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Cybersecurity Training: Learn how to get started in Mira Mar without student loans and no prior experience.

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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. How good would it be?

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

Now, you are either stuck in a dead-end occupation or worse, out of work. You may have even tried some classes at the local community colleges, or self-paced learning courses. Or even looked into the degree program at the nearby college which takes at least four years. You also need to consider the risks and debts associated with student loans.

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

There is a way you can start training for this field and be complete in just five weeks–without a student loan or any of the risks associated with one. You might be able even to do it free of charge if you’re unemployed.

All of the answers you need are right here in this article. You just have to keep reading.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity Now?

What is Cybersecurity and how can you protect your organization?

  • Cybersecurity refers to the protection of computers and networks against malicious attacks.
  • The practice includes ensuring that information technology infrastructure is protected against disruption while protecting data within a system or network.

Why Is Cybersecurity So Critical?

  • Cybersecurity is crucial because it protects personal data, identities, and identities from being stolen either by hackers, or foreign 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 careers are a good choice.

  • The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six-years.
  • The best time to pursue a career within cybersecurity is now.
  • Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing industry that offers many opportunities for career advancement. 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?

  • Passionate about technology, and especially cybersecurity, is a must.
  • You won’t be able work remotely or focus on your job if you aren’t.
  • 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 US average annual salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112,974,
  • Cyber Security salaries average between $65,000 (25th and 75th percentiles) and $145,000.
  • Entry-level positions typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it possible to find a job in cybersecurity?

  • But not always.
  • It is important to understand that the demand for cybersecurity professionals will always be there, but you’ll have to be smart and strategic in your approach to getting into this career and how to advance.
  • According to a job survey, 70% said that certifications were the most important training they received for their careers. Only 10% said a bachelor’s degree and 5% said a master’s degree.

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

As with any IT job, you’ll be working with computers. You will perform many tasks including:

  • The development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting problems on the systems that you work on.
  • Monitor systems for malicious activity, such as viruses and hackers.   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks against computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activity, such as hacking, malware, or viruses.
  • Run tests to assess the security of computer systems within an organization.

There are many options.

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 because of a less-known government regulation, DOD-8570.
  • 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+ 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+.
  • These certifications will get you further than a degree in cybersecurity without certifications, plus you will get there much more quickly.
  • If you get these certifications, the demand for your skills is very strong and you should have no problem getting placed.

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.
  • The Defense Technical Information Center (DoD-8570) issued the directive on November 20, 1985. Its purpose, is to ensure DoD information system security against potential vulnerabilities of unclassified or classified 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+.
  • The problem is that many companies, even those not doing business with the government will, require the same certifications.

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.
  • The right certification demonstrates that you have a specific skill the employer wants.
  • 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 had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

What Should Cybersecurity Training Look like?

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic more people are looking for remote training. However, it is better to take LIVE classes than self-study.
  • It is a more enjoyable learning experience. You can also ask questions and view the answers of other students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Practice exams should be provided so that you can ensure you are prepared before you take the actual exams. It is a good idea to have opportunities to practice for the exam with the instructor.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 will show students how computers work and the various devices that are contained within them. Students will also learn how to support and maintain their computer systems.
  • We will teach students the principles of software and database development.
  • Students will be able to set up a network at home and connect their mobile devices to it.
  • Students will learn how to protect their network and computers from hackers.
  • 40 hours (1 week if taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending 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 (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA A+

  • The program will provide students with the necessary computer skills to become computer support professionals.
  • 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+

  • 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 gain real-world experience in solving security 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

  • Complete your training and be job-ready in as little as 5 weeks (10 weeks if you take night classes)
  • Live remote classes allow you to interact with a live instructor while you are at home.
  • 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
  • You can also take practice exams.
  • Exam Crams can be included.
  • Exam vouchers are also included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Job placement assistance is included. Our full-time career services director can help you with your job hunt, including your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. We also have the ability to help you get past the applicant tracking software. We offer training to thousands. Many of them hire from us. Therefore, many of the jobs that we have placed people are not 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 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. Availability and amounts are based on where you live. This program will pay up to $15,000 to become trained, certified and placed in your chosen career. The availability and amount of this program vary by county.

If you’re eligible, this grant can be used for training to pay the cost of your courses to help you move up in your career.

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

How to Get Started in Cybersecurity Training-No Risk!

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.

This is where the problem lies: You are the one taking all the risks.

Even if you don’t find a job right away you will still be responsible for the loan.

You can lose your job if you don’t get it, but still need to pay the bills.

Let’s assume you are granted a deferment. While you may not be making payments at the time, interest will continue 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.
If you are in an accident and go for an extended time without work, your debt increases even further because of this interest.

The loan will follow you around for as long as it takes to be 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: 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 Mira Mar, even if it isn’t your first time. Try Income Share Agreements to start your career in Mira Mar.


There is no initial cost or risk of money falling. The income share agreement takes a percentage of your salary for a fixed period of time in exchange for training, but you only owe and only pay when you are working and making an income above the minimum threshold.

This is a risk-free option that can be used as an introduction to the field of cybersecurity.

There is no interest charged 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.

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. We do not succeed and you do not pay until you are working. Ask other schools if they offer this.

For you to determine if this is the right job for you, we will need to speak with your phone.

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?

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. Cybersecurity is a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. Cyberseek estimates that there are nearly 500,000 job opportunities. 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.

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.
The right certification demonstrates that you have a specific skill the employer wants. 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 had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

How Much Can I Earn 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 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 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 a job 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. 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+ is the minimum requirement. Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification. If you get these certifications, the demand for your skills is very strong and you should have no problem getting 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 now or book an appointment for us to call you.