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Cybersecurity Training: This guide will help you start your career in Arlington in five weeks, even if there is no previous experience and without a student loan.

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and are now working in cybersecurity. The demand for your skills is high, and the supply is low. The skills you already have are what employers are looking for. You already have the skills you need.

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

Here you are right now, in a dead-end or worse, unemployed. You may have even tried some classes at the local community colleges, or self-paced learning courses. Or even looked into the degree program at the nearby college which takes at least four years. You also need to consider the risks and debts associated with student loans.

However, this doesn’t mean it has to be so.

There are ways to get started in this field without any student loans or other risks. You can complete your training in five weeks. Unemployed people may even be eligible to train for this job at no cost.

All of the answers you need are right here in this article. You just have to keep reading.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why look at a Cybersecurity career?

What is Cybersecurity and how can you protect your organization?

  • Cybersecurity means protecting computer systems and networks against malicious attack.
  • The practice includes ensuring that information technology infrastructure is protected against disruption while protecting data within a system or network.

What Makes Cybersecurity So Important?

  • Cybersecurity is essential because it protects identities and information from being stolen by hackers and foreign governments.
  • With the increase in cybercrime, it’s become more difficult to stay secure.
  • It is vital to safeguard our identities and personal information from being stolen by hackers or other foreign governments. This protects us against financial loss.

Cybersecurity is a great career choice.

  • Cybersecurity job openings 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.
  • Cybersecurity, a fast-growing industry, offers many career opportunities and offers numerous job options. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of job openings in the cybersecurity field will be equal to or greater than the number of new workers entering the field each year.
  • There should always be a demand to hire cybersecurity professionals.

How do I know if my qualifications are right for cybersecurity work?

  • Passionate about technology, and especially cybersecurity, is a must.
  • If you’re not, you won’t be able to work remotely and focus on the job.
  • You should also be a good problem solver, be curious about how things work, and have good attention to detail.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Average Cybersecurity Salary

  • The average salary of cybersecurity professionals in the United States was $112,974 at January 17, 2022.
  • Cybersecurity salaries range from $65,000 (25th percentile), to $145,500 (7th percentile).
  • Entry-level roles generally have lower wages, but offer opportunities for upward mobility and greater responsibility.

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 recent survey, 70% of cybersecurity professionals believe that certifications are the most important training. Only 10% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a master’s.

What is the job of an entry-level Cybersecurity worker?

As with any IT job you will work with computers. You’ll be responsible for a range of tasks, such as:

  • Designing and maintaining computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting issues with the systems you use.
  • Monitoring systems for malicious activity such as viruses and hackers.   
  • Preventing and investigating cyberattacks on computers, networks, and other devices.
  • Investigating malicious actions on the Internet, such as hacking, malware, and viruses.
  • Run tests to assess the security of computer systems within an organization.

The list of possibilities goes on and on.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to Get Hired in Cybersecurity even without a degree?

  • CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, are the most essential certifications you will need if your new to cybersecurity.
  • This is why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation.
  • Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format.
  • 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 usually the minimum required.
  • This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government.
  • You’re going to need a strong foundation before taking those courses, so if you have no experience in IT and are starting from scratch, you should take CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Microsoft Network and Security Fundamentals, and CompTIA A+ before taking CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+.
  • These certifications will get you further than a degree in cybersecurity without certifications, plus you will get there much more quickly.
  • These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

What is DOD-8570 and what does it mean for 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 directive, DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center) was issued by the Defense Technical Information Center on November 20, 1985. Its purpose, is to ensure DoD information system security against potential vulnerabilities of unclassified or classified 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+ usually is the minimum.
  • 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?

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

  • While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more.
  • While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
  • The right certification demonstrates that you have a specific skill the employer wants.
  • There is also a legal requirement (see above).
  • All this is why, according to the recent Information Week Dark Reading salary survey 70% of cybersecurity workers said that certifications were their most important training. Only 10% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a combination.

What Should Cybersecurity Training Look like?

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic more people are looking for remote training. However, it is better to take LIVE classes 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.
  • You should be able to repeat the classes again if needed at no extra charge.
  • Labs are necessary to provide hands-on practice. The more you practice the labs, you’ll be able to better understand and remember the concepts.
  • Practice exams should be provided so that you can ensure you are prepared before you take the actual exams. You should have the opportunity to study with your instructor for the exam.
  • Instructors should always be available to answer any additional questions.
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.
  • CompTIA developed a curriculum written by some the top technologists and educators in the world to meet Defense Directive 8570.1.
  • 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.
  • Students will learn Cyber Security basics to help protect computers, mobile devices, as well as computer networks.
  • Students will learn to implement basic security services for computers and networks that run Microsoft Operating Systems.

