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A 6 week hands-on-keyboard cybersecurity training program, designed to provide the technical skills employers are looking for.  At the conclusion of the course, HackEd provides participants with introductions to some of the country’s leading companies.  There is no fee to attend or recruit from HackEd.


Situated in our nation’s capital, HackEd is a 6 week, intensive hands-on-keyboard cybersecurity training program.  HackEd has become very competitive, with applicants vying for just 10-15 spots in each cohort. We identify technical professionals with 90% of the necessary technical and soft skills and provide them with the final 10% required for successful careers in cybersecurity.  We then introduce them to employers that are hiring cybersecurity talent.


Our goal is to graduate professionals who are trained and ready to make an immediate impact in SOC/NOC Administration, Vulnerability Assessment, Forensics, Incident Response and junior Penetration Testing roles.  Many of our candidates are suited for client-facing consultant or program manager roles.


We invite our employer partners to recruit from our program and support them with the sourcing, vetting, and training, allowing them to focus on the interviewing and hiring.  Our aim is to provide our hiring partners with job ready candidates who are trained to secure a company network from day one.  See the ‘Our Services’ section for our additional sourcing and training solutions.

Work with your peers in a stimulating environment as you prepare for your next career move.

Learn from industry professionals and develop a comprehensive view of the cybersecurity field.

Showcase your skills to hiring managers and grow your professional network.

Enhance your technical skills and reach professional development milestones.

Collaborate with other professionals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.


This is not a comfortable academic program.  This is not online learning.  This is not a course on cybersecurity policy.  This is an immersive, hands-on-keyboard training operation, where you will start to develop new skills on our proprietary corporate network, Sentinel™.


Each quarterly training operation is divided into 6 week-long modules.  During the first half of the course, you will be trained to think like a hacker, focusing on offensive security.  Once you understand the hacker mentality, you’ll turn to defense for the second part of the course.  The course culminates in a Capture-the-Flag competition in which participants attack and defend simultaneously.  Our curriculum is updated each quarter.


You are encouraged to pursue certifications at the 2 week (Security+), 4 week (CEH- Certified Ethical Hacker) and 6 week mark (OSCP- Offensive Security Certified Professional).  During the program, you will develop and write your own tools, contribute to your Github repository, and participate in different bug bounty programs.  You will meet industry professionals, participate in team challenges and grow your personal and professional networks.  Our goal is to prepare you to join the field of cybersecurity.



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Our curriculum developed by Bud Roth, Daniel Ross, Tobias Mccurry, and Peter Kim, author of “The Hacker Playbook” series.  Our curriculum is paired with a series of real-world labs on our proprietary corporate network, Sentinel™, to help you develop the skills employers are urgently in need of.



Are you interested in hacking, reversing malware, forensics, or incident response, but don't know how to turn this passion into a career?  Security professionals come from all walks of life.  Some have college degrees, and many are self-taught.  Regardless of your education and background, there is a place for you here. We are looking for candidates with most of the following attributes:

Register your interest for the next 6 week immersive by clicking ‘APPLY NOW’ and you will be notified when the next application opens up.  If you don’t get in the first time, we’ll keep your info stored so that it’s easy to apply next time.  Good luck!  Note - the program is not currently available in Virginia or to Virginia residents.


Note: Our employer partners engage with HackEd in order to recruit from the program.  If you are not interested in being considered for a new job, you are not eligible for the program.




    The program is taught in a modern space overlooking the Potomac at 1776, in Arlington, Virginia, minutes from Washington, DC.  Lunch is provided twice weekly on premises, which is right near the Crystal City metro station (served by the Blue and Yellow lines). Parking is available in the building.  Check out 1776 at


    You are welcome to find your own accommodation with friends, family, AirBnb, Homeaway, or in another short-term rental.  We have negotiated a nightly rate with a nearby modern hotel in the range of $79/night single or $150/night shared.  Upon acceptance, let us know if you would like to consider this option. We can also facilitate a roommate match with other students if desired.


    With instruction in the morning and lab work in the afternoon, class runs from  9AM to 5PM.  You will have 24/7 access to our space. You will not be able to hold a job while attending our 6 week immersive.

  • WHY DC?

    DC has more cybersecurity talent and resources than any other city in the world.



    Decisions are issued one month before the start of the training operation.



    Certainly.  You may apply as many times as you like.


If you are able to get into the program, and you’re willing to spend 6 weeks with us, you’ll leave here able and ready to enter an organization and secure a network from Day One.  You’ll grow your professional network and make new friends.  You’ll learn how to break things. You’ll capture a bunch of flags. You’ll leave here ready for a career in cybersecurity.


While you’re with us, you’ll gain exposure to a variety of interesting companies that are in need of talent.  You’ll hear from industry professionals and SMEs who will tell you what to expect in your first security job.  You’ll also be part of a growing community of talented alumni and advisors with diverse IT and business backgrounds.


