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“I was “early retired” by the corporation I had worked for, for 18 years and was still going strong. There was no reason other than I already knew when you approach age 55 you could expect the “offer”. I happened to meet a … (Dewey) at a job fair and that started a relationship wherein I took a couple of classes and gained one certification which was critical in my job search. After 18 months I landed my dream job in IT with the VA national office due to that certification!! I am forever grateful to the services for the unemployed especially veterans of which I am one. Bravo zulu!!”
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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Bradford 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 as a cybersecurity professional. There is a huge demand for your skills, which far exceeds the supply. The skills you already have are what employers are looking for. It would be amazing.

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

Right now, however, you’re stuck in a dead-end job, or worse, unemployed. Maybe you’ve tried a few classes at your community college, or even a self-paced study course. You might even have looked into the degree program at your local college, which can take at least four years. A student loan can be costly and has additional risks.

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. Just continue reading to find out how.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

What You Need To Know About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity refers to the protection of computers and networks against malicious attacks.
  • It involves protecting the information technology infrastructure and protecting data within it.

Why Companies Think Cybersecurity Is So Important

  • Cybersecurity is vital because it protects identity and personal information from being stolen or altered by hackers or other governments.
  • It’s more difficult than ever to keep your computer safe with cybercrime increasing.
  • Protecting our identities and personal details from theft by hackers or foreign governments is essential in cybercrime. This protects us from financial loss.

Cybersecurity is a great career choice.

  • In the past six years, cybersecurity job openings have increased by 94%.
  • There’s no better time to begin a career as a cybersecurity professional if you are interested in a career that’s constantly changing and evolving.
  • Cybersecurity is an expanding industry with many different jobs that offer great career opportunities. 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.
  • So cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

How can you tell if you are a good candidate 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.

How much can you make in Cybersecurity

Average Cybersecurity Salary

  • As of January 17, 2022, the US average annual salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112,974,
  • Cyber Security salaries average between $65,000 (25th and 75th percentiles) and $145,000.
  • Entry-level jobs generally pay less, but offer the opportunity to be a qualified worker with greater responsibility and upward mobility.

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

  • Not always.
  • It is important to recognize that there will always be a demand for cybersecurity professionals. However, you must be smart and strategic when pursuing this career path and how to progress.
  • According to a recent job survey, 70% of people in this field said certifications were the most important training for their career. Only 10% said a bachelor’s degree and 5% said 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:

  • Maintaining and developing computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting issues with the systems you use.
  • Monitor the systems for malicious activity (e.g. viruses and hackers).   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks against computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet actions such as hacking, malware, viruses.
  • Run tests to assess the security of computer systems within an organization.

There are many options.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to get a job in Cybersecurity even if you don’t have a degree

  • CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are the most important certifications you need if you are brand new to cybersecurity.
  • Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570.
  • Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format.
  • The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required.
  • This certification is requested by companies even if they will not work for 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.
  • You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

What is DOD-8570? And why does it matter for cybersecurity?

  • It is a Federal Directive from the Department of Defense that states that all US government agencies need to adhere to certain cybersecurity requirements.
  • These terms are also defined and prohibited from being used 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+ usually is the minimum.
  • Many companies, even those that will not do business with government agencies, have become copycats and need the same certifications as those companies required.

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

Which should you get for cybersecurity-A degree or Certifications?

  • A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer.
  • While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
  • Employers want to see that you have the right certification.
  • Also, there is a legal requirement (see above).
  • This is why 70% of cybersecurity workers believe that certifications are essential for their professional development. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

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.
  • You will have a better learning experience, and you can ask questions and see what other students are asking.
  • It is important to record all or some of the classes in order to be able later to review them.
  • It should not cost extra to repeat classes if you have any questions.
  • You should have labs to allow you to practice. The more often you can do the labs, the better you will understand and remember the concepts
  • It is important to have practice exams in order to make sure that you are prepared before taking the exam. Ideally, there should also be chances to cram for the exam with the instructor.
  • Instructors should be available to answer further questions when needed.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get the cybersecurity training that you need in just 5 weeks. The Cybersecurity IT Professional 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 has created a curriculum by some of world’s top technologists as well as experts in education to meet Defense Directive 85710.1.
  • Individuals who work in the private sector, government contractors, or military members who have access to DoD computer systems are required by directive 8570.1 to be trained in Cyber Security and Information Assurance to strengthen and secure DoD information, information systems, networks, and other resources.
  • Students will learn Cyber Security basics to help protect computers, mobile devices, as well as computer networks.
  • In this program, students will learn how to implement basic security services on computers and networks running Microsoft Operating Systems.

