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

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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. You already have the skills that employers require. It would be amazing.

You could choose to write your ticket by choosing the right companies for you, with the highest salaries, benefits and career advancement opportunities.

Right now, however, you’re stuck in a dead-end job, or worse, 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. You also need to consider the risks and debts associated with student loans.

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. You just have to keep reading.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity refers to the protection of computers and networks against 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 vital because it protects identity and personal information from being stolen or altered by hackers or other governments.
  • It is becoming increasingly difficult to be secure due to the increasing threat of cybercrime.
  • 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.

  • 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 an expanding industry with many different jobs that offer great career opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics job openings will almost double the annual number of workers entering this field.
  • This means that cybersecurity professionals should always be in demand.

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

  • You need to be extremely passionate about technology and in particular, cybersecurity.
  • If you’re not, you won’t be able to work remotely and focus on the job.
  • It is important to be able to solve problems, be curious about how things work, and pay attention.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Estimated Average Salaries

  • 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 roles generally have lower wages, but offer opportunities for upward mobility and greater responsibility.

Is it possible to find a job in cybersecurity?

  • But not always.
  • You need to realize that cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. However, you will have to be strategic and smart about how you approach this career.
  • A recent survey found that 70% of those in the field believe certifications are the most important training. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree, and only 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What does the Cybersecurity job entail for entry-level?

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

  • Development and maintenance of 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.
  • 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.
  • Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570.
  • It has been technically updated to DOD-8140. However, it still uses the DOD-8570 chart.
  • 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.
  • Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+.
  • This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government.
  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are prerequisites. You will need to have a solid foundation in order to take those courses.
  • 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 is it important 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.
  • This directive also defines and prohibits the use of these terms 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 was to protect DoD information systems from potential vulnerabilities of classified or unclassified information.
  • What this means is that many positions in this field have a legal requirement that you must have at least one of the certifications listed for that position.
  • Typically the minimum needed is CompTIA Security+.
  • It has become a common occurrence that copycats of government-related companies require the same certifications required by the ones who have to.

What are the pros and disadvantages of a degree versus certifications in cybersecurity?

Degree vs Certifications

  • While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more.
  • The degree provides a broad range of understanding that can be applied to many different industries but has fewer hands-on skills.
  • A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require.
  • The law also requires you to have the right certification (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?

  • Remote training is becoming more popular due to the COVID-19 epidemic. But you should still take LIVE classes and not self-study.
  • The learning experience is better, plus you have the ability to ask questions and see the questions other students are asking
  • Record all classes, so you can easily go back later.
  • If necessary, you should be able repeat the classes at no additional charge.
  • There should be labs so you can get hands-on practice. The more you practice the labs, you’ll be able to better 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. 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 you need 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.
  • In order to meet the requirements of Defense Directive 8570.1, CompTIA has developed a curriculum authored by some of the world’s leading technologists and experts in education.
  • 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.
  • In this program, students will learn how to implement basic security services on computers and networks running Microsoft Operating Systems.

OUR 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 the basics of how a computer works, what its devices are, and how to use basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • The course will cover the fundamental principles of database and software development.
  • Learn how to connect your mobile devices to the internet and set up a home network.
  • Students will learn how to protect their network and computers from hackers.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines 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 give students the skills necessary to become technicians.
  • Participants will learn basic networking skills and participate in labs.
  • 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 how to support and troubleshoot smartphones, devices, printers, as well as laptops.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA Network+

  • This course will teach you how to set up and configure TCP/IP clients.
  • These skills will enable students to manage, troubleshoot and configure wired and wireless networks.
  • Students will also be able to support emerging technologies such cloud-based computing or virtualization.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if 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.
  • 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

Benefits Of The Cyber Security IT Professional Program

  • 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 will have unlimited access to virtual labs for 6 months.
  • You can retake any class for free within six months
  • Practice exams are included.
  • Exam Crams can be included.
  • Exam vouchers included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • You will receive job placement assistance. 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 are recruiters from us. Many of the jobs we have placed people into are not even advertised.
  • Bottom line: you can complete your training in as little as 5 weeks (or 10 weeks if you choose night classes) and be on your way to starting your new career.

How Do I Get Started for my Cybersecurity Training?

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. Availability and amounts are based on 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 will vary depending on the county.

If you qualify, you can use this grant to pay for you to get the training you need so we can help you get placed 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. Although this is a great option for many people, you should be aware of potential pitfalls.

Here is the problem: you are the one assuming 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. You might not be making payments, but interest keeps accruing in the meantime. 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 follows you around forever until it is paid off.
Everyone knows someone who has struggled with student loans.

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

Introducing the risk-free option: Income Share Agreements

Income share agreements, which can be used to finance your education and help you get started in Lake Forest, are innovative options for student financing that are debt-free. If you are considering starting your career in Lake Forest, try Income Share Agreements.


There is no upfront cost and there is no risk of losing money. 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 an easy way to get started in cybersecurity.

There is no interest charged on your debt. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get a job. You also don’t owe extra if you lose your job.

You don’t have any obligation to pay anything if you make less than the minimum threshold, which varies depending on the program.

We offer an income sharing agreement that is risk free for anyone, even those with no experience or who are currently unemployed. This is because we are confident in the outcome. You don’t pay until you work. We fail. You might ask other schools to offer this option.

To determine if this is the right fit for you, a phone interview is necessary.

Get in touch today to find out if you’re eligible!

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Why Should I Go Into A Cybersecurity Career?

The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six years. If you are looking for a career with a high degree of flexibility and change, then cybersecurity is the right career choice. Cybersecurity is a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. Cyberseek claims that there are over 500,000 job openings. Over 6,000 job openings are available in Tampa/ St.Petersburg/ Clearwater, for instance. This means cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

Degree vs Certifications

While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more. The degree provides a broad range of understanding that can be applied to many different industries but has fewer hands-on skills.
A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require. The law also requires you to have the right certification (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?

The average salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112974 in the United States on February 20, 2021. The average cybersecurity salary is between $65,000 (25th%) to $145,000. (75th%) Entry-level positions have lower salaries, but offer great opportunities for advancement and increased responsibility.

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 as a Cybersecurity professional without a degree?

CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic. Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570. It has been technically updated to DOD-8140. However, it still uses the DOD-8570 chart. 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. Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+. This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government. These certifications will make you highly sought-after and should not be a problem to get placed.

How do I start this 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 now or book an appointment for us to call you.