Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Aurora in 5 weeks even if you have no experience--without a student loan!

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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Aurora in 5 weeks even if you have no experience--without a student loan!

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and can now work in cybersecurity where there was a tremendous demand and far more demand than supply. You already have all the skills required. How good would it be?

You can choose the companies that offer the highest pay and benefits. This will allow you to make your own career choices.

Now, you are either stuck in a dead-end occupation or worse, out of work. Perhaps you tried some classes at your local community college, a self-paced course or the four-year degree program at the college. There are also all the risks and debt associated with a student loan.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way:

It is possible to start your training and have it completed in as little as five weeks. You might be able even to do it free of charge if you’re unemployed.

You’ll find all the answers in this article. You just have to keep reading.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

What You Need To Know About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity is the protection and security of computer networks and systems from malicious attacks.
  • This practice involves protecting information technology infrastructure from disruption and data within the system or network.

Why Is Cybersecurity Important?

  • Cybersecurity is crucial because it protects personal data, identities, and identities from being stolen either by hackers, or foreign governments.
  • It’s becoming more difficult to remain secure with the rise in cybercrime.
  • With the increasing cybercrime, it is important to protect our identities and personal data from being stolen by hackers or foreign governments as this protects us from financial loss.

Why start a career in Cybersecurity?

  • Over the past six year, cybersecurity job openings have increased 94%.
  • If you’re interested in a career that is constantly evolving and changing, there’s no better time than right now to start a career in the cybersecurity industry.
  • Cybersecurity is an expanding industry with many different jobs that offer great career opportunities. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job openings in this field will be at least as high or higher than the number of workers who enter the field each year.
  • That means there should always be a demand for cybersecurity professionals.

How can I tell if I’m a good candidate to work as a cybersecurity professional?

  • Technology, in particular cybersecurity, requires passion.
  • If you’re not, you won’t be able to work remotely and focus on the job.
  • A problem solver is a must, as well as being curious about the workings of things and paying attention to details.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Estimated Average Salaries

  • The estimated average annual salary for cybersecurity professionals in the United States is $112,974 as of January 17, 2022.
  • Cybersecurity average salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $145,000. (75th%)
  • Entry-level positions typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it difficult to get a job as a cybersecurity professional?

  • Not always.
  • It is important to understand that the demand for cybersecurity professionals will always be there, but you’ll have to be smart and strategic in your approach to getting into this career and how to advance.
  • According to a job survey, 70% said that certifications were the most important training they received for their careers. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree, and only 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What are the responsibilities of entry-level people working in Cybersecurity?

As with any IT job, you’ll be working with computers. There are many tasks you will need to perform, including:

  • The development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting problems with the systems you work on.
  • System monitoring for malicious activity like viruses and hackers.   
  • Preventing and investigating cyberattacks on computers, networks, and other devices.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activity, such as hacking, malware, or viruses.
  • Conducting tests to determine the security level of computer systems within an organization.

The possibilities are limitless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to Get Hired in Cybersecurity even without a degree?

  • CompTIA Cybersecurity+ and CompTIA Net+ are two of the most important certifications that you’ll need, if you’re new to cybersecurity.
  • This is why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation.
  • Technically, it has been updated by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart.
  • It states that if you are in a position where you might be exposed to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications they have listed for that position.
  • CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement.
  • Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain this certification.
  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are prerequisites. You will need to have a solid foundation in order to take those courses.
  • These certifications will help you get further than a diploma in cybersecurity. You’ll also be able to get there more quickly.
  • These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

What is DOD-8570, and why is it important in cybersecurity?

  • This federal directive is issued by the Department of Defense (DOD). It specifies that all US government agencies must adhere to specific cybersecurity requirements in order to protect information systems.
  • It also defines these terms and prohibits their use in the DOD.
  • The Defense Technical Information Center (DoD-8570) issued the directive on November 20, 1985. Its purpose was to protect DoD information systems from potential vulnerabilities of classified or unclassified information.
  • This means that there is a requirement for most positions in this area that you hold at least one of the listed certifications.
  • CompTIA security+ is usually the minimum required.
  • What has happened is that many companies, even those who will never do business with the government, are copycats, and require the same certifications as the companies who are required to do so.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a Cybersecurity Degree versus Cybersecurity Certifications?