OUR COURSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will introduce students to basic software applications and teach them how to set up 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 introduce students to basic database and software development principles.
  • Learn how to connect your mobile devices to the internet and set up a home network.
  • 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 will teach participants how to use advanced network infrastructures, protocols and services, security layers, Windows 10 Operating System Security and Advanced Network Security. It also addresses new security threats.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes).

CompTIA® A+

  • This program will equip students with the most current computer skills required by computer support professionals. It also demonstrates their ability to become 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.
  • This course will equip students with the skills necessary to support new technologies such as virtualization and cloud-based computing.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if 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.
  • By practicing real-world troubleshooting, students will learn how to solve real-world problems in the area of security.
  • 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 can be taken remotely, so you can have live instructors and interact with them.
  • 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 class for free within six months
  • Included are practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are included.
  • Exam vouchers can be purchased.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Assistance with job placement is provided. You will be assisted by a career services director, who is available to assist with job searches, including the creation of your resume, cover email, LinkedIn profile, interview skills, as well as how to navigate through applicant tracking systems. Training is provided for thousands of employees. Many of them are recruiters from us. Many of the jobs we have placed people into are not even advertised.
  • You can finish your training in just 5 weeks, or 10 weeks if your choose night classes. Then you are ready to start your new career.

Cybersecurity Training-What’s Next?

Let’s check to see if you are eligible for a WIOA Grant, which could pay for it for you (yes, that means it could be free if you qualify!

Are you unemployed? There is a little-known federal grant program that can pay for you to get trained, certified, and placed in your career at no cost to you. Your location will determine your eligibility and the amount you receive. This program is available to qualified individuals. It can pay up $15,000 to be trained and certified, then help you get a job. The amount and availability vary by county

If you’re eligible, this grant can be used for training to pay the cost of your courses to help you move up 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 required when you are planning to attend school to learn for a new job. Although this is a great option for many people, you should be aware of potential pitfalls.

This is where the problem lies: You are the one taking all the risks.

Even if you don’t find a job right away you will still be responsible for the loan.

If you do get a job, then get laid off a year later, you have no income but you still have to make payments.

Let’s suppose you receive a deferment. While you may not be making payments at the time, interest will continue 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.
This interest will make your debt more if you are injured in an accident.

The loan follows you around forever until it is paid off.
Many of us know someone who had problems 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.

Introducing the risk-free option: Income Share Agreements

Income Share Agreements are innovative and debt-free student financing options that help you to start your career in Bradford even if you have no experience. Consider Income Share Agreements if you’re thinking of starting a career in Bradford.


There is no cost upfront and no chance of losing your money. 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 way to start in the cybersecurity field.

There is no interest charged on your debt. 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.

If you earn less than the minimum threshold (this varies by program) or lose your job, you don’t have to pay anything until you are working and making more than the threshold.

We offer an income-share agreement that is 100% risk-free, even for those who have no work experience or are unemployed. You don’t pay until you work. We fail. Ask other schools if they 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

Why Should I Go Into A Cybersecurity Career?

The number of cybersecurity jobs increased by 94% in the last six years. If you’re looking for a career in cybersecurity, now is the right time. There are many jobs in cybersecurity that can offer career growth opportunities. According to Cyberseek, there are almost 500,000 job openings. For example, the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater job market has over 6,000 open positions. These numbers indicate that cybersecurity professionals must always be in demand.

Which should you get for cybersecurity-A degree or Certifications?

A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer. While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
Employers want to see that you have the right certification. Also, there is a legal requirement (see above). This is why 70% of cybersecurity workers believe that certifications are essential for their professional development. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

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 ranges from $65,000 (25th%) up to $145,000. (75th%) Entry levels typically have lower salaries but offer exceptional work opportunities with greater responsibility and higher mobility.

Can I really finish the training in 5 weeks?

Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association are globally respected industry leaders. The Cyber Security IT Pro program curriculum and hands on labs were developed by Microsoft and CompTIA and is designed to be able to be completed in five weeks (or ten weeks if you choose evening classes).

How Can I Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without a Degree?

CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are the most important certifications you need if you are brand new to cybersecurity. Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570. Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format. The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data. CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required. This certification is requested by companies even if they will not work for the government. You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

How do I get started with your cybersecurity training program?

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.