Pivot Tech 20 Week Bootcamps

Cyber Security


In our Cybersecurity cohort, you’ll learn the ins and outs of protecting your company’s network and sensitive data from attacks, damage and unauthorized access. 


Blue padlock icon computer security system vector

This course builds upon foundational hardware and software skills.Prerequisite knowledge of hardware and basic utilization of Windows and Linux Operating Systems is required. This course examines and exposes students to techniques and tools to protect organizations digital assets. The course studies mobile devices, cloud computing, network monitoring, digital forensics and scripting. The goal of this course is to prepare the student for an entry level career in cybersecurity or system administration.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

• Analyze traffic using Wireshark
• Demonstrate use of Group Policy Objects
• Create Linux Scripts
• Demonstrate use of PowerShell
• Active Directory password resets
• Demonstrate use of Intrusion Detection Systems
• Illustrate use of Mobile Device Management Tools
• Demonstrate ability to use vulnerability assessment tools


This course is offered in a virtual, synchronous platform with Teachable serving as the learning  management system. Class sessions are held twice a week at night, which each session lasting a duration of three (3) hours. Lab sessions are held twice a week at night, which each session lasting a duration of two (2) hours. Regular attendance is required, and students are expected to be present in the learning environment by the scheduled starting time of the class. Additional course requirements and grading standards are communicated by the course instructor.

The course instructional methodology is as follows :

• Demonstration
• Hands-on experience
• Assignments
• Projects
• Exams


Comptia A+ Core 1

Week 1 – Mobile Devices

Install and configure laptop hardware and components

Display components of mobile devices

Set up and configure accessories and ports of mobile devices

Configure basic mobile-device network connectivity
and application support


Week 2 – Networking

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User
Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports, protocols, and their

Common networking hardware

Protocols for wireless networking

Summarize services provided by networked hosts

Install and configure basic wired/wireless small
office/home office (SOHO) networks

Common network configuration concepts

Internet connection types, network types, and their

Networking Tools


Week 3 – Hardware

Basic cable types and their connectors, features, and

Install the appropriate RAM

Storage devices

Install and configure motherboards, central

Install and configure motherboards, central

Deploy and configure multifunction devices / printers and settings

Install and replace printer consumables


Week 4 – Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Cloud – computing concepts

Client-side virtualization

Week 5 – Hardware and Network Troubleshooting

Best practice methodology to resolve problems

Troubleshoot problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPU, and power

Troubleshoot and diagnose problems with storage drives and RAID arrays

Troubleshoot video, projector, and display issues

Troubleshoot common issues with mobile devices

Trouble problems with wired and wireless networks

Comptia A+ Core 2

Week 6 – Operating Systems

Common operating types and their purposes

Microsoft Windows Versions

Summarize general OS installation considerations and upgrade methods

Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft command line tools

Microsoft Windows Control Panel Utilities

Microsoft operating system features and tools

Application installation and configuration concepts

Features and tools of the Mac OS and Linux client / desktop operating systems

Configure Microsoft Windows networking on a client / desktop

Week 7 – Security

Importance of Physical security measures

Wireless security protocols and authentication methods

Explain logical security concepts

Social engineering, threats, and vulnerabilities

Implement security best practices to secure a workstation

Microsoft Windows OS security settings

Implement methods for securing mobile devices

Implement appropriate data destruction and disposal methods

Configure security on SOHO wireless and wired networks

Week 8 – Software Troubleshooting

Troubleshoot Microsoft Windows OS problems

Troubleshoot and resolve PC security issues

Best practice procedures for malware removal

Troubleshoot mobile OS and application issues

Troubleshoot mobile OS and application security issues

Week 9 & 10 – Operational Procedures

Compare and contrast best practices associated with types of documentation

Given a scenario, implement basic change management best practices

Given a scenario, implement basic disaster prevention and recovery methods

Explain common safety procedures

Explain environmental impacts and appropriate controls

Given a scenario, use proper communication techniques and professionalism

Explain the processes for addressing prohibited content / activity, and privacy, licensing, and policy concepts

Comptia Security+

Week 11 and 12 – Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities

Compare and contrast different types of social engineering techniques

Analyze potential indicators to determine the type of attack

Analyze potential indicators associated with application attacks

Given a scenario, analyze potential indicators associated with network attacks

Threat actors, vectors, and intelligence sources. Explain the security concerns associated with 

Penetration testing

Week 13 and 14 – Architecture and Design

Security concepts in an enterprise environment

Virtualization and cloud computing concepts 

Secure application development, deployment, and automation concepts

Authentication and Authorization design concepts

Given a scenario, implement cyber security resilience

Security implications of embedded and specialized systems

Cryptographic concepts

Week 15 & 16 – Implementation

Implement secure protocols.

Implement host or application security solutions.

Implement secure network designs.

Install and configure wireless security settings.

Implement secure mobile solutions.

Apply cybersecurity solutions to the cloud.

Implement identity and account management controls.

Implement authentication and authorization solutions.

Implement public key infrastructure.

Week 17 & 18 – Operations and Incident Response

Appropriate tool to assess organizational security.

Policies, processes, and procedures for incident response.

Utilize appropriate data sources to support an investigation.

Incident, apply mitigation techniques or controls to secure an environment.

Key aspects of digital forensics.

Week 19 & 20 – Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Compare and contrast various types of controls.

Applicable regulations, standards, or frameworks that impact organizational security posture.

Policies to organizational security. Summarize risk management processes and concepts.

Privacy and sensitive data concepts in relation to security.


Week 11
Suricata Basics
Suricata IDS rules

Week 12
Assignment: Getting familiarized with
leading vendors and security products
Guest speaker

Week 13
Windows – CMD Basics
Windows Registry
Windows Services
Windows Scheduled Tasks
Windows Promon
Windows Sysmon

Week 14
Project Introduction
Group member role identification
(Scribe, Coordinator, Presenter, Lab)

Week 15
Project Outline Approved by instructor

Week 16
Virtual Environment Complete

Week 17
Presentation Complete

Week 18
Group presentation to instructor

Week 19
Full Class Presentation

Week 20
Demo Day
Graduation Day