Degree vs Certifications

  • A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer.
  • The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
  • Employers want to see that you have the right certification.
  • Also, there is a legal requirement (see above).
  • According to Information Week’s Dark Reading salary survey, 70% said that certifications are the most important training for their careers. Only 10% said they had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

What Should Cybersecurity Training Look Like?

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many people desire remote training. However you should attend live classes rather than self-study.
  • It is a more enjoyable learning experience. You can also ask questions and view the answers of other students.
  • You should record the classes so that you can go back and review them later.
  • It should not cost extra to repeat classes if you have any questions.
  • Labs should be available for you to practice the concepts in a hands-on setting. You will learn and retain the concepts better if you do them more often.
  • It is important to have practice exams in order to make sure that you are prepared before taking the exam. It is a good idea to have opportunities to practice for the exam with the instructor.
  • Instructors should be available for additional questions if necessary.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get the cybersecurity training and certifications you need in five weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Pro program

Overview

  • Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association are globally respected industry representatives. The Cyber Security IT Pro program curriculum and hands on labs were developed by Microsoft.
  • In order to meet the requirements of Defense Directive 8570.1, CompTIA has developed a curriculum authored by some of the world’s leading technologists and experts in education.
  • Instruction 8570.1 states that individuals who work in the public sector, government contractors, and military personnel have to be trained in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. This training is required to help strengthen and secure DoD information and networks.
  • This program will teach students how to secure computers, mobile devices, and networks.
  • Students will learn how basic security services can be implemented on Microsoft Operating Systems-based computers and networks.

OUR CLASSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will teach students how to install basic software programs and how to setup a computer workstation.
  • This course teaches students the basics of how a computer works, what its devices are, and how to use basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • We will teach students the principles of software and database development.
  • This course will teach you how to create a home network, and connect mobile devices with the internet.
  • The students will also learn about security issues that can affect computer and network use.
  • 40 hours (1 week if taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending evening classes).

Microsoft 40032 Network And Security Fundamentals

  • This course allows participants to learn the skills and information necessary for performing day-to-day functions pertaining to Advanced Network Infrastructures, Network Hardware, Protocols and Services, Security Layers, Windows 10 Operating System Security, Advanced Network Security, New Security Software and addresses new security threats.
  • 40 hours (1 week if taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending evening classes)

CompTIA A+

  • This program will teach students the latest computer skills needed by computer support professionals, proving their readiness to be technicians.
  • Students will be able to perform basic networking and install, configure, diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform preventive maintenance.
  • The course will allow students to learn how to manage PC hardware in a business environment, such as troubleshooting, replacing, and installing components.
  • The course also focuses on supporting and troubleshooting laptops, devices, printers, and smartphones.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA Network+

  • This course is intended to teach students how configure TCP/IP client.
  • Students will learn how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage wireless and wired networks.
  • The objective is that they will also acquire skills to support emerging technologies such as cloud-based computing and virtualization
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA Security+

  • As you learn more about computers and operating systems, you’ll be able develop the skills needed to implement basic security services.
  • Students will be able to solve real-world security problems by using real-world problem solving.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).
Our Classes - The Cybersecurity IT Pro
Cybersecurity IT Pro-Program benefits

How This Program benefits You

  • You can complete your training in 5 weeks and be ready to work in just 10 weeks if you are taking night classes.
  • Classes are remote and live, which means you have a live instructor, making them interactive. However, you can also take them at your home.
  • You have access for six months to virtual labs. This allows you to practice as often and as often as necessary.
  • Within 6 months, you can take any class again for no cost
  • Included are practice exams.
  • Exam Crams include.
  • Exam vouchers are included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Assistance with job placement is provided. We have a full-time career services director who will help with your job search, including help with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills, and how to get past the applicant tracking systems. Training is provided for thousands of employees. Many of them have hired us to train, and many of our jobs aren’t even advertised.
  • Bottom line: you can complete your training in as little as 5 weeks (or 10 weeks if you choose night classes) and be on your way to starting your new career.

