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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Homestead 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 could be a cybersecurity expert. The demand is so high that it outstrips the supply. You already possess the skills employers require. 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.

But right now, here you are, stuck in either a dead-end job or worse yet, 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. Not to mention, all the debt and risks associated with a student loan you would need.

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.

This article contains all of the information you need. Just continue reading to find out how.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why look at a Cybersecurity career?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from malicious attacks.
  • Cybersecurity is the protection of information technology infrastructure against disruption, as well as data within a system and 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.
  • With the increase in cybercrime, it’s become more difficult to stay secure.
  • Cybercrime is on the rise. It is crucial to protect your identity and personal data from hackers and foreign governments. This will protect you from financial loss.

Cybersecurity is a great career choice.

  • Over the past six year, cybersecurity job openings have increased 94%.
  • 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. 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.
  • A problem solver is a must, as well as being curious about the workings of things and paying attention to details.

How much can you make 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 typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it easy to get a job in cybersecurity?

  • It doesn’t always work.
  • 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% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a master’s.

What do entry-level people do on the job in the Cybersecurity field?

You will be using computers as part of your IT job. You’ll perform a variety of tasks, including:

  • Developing 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 security levels in computer systems within an enterprise.

The possibilities are endless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to get a job in Cybersecurity even if you don’t have 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.
  • Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format.
  • You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information.
  • Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+.
  • 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 help you get further than a diploma in cybersecurity. You’ll also be able to get there more quickly.
  • 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 & cons 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.
  • Employers want to see that you have the right certification.
  • Also, there is 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?

  • 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.
  • You should record the classes so that you can go back and review them later.
  • 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. 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. The instructor should be available to help you cram for the exam.
  • Instructors should be available for additional questions if necessary.
Degree vs Certifications

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

CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL 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 how a computer system works and what devices exist within it, as well as how to apply basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • The course will cover the fundamental principles of database and software development.
  • This course will teach you how to create a home network, and connect mobile devices with the internet.
  • Students will be able to understand security issues that affect network and computer usage.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for 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.
  • They will take part in hands-on labs such as installing, configuring, diagnosing, performing preventive maintenance and learning basic networking.
  • 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 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 teaches students how to configure and install TCP/IP clients.
  • This course will teach students how to set up, manage and troubleshoot wired and mobile 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 for day classes, 2 semaines 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 practice real-world problem-solving skills to learn how to solve security-related problems.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)
Our Classes - The Cybersecurity IT Pro
Cybersecurity IT Pro-Program benefits

How This Program benefits You

  • Your training can be completed and you will be ready for work in five weeks (or less if night classes are taken).
  • Classes can be taken remotely, so you can have live instructors and interact with them.
  • You get 6 months access to virtual labs, so you can practice as often as needed and whenever needed
  • Within 6 months, you can take any class again for no cost
  • Practice exams are included.
  • Exam Crams are also included.
  • Exam vouchers included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • We offer job placement assistance. 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. We provide training 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.

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? A little-known federal grant program can help you get certified, trained and placed in your chosen career. It is dependent on your location. The amounts and availability are determined by where you live. This program will pay up to $15,000 to become trained, certified and placed in your chosen career. The amount and availability vary by county

You are eligible for this grant, which can be used to pay for your training so that we can help place you in your chosen career.

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

How to Start Your Cybersecurity Training-Without Risk!

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 say you get a deferment. While you might not be paying any payments, interest continues to accrue. You owe more now than you did when you first started paying.
Your debt will increase if you are involved in an accident that leaves you without work for a prolonged period of time.

The loan is yours until it is paid off.
Everyone knows someone who has struggled 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.

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. Try Income Share Agreements to start your 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.

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 Cybersecurity?

In the last six years, cybersecurity jobs have seen a 94% increase. 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. Cyberseek reports that there are almost 500,000 job positions. Clearwater, Tampa, St.Petersburg, and Clearwater have over 6,000 job vacancies. 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. Also, there is 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 Make In A Cybersecurity Career?

The average salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112974 in the United States on February 20, 2021. The average cybersecurity salary ranges between $65,000 (25%%) and $145,000 (15%). (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, (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. Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format. You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information. Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+. 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.

How do I get started with your cybersecurity training program?

First, we want to check to see if you are eligible for a WIOA Grant, which could pay for it for you (yes, that means it might not cost you anything if you qualify)! Call today or make an appointment for us to call you.