prework – is comprised of 480 hours of best in class content, delivered 4 hours a day, 2 days a week, over a period of 6 months.
    Keep in mind, we all learn at different speeds and you may find some topics require more or less time. As such, the platform will be available to you 24/7.

  • At the beginning of each day, you will receive daily learning objectives from your facilitator. During the day, you will learn at your own pace on the ThriveDX Platform. At the end of the day, you will regroup with your cohort and facilitator for another session to consolidate the day’s learning.

  • The instructor is our platform, which was developed by ThriveDX’s cybersecurity experts. Through the platform, you will access content as well as practice labs and scenarios. In addition, every cohort will be assigned a facilitator, who will be supporting your learning experience and ensuring no one is left behind.

  • In order for you to practice the skills you learn, we have developed over 60 unique hands-on labs that run in virtual machines. These are safe environments where you will be able to run different operating systems, access various tools without installing them on your computer, and practice confidently without putting your computer at risk.

  • In the remote version of the Bootcamp, you will get together with your classmates and facilitator over video conference twice a day, once in the morning and once at the end of the day. During the day, you will be able to communicate with classmates and facilitators via messaging platform.

  • Everything is browser-based so there is no need to install any app or software. We recommend using Chrome internet browser for best experience.

  • In order to participate effectively in the Bootcamp, you will need a laptop able to run video conferencing. This includes an up-to-date operating system, a stable high-speed internet connection, and a working camera and microphone. For a more detailed list please refer to the Zoom System Requirements. In addition, a second screen is recommended for optimal experience.