How Do I Get Started for my Cybersecurity Training?

Let’s see if you may be eligible for a WIOA Grant to pay for your training and job placement assistance (yes, it could be free if you qualify!)

Are you unemployed? Federal grant programs are not well-known and can help you get training, certification, and employment at no cost. The availability and amount of grants will depend on where you are located. This program will pay up to $15,000 to become trained, certified and placed in your chosen career. There are different amounts and availability depending on where you live.

If you qualify, you can use this grant to pay for you to get the training you need so we can help you get placed in your career

If you do not qualify for the WIOA grant, you have another risk-free option:

How to Start Your Cyber Security Training-Risk-Free!

A student loan is typically required for students who want to study to become a professional. That can work out well for many people, but you need to be aware of the potential pitfalls:

Here is the problem: you are the one assuming all the risk.

If you do not get a job right away, you still have to pay the loan.

If you get a job and then are laid off one year later, you will have no income, but you still have payments.

Let’s imagine you get a delay. While you might not be paying any payments, interest continues to accrue. This means that by the time you are able to start paying, your debts will be higher than they were when you started.
If you are in an accident and go for an extended time without work, your debt increases even further because of this interest.

The loan will follow you around for as long as it takes to be paid off.
We all know someone who has had a problem with student loans.

What if there were a better way, so you could get the training you need to start this career, but still sleep at night.

Income Share Agreements are a risk-free alternative

Income Share Agreements are innovative and debt-free student financing options that help you to start your career in Aurora even if you have no experience. You might consider Income Share Agreements when you start your career here.


There is no cost upfront and no chance of losing your money. In exchange for training and a fixed percentage of your salary, the income share agreement requires that you only work for at least the minimum income threshold.

This is an easy way to get started in cybersecurity.

Your debt is not subject to interest. This means that you don’t owe anything more if it takes longer for you to get a job, and you don’t owe anything more if your job is lost and you have to go without paying for a while.

You can’t earn less than the minimum threshold if you lose your job or you earn less. However, you won’t be required to pay any money until you work and make more than the threshold.

We offer an income sharing agreement that is risk free for anyone, even those with no experience or who are currently unemployed. This is because we are confident in the outcome. You don’t pay until you work. We fail. Try asking other schools if they will offer this!

To find out if this is for you, a telephone interview is required.

Check to see if your qualifications are met – make an appointment today!

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Is Cybersecurity a Good Career?

The number of cybersecurity jobs increased by 94% in the last six years. You have the perfect time to get a career in cybersecurity if you are looking for a career that is always evolving and changing. There are many jobs in cybersecurity that can offer career growth opportunities. According to Cyberseek, there are almost 500,000 job openings. There are more than 6,000 job opportunities in the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater area, for example. This means cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

Degree vs Certifications

A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer. The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
Employers want to see that you have the right certification. Also, there is a legal requirement (see above). According to Information Week’s Dark Reading salary survey, 70% said that certifications are the most important training for their careers. Only 10% said they had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

What is the Average Income in Cybersecurity?

On February 20, 2021, the average salary for cybersecurity professionals in the United States stood at $112,974 The average cybersecurity salary is between $65,000 (25th%) to $145,000. (75th%) Entry-level roles typically have lower wages but offer more opportunities for growth and responsibility.

How can I get trained in just 5 weeks?

Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association, (CompTIA), are internationally recognized industry representatives who developed the Cyber Security IT Professional program curriculum, which is designed to complete your training in five weeks (or ten weeks if you choose evening classes). They also created the hands-on labs.

How can I get hired as a Cybersecurity professional without a degree?

CompTIA Cybersecurity+ and CompTIA Net+ are two of the most important certifications that you’ll need, if you’re new to cybersecurity. This is why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation. Technically, it has been updated by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart. It states that if you are in a position where you might be exposed to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications they have listed for that position. CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement. Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain this certification. These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

What's next if I want to get started?

First, let’s see if you qualify for a WIOA Grant that could pay for this for you (yes, that means it might be free if you qualify!) Call today or make an appointment for us to call you.