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The University of Western Australia Cybersecurity Boot Camp

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UWA Cybersecurity Boot Camp
Location: Virtual
Contact admissions at +61 8 6255 5512
Is The Cybersecurity Boot Camp right for you?

Big data needs big protection. In just the last two years, 90 percent of the world’s data has been created.* As computer networks grow, so too does the quantity of vulnerable information.

The University of Western Australia Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attain proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security, throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks.

  • Gain experience with a host of popular tools such as Wireshark, Kali Linux, Metasploit, Nessus, and more.
  • Learn skills applicable to certifications such as the CompTIA Security+, Network+, Linux+, Server+, Cloud+, and certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
  • Advance your skill set even if you’re currently employed or in school through convenient evening classes.
  • Benefit from a comprehensive set of career services to help equip you for success as you work to change career paths or advance in your current position.
Is The Cybersecurity Boot Camp right for you?

If you are eager to become a digital defender and learn how to keep data safe from prying eyes, or if any of the below describe you, enrolling in this program could help put you on the path to achieving your goals:

  • You are currently working in a technical field and want to expand your cyber knowledge, better understand how to keep data secure, and learn hands-on skills to apply on the job.
  • You are a part of a company that has urgent cybersecurity needs to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data and software.
  • You understand the growing need for cybersecurity professionals and want to become a part of making the internet a safer space. 
  • You are a tech enthusiast looking to start your career in tech and get your foot in the door in the world of networking and security.
Ready to take the next step? Contact us today.
Learn market-driven skills

Building on the basics

Achieving your goals in cybersecurity requires not only deep security knowledge but also experience with the application of that knowledge. Our curriculum is designed to give you both the knowledge you need to move toward the cybersecurity industry and ample experience applying that knowledge to real-world problems.

Throughout the program, you will learn tools and technologies vetted by current practitioners, and learn skills applicable to certifications expected of all serious security professionals.

At The Cybersecurity Boot Camp, you’ll get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques, and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture. You’ll learn from skilled trainers and gain real-world experience by collaborating with your peers. Through hands-on application, you’ll gain the confidence you need to tap into the industry. The curriculum* will dive into the foundational skills for cybersecurity, including:


  • Packet analysis
  • Wireshark


  • Windows and Linux administration techniques
  • Windows and Linux hardening


  • 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
*The material covered is subject to change to ensure its currency and based on academic review.
By the time you complete the program, you will know how to:
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments using tools like Metasploit to profile an application for vulnerabilities, and then exploit those vulnerabilities
  • Configure machines on a virtual network, deploy them to the cloud, and investigate cloud security risks
  • Identify suspicious patterns of user behavior to identify bots, intruders, and other malicious actors
  • Write Bash scripts to automate security and operating systems tasks
How to apply to The Cybersecurity Boot Camp
  1. Submit form. Fill out the contact form and select the program you’re interested in to request more information.
  2. Interview and application. An admissions team member will connect with you to discuss program details and answer any questions you may have. Then, you will fill out a short application.
  3. Assessment. Complete a basic multiple-choice critical thinking and problem-solving assessment. No prior industry knowledge is required.
  4. Enrolment. Once you are accepted into the program, you will determine which financial option is right for you. Secure your seat by signing your enrolment agreement and paying your deposit.

The Cybersecurity Boot Camp schedule

Part-time cybersecurity program

  • Length: 24 weeks
  • Schedule: Classes are held three days a week on a convenient part-time schedule, speak with admissions for details.

Currently enrolling:

  • Coding, part-time 9 October 2023
  • Data analytics, part-time 13 November 2023
  • Cybersecurity, part-time 30 October 2023

Our cybersecurity boot camp is held through our online classroom experience. Call us at +61 8 6255 5512 for more information on how to apply.

While some background knowledge is helpful, no experience is needed as long as you are dedicated and eager to learn. Our pre-course tutorials will help you prepare for our program.