We don’t care if you’re 18 or 65, whether you went to college or not, and most employers in this field don’t either.  They want to see that you have the skills for the job.  Apply now by clicking on the link below.  See you in DC.










Hire from the program

Are you tired of headhunting and ready to find fresh talent? Save money and time by letting us handle the labor-intensive sourcing, technical vetting,and training on your behalf.  We admit just 1-2% of applicants and train them to be job-ready from Day One.  There are no fees to recruit from HackEd.

Dedicated Pipeline Development

Do you have many cybersecurity openings?  Let HackEd identify and screen candidates based on your requirements, and then put candidates through a custom track with a curriculum tailored to your company's needs.  By shifting the labor-intensive marketing/vetting/training process to us, this is a low-impact opportunity to make 10-20 job-ready hires each quarter with candidates not currently in your pipeline.

Recruiting & Staffing

Recruiting for top talent?  Contact us to discuss your requirements and let us conduct a search for candidates in our applicant pool and in our wider network and community.  Our recruiting team will perform the sourcing and screening and our technical team will handle the preliminary technical vetting.  Our process sets you up for strong interviews and a quicker time-to-hire.

Workforce Development & Training

Are you looking for ways to reward and retain your existing cybersecurity team?  Help keep your team up-to-date with industry best practices and ensure your current infrastructure is in good hands.  Our hands-on-keyboard training can be delivered as a seven-week intensive, or in week-long modules.  Our content is customizable and can be delivered onsite, offsite, or remotely.  Our training is entirely skills-oriented and participants work in Sentinel™, our proprietary lab environment.

Curriculum Licensing

Is your school, company, or organization looking for curriculum to teach your members?  It is expensive and labor-intensive to develop and maintain a corporate network that is riddled with vulnerabilities.  By licensing our curriculum and our proprietary Sentinel™ lab environment, your program can be up and running quickly.  As a cloud-based managed service, we handle the updates and maintenance so that you can focus on teaching.





HackEd is committed to providing the best possible learning experience to our students and a new and creative recruiting approach to our hiring partners.




Jon is focused on providing the best possible experience to both program participants and hiring partners alike. Prior to this, Jon co-founded The Data Incubator, a successful data science training program.  He managed the company’s expansion and built a talented partnerships team that attracted over 250 hiring partners.  Program alumni now work for top companies around the world.




Author of “The Hacker Playbook” series.  Peter has worked as a penetration tester and incident responder for the utility, entertainment, financial, and government sectors.”  He is passionate about teaching and runs LETHAL, one of the country's largest ethical hacker meetup groups.





Tyrone E. Wilson is an Information Security professional with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology. As an information systems analyst for the Army, Wilson developed security structures to ensure American intelligence systems were protected from foreign threats. Wilson is also the organizer of the world’s largest cybersecurity meetup group, “D.C. Cyber Security Professionals,” with over 3500 professionals. Tyrone is passionate about teaching and helping people transition into the Industry.




Jason is a business strategy consultant, investor, and serial entrepreneur with a passion for companies with a social mission. He is also a Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Techstars and Director for their Startup Next DC program that is supporting early-stage cyber security companies.

Bud Roth


Bud is a senior leader with security clearance and 25 years' experience with the SEC, DOD, and Deloitte.  He is also fluent in Japanese and holds a black belt in Judo.



Sara has a background in corporate training projects and operations for global organizations, and is charged with supporting our candidates and participants. Sara is also an avid tech nerd and agile project management supporter. She grew up in Switzerland, is fluent in French and speaks some German.



Tobias Mccurry is a top penetration tester, with over over 15 years’ experience in different areas of IT. Tobias specializes in identifying vulnerabilities that have been previously unidentified. He works to lower client risk by evaluating and mitigating critical vulnerabilities. Tobias has published in the SANS Reading Room, Hacker Academy, and the Infosec Institute. He holds a B.S in Computer Science and is pursuing Master of Science in Information Security Engineering with SANS. He maintains multiple industry certifications.

Jhanina Santiago


Jhanina has a background in CS, HR, and cybersecurity, and is charged with supporting our clients and our participants.  Jhanina is also a talented Hacker, and went through our program in April.  She is originally from Bolivia, and is fluent in Spanish.



Marcelle is a highly respected forensics expert. Marcelle loves to teach and holds most of the major certifications and several degrees.  She is involved with several organizations, including the Womens Society of Cyberjutsu and the ISSA group on Women in Security.  She enjoys biking, hiking, and spending time with her family.




Katie is  passionate about stopping evolving cyber threats from thwarting innovation. She has experience in conducting cybersecurity maturity assessments and authoring enterprise-wide incident management strategies. Katie also has extensive experience with startups through Startup Weekend, Techstars, and Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group.




Nick is a digital markets analyst, social media strategist, and visual design consultant. He has a background in politics, economics, and journalism, but decided to apply his creative passions and marketing skills to building up the tech industry.


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