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Cybersecurity Engineering
in Washington, D.C.

There’s never been a better time to join the mission to prevent global cybercrime. Developed in collaboration with top employers and industry pros, this 15-week will fast-track the tech skills you need for a new career as a tier 1+ cyber professional in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming

Program Dates

Washington, D.C.

Sep 14, 2020 - Dec 25, 2020

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Washington, D.C.

Jan 4, 2021 - Apr 16, 2021

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Washington, D.C.

Apr 19, 2021 - Jul 30, 2021

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Awarded Best Cybersecurity Bootcamp for Q1 2020 by Career Karma

We’re honored and grateful that we’re a top ranked Cybersecurity Bootcamp by Career Karma for Q1 2020, a leading authority in the bootcamp community of students. These awards were granted based on reviews from our alumni who’ve transformed their careers through our cybersecurity program.

Safeguard our systems from threats with a career in cybersecurity

Looking for a career with purpose? Cybersecurity professionals work to protect the digital networks, data and devices we rely on from unauthorized access and malicious cyber criminals.

Designed for students with technical backgrounds, this rigorous 15-week program will teach you real skills using real tools, including our custom-built ‘Cyber Range’ lab environment. Thanks to our proven, employer-oriented curriculum, you’ll graduate prepared for a range of vital tier 1+ cybersecurity roles — like security engineer or penetration tester — in months, instead of years.

Find out if we’re right for you — schedule a chat with our D.C. Admissions Team.

Learn in-demand skills

With a rigorous, intensive 15-week learning journey, you’ll elevate your skills, build your confidence, and prepare yourself with the know-how to take on real-world cyber threats. This immersion lets you start your cybersecurity career in months instead of years.

Career-focused curriculum

We teach and prepare our students for the skills you need for a cybersecurity career – the skills employers are looking for – with a carefully balanced combination of theory and hands-on practical skills. 50% of your learning will take place in our unique, real-world Cyber Range lab – a sandbox where you can safely explore, hack, track, gather, break, and build things.

We’re here to help you land a job

We believe in you – so we do everything we can to support your switch into your new cybersecurity career. Get dedicated career support, access to our extensive US employer network, and a Money-Back Guarantee (see terms).

What you'll learn: comprehensive cybersecurity engineering skills

During 15 intense weeks on Flatiron School’s D.C. campus, our Cybersecurity Engineering curriculum will prepare you for a jump into the cybersecurity industry. You’ll get fluent in cybersecurity tools like Python, Wireshark, Linux, and Metasploit, then learn how to use them to defend against cybercriminals. The program includes 9 modules designed to fully prepare you for a career as a tier 1+ security engineer, technical analyst, penetration tester or consultant.

See how cybersecurity engineering differs from cybersecurity analytics.

Join the global cybersecurity mission

Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats facing companies worldwide today. According to Cisco/Cybersecurity Ventures’ 2019 Cybersecurity Almanac, it’s predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021. 

But there’s a skills gap – employer demand is rapidly outpacing the supply of highly trained cybersecurity specialists, especially in Washington, D.C., where there are nearly 8 times as many cybersecurity jobs available as the national average, according to Cyberseek.org.

That’s where our Cybersecurity Engineering program comes in — we’ll equip you with one of the most in-demand skill sets in the D.C. job market and beyond. This course will prepare you for a broad range of cybersecurity jobs, including security engineer, pen tester, security analyst and security consultant.

Student life at Flatiron School

By joining the Cybersecurity Engineering program, you’ll become part of our thriving tech community in downtown D.C., just steps from the National Mall.

Our full-time D.C. Cybersecurity Engineering program is in session 5 days per week for 15 weeks and follows a block schedule. We use a unique instructional architecture to maximize instructor interaction and lab exercises. Designated lab times let you engage in hands-on learning, while key cybersecurity topics are covered during classes. Most classes will occur twice a week. Each class is a half-day in length with a lunch break between subjects.

Throughout the program, you’ll progress through longer “foundational” courses while tackling shorter, domain-specific topics.

Below is an example of a day at Flatiron School:

9 a.m.

9 a.m.

Lecture

Theory and Demonstration

11 a.m.

11 a.m.

Labs

Hands-on labs in the Cyber Range

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Lecture

Theory and Demonstration

4 p.m.

4 p.m.

Labs

Hands-on labs in the Cyber Range

6 p.m.

6 p.m.

Study Time

You’ll end the day reviewing concepts and strategising the next steps for your personal projects.

Is Cybersecurity Engineering the right choice for me?

Still not sure if Cybersecurity Engineering is right for you? Schedule a chat with our Admissions team to get your questions answered.

Your technical experience

To succeed in our cybersecurity engineering course, it will help if you have some knowledge of programming languages, as well as familiarity with Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems.

About you

This course is ideal for people who are organized leaders, proficient decoders, and detail-oriented individuals who are passionate about tech and computer systems.

Your previous education

We place a higher value on technical ability over formal education. Networking engineering certifications and degrees in technology, science and mathematics are helpful.

