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

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Cybersecurity Training: This guide will help you start your career in Gary 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 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 great would that be?

You have the option to choose the company that offers you the best salary, benefits, or opportunities to progress in your career.

You are stuck right now in a job that isn’t fulfilling your needs, or worse, you may be unemployed. You might have tried classes at the local community college, self-paced courses or even the four-year degree program at the local college. There are also all the risks and debt associated with a student loan.

But, it doesn’t have to be like that.

You can begin training in this field and complete it in five weeks. This is without a student loan, or the risk associated with one. Unemployed people may even be eligible to train for this job at no cost.

You will find all the answers here. To get them, you just need to read on.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity Now?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity means protecting computer systems and networks against malicious attack.
  • Cybersecurity is the protection of information technology infrastructure against disruption, as well as data within a system and network.

Why Companies Think Cybersecurity Is So Important

  • Cybersecurity is important because it protects our identities, information, and personal data from being stolen by hackers or foreign 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 career: Why not?

  • 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 is a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics job openings will almost double the annual number of workers entering this field.
  • 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 and cybersecurity are passions that you must be passionate about.
  • If you’re not, you won’t be able to work remotely and focus on the job.
  • Also, you should be a problem solver, curious about how things work, as well a detail-oriented person.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Average Salary for Cybersecurity Workers

  • As of January 17, 2022, the US average annual salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112,974,
  • Cybersecurity salaries range from $65,000 (25th percentile), to $145,500 (7th percentile).
  • 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?

  • It doesn’t always work.
  • 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.
  • A recent survey found that 70% of those in the field believe certifications are the most important training. Only 10% chose a bachelor’s and 5% chose a master’s.

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

You will be using computers as part of your IT job. A variety of tasks will be performed by you, including:

  • The development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting issues with the systems you use.
  • System monitoring for malicious activity like viruses and hackers.   
  • Investigating cyberattacks on computers networks and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet actions such as hacking, malware, viruses.
  • Conducting tests to determine the security level 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 as a Cybersecurity professional even without a degree

  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic.
  • This is because of a less-known government regulation, DOD-8570.
  • Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format.
  • You must hold at least one certification if you’re in a situation where sensitive government data might be available to you.
  • CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement.
  • This certification is requested by companies even if they will not work for the government.
  • Before you can take these courses, you will need to have a solid foundation. If you don’t have any IT experience and you are just starting out, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Microsoft Network, Security Fundamentals and CompTIA A+ should be your first course.
  • These certifications will take you far beyond a degree in cybersecurity without certifications. Plus, you’ll be able get there much faster.
  • You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

What is DOD-8570 and why does this matter in cybersecurity?

  • It is a federal directive from the Department of Defense (DOD) that specifies that all US government agencies should use specific cybersecurity requirements for information systems.
  • These terms are defined in the directive and banned from use by the DOD.
  • On November 20, 1985, Defense Technical Information Center issued the directive DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center). Its purpose, is to ensure DoD information system security against potential vulnerabilities of unclassified or classified information.
  • This means that for many positions in this industry, you will need to have at least one certification.
  • 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?

Degree vs Certifications

  • A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer.
  • While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
  • You can demonstrate that you have the skill an employer is looking for by getting 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 & Feel Like?

  • Remote training is becoming more popular due to the COVID-19 epidemic. But you should still take LIVE classes and not self-study.
  • Learning is more fun when you can ask questions of others and get answers.
  • Record all classes, so you can easily go back later.
  • The classes should be repeatable if necessary at no additional cost.
  • You should have labs to allow you to practice. Labs should be done as often as possible to help you remember and understand 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 be available to answer additional questions as needed.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get cybersecurity training in 5 weeks – The Cybersecurity IT professional program

Overview

  • Microsoft and CompTIA, internationally recognized industry representatives, created the Cyber Security IT Practitioner program curriculum and hands-on labs.
  • CompTIA developed a curriculum written by some the top technologists and educators in the world to meet Defense Directive 8570.1.
  • Directive 8570.1 requires individuals working in the private sector, government contractors or military personnel to receive training in Cyber Security and Information Assurance in order to strengthen and protect DoD information, information networks, and other resources.
  • This program will teach students how to secure computers, mobile devices, and networks.
  • Students will learn to implement basic security services for computers and networks that run Microsoft Operating Systems.

CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL CLASSES

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.
  • 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 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 you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA A+

  • The program will provide students with the necessary computer skills to become computer support professionals.
  • 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 designed to teach students how to install and configure TCP/IP clients.
  • Students will learn how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage wireless and wired networks.
  • Students will also be able to support emerging technologies such cloud-based computing or 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 gain real-world experience in solving security problems.
  • 40 hours (if you take day class, 2 weeks if you are taking evening classes)
Our Classes - The Cybersecurity IT Pro
Cybersecurity IT Pro-Program benefits

Program Benefits

  • Your training can be completed and you will be ready for work in five weeks (or less if night classes are taken).
  • Classes are live remote, meaning you have a live instructor so the classes are interactive, but you can take them from home.
  • You will have unlimited access to virtual labs for 6 months.
  • You can retake any class for free within six months
  • Included are practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are also included.
  • Exam vouchers included.
  • 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. Training is provided 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.

Cybersecurity Training-What’s Next?

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. The availability and amount of grants will depend on where you are located. 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!

A student loan is usually required to finance your education and training for a career. This can be beneficial for many, but it’s important to understand the possible 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 are unable to find a job but then lose it a year later you won’t have any income but you have to continue making payments.

Let’s assume you are granted a deferment. While you may not be making payments at the time, interest will continue to accrue. 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, which are innovative and free from debt, allow you to launch your career in Gary. Try Income Share Agreements to start your career in Gary.


There is no up-front cost and no risk of money down. The income share agreement will take a percentage from your salary for a set period of time in return for training. You only owe and pay when you earn more than the minimum threshold.

This is a risk-free way to start in the cybersecurity field.

There is no interest on your debt. 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.

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.

A phone interview is required to see if this is right for you.

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

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Why Should I Train For Cybersecurity?

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. Cybersecurity is a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. Cyberseek reports that there are almost 500,000 job positions. In the Tampa / St.Petersburg / Clearwater job market, for instance, there are over 6,000 job openings. This means that cybersecurity professionals need to be available at all times.

Degree vs Certifications

A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer. While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
You can demonstrate that you have the skill an employer is looking for by getting 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 is the Average Income in Cybersecurity?

On February 20, 2019, the average salary for cybersecurity professionals was $112974 in the United States. The average cybersecurity salary is $65,000 (25th%) – $145,000 (75th%) Entry levels typically have lower salaries but offer exceptional work opportunities with greater responsibility and higher mobility.

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 in Cybersecurity without a degree?

CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic. This is because of a less-known government regulation, DOD-8570. Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format. You must hold at least one certification if you’re in a situation where sensitive government data might be available to you. CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement. 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.

What's next if I want to get started?

Are you unemployed? If so, you may be eligible for a WIOA Grant that could pay for your training and job placement assistance (yes, that means it might be free if you qualify!) Call or make an appointment today for us to call you.