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

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

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and are now working in cybersecurity. The demand for your skills is high, and the supply is low. You already have the skills you need to succeed. What would you do?

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

Now, you are either stuck in a dead-end occupation or worse, out of work. Maybe you even tried a couple of classes at the community college or a self-paced study course or even checked out the degree program at the local college that takes at least four years. A student loan can be costly and has additional risks.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way:

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. It may be possible to complete the training for free if you are unemployed.

You will find all the answers here. Just continue reading to find out how.

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Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity?

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 vital because it protects identity and personal information from being stolen or altered by hackers or other governments.
  • It’s becoming more difficult to remain secure with the rise in cybercrime.
  • 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.

  • 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 a rapidly growing industry that offers many opportunities for career advancement. 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.
  • This means that cybersecurity professionals should always be in demand.

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

  • 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.
  • A problem solver is a must, as well as being curious about the workings of things and paying attention to details.

How much money can you make in Cybersecurity?

Average Salaries

  • The estimated average annual salary for cybersecurity professionals in the United States is $112,974 as of January 17, 2022.
  • 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 possible to find a job in cybersecurity?

  • But 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 job survey, 70% said that certifications were the most important training they received for their careers. Only 10% chose a bachelor’s and 5% chose a master’s.

What are the responsibilities of entry-level people working in Cybersecurity?

As with any IT job, you’ll be working with computers. You’ll perform a variety of tasks, including:

  • Maintaining and developing computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting issues with the systems you use.
  • System monitoring for malicious activity like 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 check the security levels of computer systems at an organization.

There are many options.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to get hired as a Cybersecurity professional even without a degree

  • CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are the most important certifications you need if you are brand new to cybersecurity.
  • Here’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is DOD-8570.
  • 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.
  • CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement.
  • Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification.
  • 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+.
  • You will be able to go further than a cybersecurity degree without certifications and you will also get there faster.
  • These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

What is DOD-8570, and why is it important in 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.
  • On November 20, 1985, Defense Technical Information Center issued the directive DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center). 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.
  • CompTIA security+ is usually the minimum required.
  • 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 disadvantages of a degree versus certifications in cybersecurity?

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

  • The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time.
  • The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
  • You can demonstrate that you have the skill an employer is looking for by getting the right certification.
  • You must also meet 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?

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many people desire remote training. However you should attend live classes rather than self-study.
  • You will have a better learning experience, and you can ask questions and see what other students are asking.
  • You should record the classes so that you can go back and review them 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. You will learn and retain the concepts better if you do them more often.
  • There should be practice exams so you can make sure you are ready before taking the 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 the cybersecurity training that you need in just 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 has created a curriculum by some of world’s top technologists as well as experts in education to meet Defense Directive 85710.1.
  • Directive 8570.1 applies to individuals in the private and government sectors, as well as military personnel who have access DoD computer systems. They are required to learn Cyber Security and Information Assurance training to enhance and secure DoD information and systems.
  • Students will learn Cyber Security basics to help protect computers, mobile devices, as well as computer networks.
  • Students will learn to implement basic security services for computers and networks that run Microsoft Operating Systems.

OUR CLASSES FOR THE CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL

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 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 gain an understanding of security issues affecting computer and network usage.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines 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 take day class, 2 weeks if you are taking evening classes)

CompTIA Network+

  • This course is designed to teach students how to install and configure TCP/IP clients.
  • These skills will enable students to manage, troubleshoot and configure wired and wireless 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 if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA Security+

  • You will develop specific skills required for implementing basic security services on any type of computer network as you build on your knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems, and networks.
  • Students will practice real-world problem-solving skills to learn how to solve security-related problems.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 weeks for 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.
  • Virtual labs are available for 6 months, so you can practice whenever and however often you want.
  • Any class can be retaken for free after 6 months
  • Practice exams are included.
  • Exam Crams are also included.
  • Exam vouchers are included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • We offer job placement assistance. 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. We provide training for thousands of employees. Many of them have hired us to train, and many of our jobs aren’t 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.

Let’s Get Started With Your 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? You may be eligible for a federal grant that will help you get trained, certified, and placed in your job at no cost. It is dependent on your location. The amounts and availability are determined by where you live. 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

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-Risk Free!

A student loan is usually required to finance your education and training for a career. 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 are unable to get a job, you will still have to repay the loan.

If you get a job and then are laid off one year later, you will have no income, but you still have payments.

Let’s assume you are granted a deferment. Although you may not be making any payments, interest is still accruing. That means by the time you can start paying, you owe more than when you started.
Your debt will increase if you are involved in an accident that leaves you without work for a prolonged period of time.

The loan will be with you until it is fully paid off.
Many of us know someone who had problems with student loans.

There is a better way. You can get the training and certification you need to begin your career while still sleeping at night.

Introduce the risk-free option: Income share agreements

Income share agreements are innovative student financing options that don’t require you to have any debt. They can help you start your career in Middletown, even if it isn’t your first time. Try Income Share Agreements to start your career in Middletown.


There is no initial cost or risk of money falling. An income share agreement is a contract that takes a portion of your salary in exchange for training. However, you only owe the income share when you work and make an income exceeding the minimum threshold.

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

Your debt is not subject to interest. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get a job. You also don’t owe extra if you lose your job.

You can’t earn less than the minimum threshold if you lose your job or you earn less. However, you won’t be required to pay any money until you work and make 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. We do not succeed and you do not pay until you are working. Seek out other schools for this opportunity!

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. 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. Cyberseek claims that there are over 500,000 job openings. There are more than 6,000 job opportunities in the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater area, for example. This means cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time. The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
You can demonstrate that you have the skill an employer is looking for by getting the right certification. You must also meet 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 is the Average Income in Cybersecurity?

The average salary of cybersecurity professionals in the United States was $112,974 on February 20, 2021. 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 CompTIA, internationally recognized industry leaders, created the Cyber Security IT Practitioner program curriculum and hands-on labs 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 Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are the most important certifications you need if you are brand new to cybersecurity. Here’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is DOD-8570. 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. CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement. Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification. These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

How do I get started for my cybersecurity training?

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.