Your cybersecurity instructors

Great teachers inspire us to connect with topics on a profound level. Industry experience alone doesn’t necessarily make someone an effective teacher –– that’s why we’re passionate about finding people who possess extensive cybersecurity experience and are also deeply committed, experienced teachers.

Dr. Jim Borders
Lead Cyber Instructor

Jim oversees cyber instruction for all campuses. Jim was formerly the head of Intl. Relations and Defense Policy at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he led scholarship in Intelligence studies.

Anna London
Lead Cyber Instructor

Anna oversees cyber instruction at Flatiron School's Washington, D.C. campus. She has a diverse background in military, government and private industry cybersecurity, having supported the FBI, Department of State and KPMG, to name a few.

Launch your career in cybersecurity with support from our Career Services team

We’re here to help you land a job in cybersecurity. After years working with passionate students and helping them land fulfilling careers in tech, we’ve got a keen understanding of what goes into getting that first job.

Individual career coaching

During your job search, you’ll meet weekly with your dedicated Career Coach. Coaches help with everything from résumé review to interview prep, and help you tell your story to get the job you want.

Vast employer network

We’ve built relationships with hiring managers at top companies, creating a robust employer pipeline for Flatiron School grads. Our Employer Partnerships team is constantly evangelizing our grads and helping you get in the door.

Proven job-search framework

Through 1:1 guidance from our Career Coaching team and our tried-and-tested job-search framework, you’ll gain the skills and support you need to get a job and start your career in cybersecurity.

Money-back guarantee

Change careers with confidence thanks to our Money-Back Guarantee. If you graduate, follow our job-search process, and don’t secure a job offer within 6 months of your job search start date, we’ll refund your tuition in full (see terms).

Cybersecurity careers in D.C.

Our Flatiron School grads have created powerful change and made contributions at respected companies in D.C. and across the globe.*

*Students placed with employers while studying with SecureSet Academy, our sister program in Colorado, which has a curriculum substantially similar to the Flatiron School Cybersecurity Engineering program.

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Program Dates
Cohort Start DateStatus
Sep 14, 2020Dec 25, 2020Open
Jan 4, 2021Apr 16, 2021Open
Apr 19, 2021Jul 30, 2021Open
Aug 2, 2021Nov 12, 2021Open

What the application process looks like

Start your journey toward a career in cybersecurity engineering by joining our inclusive and dynamic student community. At Flatiron School, we admit students who bring creativity, ingenuity, and curiosity to the classroom.

Not sure if Cybersecurity Engineering is right for you? Schedule a chat with our D.C. Admissions team.

Step 1 → Apply

Submit your application. Share a bit about yourself and what’s driving you to start a career in cybersecurity engineering.

Step 2 → Admissions interview

Speak with an Admissions representative in a non-technical interview. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better. Nothing technical — just a friendly conversation.

What do we look for in a Flatiron School student?

Step 3 → Technical review

During the technical review, our instructors will learn more about your overall technical background and you will have the chance to get to know our instructors and their teaching style.

Step 4 → Admissions decision

Receive your acceptance decision from Admissions. This usually happens within 4 business days.

Step 5 → Prework

If accepted, you'll begin course pre-work to prepare for the first day of class.

Frequently asked questions

You can also view our main FAQ page.

What is cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems from theft or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data. Our students are taught to be “ethical” hackers. They protect organizations against “threat actors” or bad hackers.

What kind of jobs could I get after completing the Cybersecurity Engineering program?

Our Cybersecurity Engineering program teaches the skills to succeed in roles such as entry-level Security Engineer, Security Analyst, Security Consultant and Security Pen Tester. Check out our Cybersecurity Engineering page for more details! 

Strong candidates for our Cybersecurity Engineering program will be detail-oriented with creative problem solving skills. Candidates should have a natural interest in programming and/or computer networks, passion and determination to excel and a strong work ethic. Having basic computer and programming skills is also helpful, as well as a general understanding of computers, networks and systems. Students should have a High school diploma or equivalent. Having a networking engineering certification AS, BS, MS, BA, MA in Comp Sci, Math, etc. is also helpful.

Where can I attend Flatiron School's Cybersecurity Engineering on-campus program?
  • New York:  11 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, ph: (646) 693-4977

  • Washington D.C.: 1440 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, ph: (202) 350-0061

Do I need my own computer to attend Flatiron School?

Yes, you need a computer to participate in all of our programs. If you don’t have one already, we can provide you with a list of suggested vendors from which you may lease or buy a computer. Computer requirements vary by program; you can find out more information on our Computer Requirements page.

How long does it take to graduate?

On-Campus students typically graduate in 3 1/2 months. Online students can graduate anywhere between 5 and 15 months, depending on the program you choose.

What is the schedule like for On-Campus programs at Flatiron School?

Students are required to be on campus Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. During these hours, you'll be working on projects, lectures, and assignments. In addition to the required hours, most students need to invest additional time on nights and weekends to complete the work and fully understand the material. You should expect to invest at least 60 hours a week in the program.

Our campuses are generally open to students 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (except holidays), and we often find our students working hard at all hours to finish homework and projects. Students find it extremely difficult to have any other commitments during their studies, such as a part-time job.

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