OUR COURSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will show students basic software applications as well as how to set-up a computer system.
  • This course teaches students how a computer system works and what devices exist within it, as well as how to apply basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • Students will be introduced to the basics of database design and software development.
  • You will learn how to set up a home network and connect mobile devices to the internet.
  • Students will gain an understanding of security issues affecting computer and network usage.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for 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 for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes).

CompTIA® A+

  • This program will give students the skills necessary to become technicians.
  • They will take part in hands-on labs such as installing, configuring, diagnosing, performing preventive maintenance and learning basic networking.
  • Students will be able to install, troubleshoot, and replace components in PC hardware.
  • This course will also help you troubleshoot and support your smartphones, tablets, printers, and laptops.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA Network+

  • This course teaches students how to configure and install TCP/IP clients.
  • By acquiring these skills, students will be able to troubleshoot, configure and manage wired and wireless networks.
  • This course will equip students with the skills necessary to support new technologies such as virtualization and cloud-based computing.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA Security+

  • As you expand your knowledge on operating systems, networks, and computer hardware, you will learn the skills necessary to implement basic security services across any type of network.
  • 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.
  • Live remote classes allow you to interact with a live instructor while you are at home.
  • You have access for six months to virtual labs. This allows you to practice as often and as often as necessary.
  • You can retake any classes for free within 6 months
  • Practice exams are included.
  • Exam Crams are also included.
  • Exam vouchers can be purchased.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Job placement assistance is included. A full-time career director will assist you with your job search. This includes help with your resume, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, interview skills and getting past the applicant tracking system. We provide training for thousands of employees. Many of them recruit from us, so many of the jobs we have placed people in are not even advertised.
  • The bottom line is that you can finish your training in 5 weeks or 10 weeks if night classes are chosen. Once you’re done, you can start your new career.

Let’s Get Started With Your Cybersecurity Training

Let’s see if you qualify for a WIOA Grant that could pay for this for you (yes, that means 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. Your location will determine your eligibility and the amount you receive. If you are eligible, the program can pay up to $15,000 to help you get trained and certified. The availability and amount of this program vary by county.

You may be eligible to receive this grant to help pay for the training you need in order to help you get started in your career.

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

How to Start Your Cybersecurity Training-Risk Free!

Typically, when you want to go to school to get trained for a new career, you need a student loan. That can work out well for many people, but you need to be aware of the potential pitfalls:

The problem is that you are the one who takes all the risk.

Even if you don’t find a job right away you will still be responsible for 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. Although you may not be making any payments, interest is still accruing. It means that you owe more when you start paying than you were when you started.
This interest will make your debt more if you are injured in an accident.

The loan is yours until it is paid off.
We all know someone who has had a problem with student loans.

Imagine a better way to get the training you need and still be able to sleep at night.

Introduce the risk-free option: Income share agreements

Income share agreements are innovative student financing options that don’t require you to have any debt. They can help you start your career in Arlington, even if it isn’t your first time. You might consider Income Share Agreements when you start your career here.


There is no initial cost or risk of money falling. The income share agreement takes a percentage of your salary for a fixed period of time in exchange for training, but you only owe and only pay when you are working and making an income above the minimum threshold.

This is a risk free option that can be used to introduce yourself to cybersecurity.

Your debt is not subject to interest. That means you don’t owe any more if it takes you longer to get a job and you do not owe any more if you lose your job and have to go a few months without paying.

You are not required to pay anything if your earnings fall below the minimum threshold for your program.

Because we are confident in our results, we offer an income share agreement that is completely risk-free. You do not pay until your work is completed. You might ask other schools to offer this option.

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

See if you qualify–make an appointment today!

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Why Cybersecurity?

The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six years. If you are interested in a career that is constantly evolving and changing, this is the time to start a career as a cybersecurity professional. Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry that offers many career opportunities. Cyberseek estimates that there are nearly 500,000 job opportunities. Over 6,000 job openings are available in Tampa/ St.Petersburg/ Clearwater, for instance. These numbers indicate that cybersecurity professionals must always be in demand.

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more. While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
The right certification demonstrates that you have a specific skill the employer wants. There is also a legal requirement (see above). All this is why, according to the recent Information Week Dark Reading salary survey 70% of cybersecurity workers said that certifications were their most important training. Only 10% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a combination.

How Much Can I Earn In A Cybersecurity Career?

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 finish the training in just five weeks?

Our Cyber Security IT Professional program is designed to do just that. The curriculum and hands-on labs are developed by Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) – globally recognized industry representatives.

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

CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, are the most essential certifications you will need if your new to cybersecurity. This is why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation. Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format. 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 usually the minimum required. This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government. 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 now or book an appointment for us to call you.