Cybersecurity Training: How to start your career in Homestead, without any experience or student loans!

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Cybersecurity Training: How to start your career in Homestead, without any experience or student loans!

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and could be a cybersecurity expert. The demand is so high that it outstrips the supply. You already possess the skills employers require. You already have the skills you need.

You could write your own ticket, choosing companies with the best pay, benefits, and opportunities to move up 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.

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

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. 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 is the protection of computer systems and networks from malicious attacks.
  • 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 crucial because it protects personal data, identities, and identities from being stolen either by hackers, or foreign governments.
  • It’s more difficult than ever to keep your computer safe with cybercrime increasing.
  • 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.
  • 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 a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. 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 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.
  • You won’t be able work remotely or focus on your job if you aren’t.
  • 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 Cybersecurity Salary

  • As of January 17, 2022, the average annual salary for cybersecurity professionals is $112 974.
  • Cybersecurity salaries range from $65,000 (25th percentile), to $145,500 (7th percentile).
  • Entry-level positions generally have lower pay, but a qualified work position opportunity with upward mobility and increased responsibility.

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

  • Sometimes, not always.
  • It is important that you understand the need for cybersecurity professionals will never go away. But, it is crucial to be smart and strategic about your path to this career.
  • 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 do entry-level people do on the job in the Cybersecurity field?

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

  • Designing and maintaining computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting the problems in the systems you are using.
  • System monitoring for malicious activity like viruses and hackers.   
  • Investigating cyberattacks on computers networks and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activities, such as hacking and malware.
  • Running tests to determine the security levels of computer systems in an organization.

The possibilities are endless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to Get Hired in Cybersecurity 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 why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation.
  • It has been technically updated to DOD-8140. However, it still uses the DOD-8570 chart.
  • You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required.
  • Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain this certification.
  • 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.
  • These certifications will make you highly sought-after and should not be a problem to get placed.

What is DOD-8570 and why does this matter 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.
  • On November 20, 1985, the Defense Technical Information Center issued DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center). Its purpose is ensure DoD information systems are protected against the vulnerabilities of classified and unclassified information.
  • This means that most positions in this field require that you have at least one of these certifications.
  • Typically the minimum needed is CompTIA Security+.
  • 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 pros and cons of a Degree versus Certifications in Cybersecurity?

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.
  • Employers want to see that you have the right certification.
  • The law also requires you to have the right certification (see above).
  • Because of all this, according to a recent Information Week’s, Dark Reading salary survey, 70% of workers in cybersecurity said certifications were the most important training in developing their career. 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?

  • More people want remote training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you should take LIVE classes, rather than self-study.
  • Learning is more fun when you can ask questions of others and get answers.
  • It is important to record all or some of the classes in order to be able later to review them.
  • The classes should be repeatable if necessary at no additional cost.
  • Labs should be available for you to practice the concepts in a hands-on setting. The more often you can do the labs, the better you will 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 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, (CompTIA), are internationally recognized industry representatives who developed the Cyber Security IT Professional program curriculum. They also created hands-on labs.
  • CompTIA created a curriculum that meets the requirements of Defense Directive 85710.1. It was written by some of the most respected technologists and education experts around the globe.
  • 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.
  • This program teaches students how to install basic security services on computers running Microsoft Operating Systems and networks.

OUR CLASSES FOR THE CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will teach students how to install basic software programs and how to setup a computer workstation.
  • 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.
  • You will learn how to set up a home network and connect mobile devices to the internet.
  • Students will be able to understand security issues that affect network and computer usage.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

Microsoft 40032 Network And Security Fundamentals

  • Participants will learn how to manage day-today functions related to Advanced Network Infrastructures and Network Hardware.
  • 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.
  • Students will be able to install, troubleshoot, and replace components in PC hardware.
  • The course also covers the support and troubleshooting of smartphones, tablets, printers, laptops, and other devices.
  • 40 hours (if you take day class, 2 weeks if you are taking evening classes)

CompTIA Network+

  • This course is intended to teach students how configure TCP/IP client.
  • This course will teach students how to set up, manage and troubleshoot wired and mobile networks.
  • They will also learn skills to support emerging technologies like cloud-based computing, virtualization, and other forms of cloud-based computing.
  • 40 hours (if you take day class, 2 weeks for evening class)

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.
  • By practicing real-world troubleshooting, students will learn how to solve real-world problems in the area of security.
  • 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

How This Program benefits You

  • Complete your training and be job-ready in as little as 5 weeks (10 weeks if you take 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
  • Practice exams are included.
  • Exam Crams can be included.
  • Exam vouchers included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Job placement assistance is included. 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. 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.
  • 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.

Let’s Get Started With Your Cybersecurity Training

Let’s check your eligibility for the WIOA Grant. It could pay for this for you 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. It is dependent on your location. The amounts and availability are determined by where you live. If you qualify, this program can pay up to $15,000 to get trained, certified, and then get help getting placed in your career. The amount and availability 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 Cyber Security 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:

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 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 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.
You can make your debt even higher if you’re in an accident or go without work for a long time.

The loan is yours until it is paid off.
Everybody knows someone who’s had to deal with student loan problems.

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

Introduce the risk-free option of Income Share Agreements

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


There is no up-front cost and no risk of money down. 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 a risk-free way to start in the cybersecurity field.

You don’t owe any interest on your debt. You don’t owe more if you take longer to get a new job. If you lose your job or go several months without paying, you won’t owe anymore.

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 don’t pay until you work. We fail. 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?

Over the past six years, the number of cybersecurity jobs has risen by 94%. If you’re interested in a career that is always changing and evolving, the perfect time is now to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry that offers many career opportunities. 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.
Employers want to see that you have the right certification. The law also requires you to have the right certification (see above). Because of all this, according to a recent Information Week’s, Dark Reading salary survey, 70% of workers in cybersecurity said certifications were the most important training in developing their career. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

How Much Can I Make In A Cybersecurity Career?

The average salary of cybersecurity professionals in the United States was $112,974 on February 20, 2021. The average cybersecurity salary ranges between $65,000 (25%%) and $145,000 (15%). (75th%) Entry-level roles typically have lower wages but offer more opportunities for growth and responsibility.

Can I really finish the training in 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 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 why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation. It has been technically updated to DOD-8140. However, it still uses the DOD-8570 chart. You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information. CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required. Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain this certification. These certifications will make you highly sought-after and should not be a problem to get placed.

What's next if I want to get started?

We will start by checking your eligibility for a WIOA Grant. If you qualify, it might pay for this for you. Call today or make an appointment for us to call you.