NYCEDC and Fullstack Academy Launch Cyber Bootcamp to Strengthen Cybersecurity Workforce in NYC
New York, NY — New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Fullstack Academy, one of the longest-running and most successful technology bootcamps in the nation, have announced the launch of the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp. Eligible New Yorkers will receive a full-tuition Cyber NYC Bootcamp Scholarship in an effort to increase access to cybersecurity career opportunities for low-income students and professionals in New York City. The first Cyber Bootcamp cohort began earlier this month with 24 students who received full-tuition scholarships.
The announcement of the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp is part of Fullstack Academy’s existing partnership with NYCEDC and its Cyber NYC program, a $100 million public-private investment to make New York City a global leader in cybersecurity and create 10,000 jobs.
“NYCEDC is building a new generation of cyber talent in New York City,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “Through Cyber NYC, Fullstack Academy’s Cyber Bootcamp will prepare students and young professionals from diverse backgrounds for local jobs in cybersecurity. NYCEDC is excited to be part of this ambitious initiative, which will close the readiness gap and deliver good paying, in-demand jobs for New Yorkers.”
“The potential impact for New York City in building its cybersecurity workforce is significant, but it can only be achieved by broadening access to education,” said Nimit Maru, co-founder, Fullstack Academy. “Thanks to our partnership with NYCEDC, we’re helping to realize this potential and fuel the local economy.”
“With the Cyber Bootcamp, we’re taking students from novice to in-demand cybersecurity professional in just 17 weeks; from there, we can connect students with local employers to begin making meaningful progress toward the Cyber NYC goal,” added David Yang, co-founder, Fullstack Academy.
The $7.8 million partnership between NYCEDC and Fullstack Academy, a certified MBE and a subsidiary of Zovio, includes over $2 million in scholarships to 150 students with diverse backgrounds who come through LaGuardia Community College’s Cyber Bootcamp Bridge program. Through the Bridge program students will receive professional development and career counseling servicing in addition to training in the fundamentals of cyber security that will enable their success in the Fullstack Bootcamp and cybersecurity careers thereafter. Students admitted into the Bridge program will be eligible to attend both the Bridge and the Bootcamp for free.
The Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp program qualifies students for two specific cybersecurity roles—Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst and Penetration Tester. The curriculum includes lectures, workshops, red team/blue team training, and hands-on cyber-attack simulations. The 17-week, full-time program will teach both “red team” (offense) and “blue team” (defense) skills and will train students to use state-of-the-art cybersecurity tools, as well as for multiple advanced cybersecurity certifications.
“Cybersecurity is growing at a rapid pace, with both the private and public sectors making critical investments in talent and innovation,” said John Paul Farmer, New York City’s Chief Technology Officer. “I’m excited about the City’s partnership with Fullstack Academy, whose accelerated training program will serve as a launchpad for students and professionals interested in good-paying, in-demand jobs in this growing field.”
“The Fullstack Academy Cyber Bootcamp is an excellent opportunity for NYC’s tech students to fine tune their skills in the burgeoning cybersecurity industry,” said City Council Member Peter Koo, former Chair of the Technology Committee. “Thank you to EDC and Fullstack Academy for their partnership and commitment to ensuring our local NYC tech talent receives the resources it needs to succeed.”
«In this 21st century era, continuously finding new and innovative ways to rise and meet the challenges that cybersecurity threats present to society is critical,» said City Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. «The Fullstack Academy Cyber Bootcamp will train, certify and prepare New York City’s next generation of cybersecurity professionals and launch them into highly in-demand and vital cybersecurity careers, making our City more prepared to inventively face the challenges of tomorrow.»