No, applicants to The Cybersecurity Boot Camp do not need to be students of The University of Western Australia. This program is offered through The University of Western Australia in partnership with edX.

The cost of the part-time program is $12,000 excluding GST.* A six-month interest-free payment plan is available for flexible installments.

Interest-free ZeeFi 24-month payment plan: Learners can apply for this extended payment plan option. A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your seat in class. The rest of the tuition will be split into twenty-four equal monthly payments.

Fill out the online form to speak with admissions to get more details or learn about other available financial options.

*Tuition is subject to change

Important Note: Any loan arrangement you enter with ZeeFi Pty Ltd, ACN 618 345 314 (Australian Credit Licence 498589), or any other third party, is an arrangement directly between you and the loan provider; any loan you receive is not provided by either edX Boot Camps or The University. Neither edX Boot Camps nor The University receive any commissions or payments for referral or successful loan applications. The lender’s loan approval criteria will apply and you should consider the terms and conditions of any loan carefully. We are not credit advisors. We make no representations about whether you will be given a loan or whether a loan will be suitable for you, and recommend you seek your own independent advice before entering into any loan arrangement. We are not responsible for representations made to you by any credit provider.

Students who successfully complete the boot camp will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with edX. The program is not accredited.

Cybersecurity curriculum
In just 24 weeks, The University of Western Australia Cybersecurity Boot Camp will give you the technical skills you need to protect today’s cyber space. Through immersive hands-on experience, you will not only learn the fundamental skills for cybersecurity, but also put them into action on practical exercises.  

Part-time cybersecurity program

Learning module: Security fundamentals


In this module, you will learn to think like a cybersecurity professional by assessing threats and mitigating risks. You will also look at security from an organisational perspective as you dive into governance, risk, and compliance. You will learn how security controls impact an organisation and its employees. This will enable you to communicate with non-security professionals, work with stakeholders outside of the security space, and understand how teams interact in an organisation.

What you will learn:

  • CIA triad
  • Governance
  • Risk analysis and risk mitigation
  • Compliance
  • Business continuity planning
  • Disaster recovery

Learning module: Systems administration


You will cover both Linux and Windows systems administration. You will gain hands-on experience working with the command line and bash commands that are prominent in IT roles. You will configure and audit servers, as well as harden and secure them from malicious attacks.

What you will learn:

  • Linux server configuration
  • Tar, cron, and cronjobs
  • Logging
  • Bash scripting and programming
  • Windows server configuration
  • Active directory
  • Kerberos

Learning module: Networks and network security


You will dive into network configuration, design, protocols, and data communication. You will study cryptography, network security, cloud security, and virtualisation.

What you will learn:

  • Network architecture, operations, and security
  • Wireshark and traffic analysis
  • Email security
  • Wireless security
  • Cryptography and encryption
  • Port scanning
  • Cloud security and virtualisation

Learning module: Defensive security


You will dive into SIEMs and network security monitoring. You will cover the incident response framework and practice responding to different breaches and attacks. You will also cover digital forensics and how to recover deleted data as part of preparing evidence for a legal case.

What you will learn:

  • Splunk
  • Monitoring and logging
  • Incident response
  • Forensics
  • Data extraction and recovery

Learning module: Offensive security


You will gain a thorough understanding of web applications, databases, and the vulnerabilities and hardening associated with them. You will dive into penetration testing using tools like Metasploit to attack and compromise networks and servers.

What you will learn:

  • Burp Suite
  • XSS vulnerabilities and payloads
  • SQL injection
  • Webshells
  • File inclusion and command injection vulnerabilities
  • Penetration testing execution standard
  • Searchsploit and Metasploit
  • Zenmap
  • Metasploit
  • Pivoting networks

Learning module: Test prep and final projects


You will focus on certification prep for Security+ and CEH exams and conclude the program with a final group project.

What you will learn:

  • Security+
  • CEH

Program schedule & locations

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