Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Oakridge in 5 weeks even if you have no experience--without a student loan!

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“I was “early retired” by the corporation I had worked for, for 18 years and was still going strong. There was no reason other than I already knew when you approach age 55 you could expect the “offer”. I happened to meet a … (Dewey) at a job fair and that started a relationship wherein I took a couple of classes and gained one certification which was critical in my job search. After 18 months I landed my dream job in IT with the VA national office due to that certification!! I am forever grateful to the services for the unemployed especially veterans of which I am one. Bravo zulu!!”
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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Oakridge 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 have the skills you need to succeed. It would be amazing.

You can write your own ticket and choose companies that pay the most, offer the best benefits, and give you the opportunity to advance in your career.

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. A student loan can be costly and has additional risks.

But it doesn’t need to be that way.

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. If you are unemployed, you may be able to do it at no cost to you.

You will find all the answers here. All you have to do is read on.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

What You Need To Know About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity and how can you protect your organization?

  • Cybersecurity is the protection and security of computer networks and systems from malicious attacks.
  • It involves protecting the information technology infrastructure and protecting data within it.

Why Companies Think Cybersecurity Is So Important

  • Cybersecurity is essential because it protects identities and information from being stolen by hackers and foreign governments.
  • It’s more difficult than ever to keep your computer safe with cybercrime increasing.
  • With the increasing cybercrime, it is important to protect our identities and personal data from being stolen by hackers or foreign governments as this protects us from financial loss.

Cybersecurity is a great career choice.

  • Over the past six year, cybersecurity job openings have increased 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 an expanding industry with many different jobs that offer great career opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in this field will be as large or larger than the number of people who enter it each year.
  • So cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

How do you know if I am a good candidate to work in cybersecurity?

  • Passionate about technology, and especially cybersecurity, is a must.
  • If you are not passionate about technology, it will be difficult to work remotely and remain focused on your job.
  • 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

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 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?

  • 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 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?

As with any IT job you will work with computers. You’ll be responsible for a range of tasks, such as:

  • Development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting system problems
  • System monitoring for malicious activity like viruses and hackers.   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks on computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious actions on the Internet, such as hacking, malware, and viruses.
  • Running tests to determine security levels in computer systems within an enterprise.

The possibilities are limitless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to get a job in Cybersecurity even if you don’t have a degree

  • CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are the most important certifications you need if you are brand new to cybersecurity.
  • This is because of a less-known government regulation, DOD-8570.
  • Technically, it has been updated by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart.
  • The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required.
  • Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain 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 it matter for cybersecurity?

  • It is a federal directive issued by the Department of Defense. It states that all US government agency should adhere to cybersecurity requirements regarding 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 that DoD information systems are protected from the potential vulnerabilities of unclassified and 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.
  • Employers want to see that you have the right certification.
  • Also, there is a legal requirement (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 had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

What should cybersecurity training look like?

  • More people want remote training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you should take LIVE classes, rather than self-study.
  • The learning experience is better, plus you have the ability to ask questions and see the questions other students are asking
  • It is important to record all or some of the classes in order to be able later to review them.
  • You should be able to repeat the classes again if needed at no extra charge.
  • 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.
  • It is important to have practice exams in order to make sure that you are prepared before taking the exam. 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 the cybersecurity training you need in 5 weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Professional program

Overview

  • The Cyber Security IT Professional program curriculum and hands-on labs are developed by Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) – globally recognized industry representatives.
  • 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.
  • In this program, students learn the basics of Cyber Security so that they can protect computers, mobile devices, and computer networks.
  • This program teaches students how to install basic security services on computers running Microsoft Operating Systems and networks.

OUR COURSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will show students basic software applications as well as how to set-up a computer system.
  • 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 introduce students to basic database and software development principles.
  • Learn how to connect your mobile devices to the internet and set up a home network.
  • The students will also learn about security issues that can affect computer and network use.
  • 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 (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 participate in hands-on labs that include installing, configuring and diagnosing computers, performing preventive maintenance, and basic networking.
  • Students will be able to install, troubleshoot, and replace components in PC hardware.
  • The course also covers how to support and troubleshoot smartphones, devices, printers, as well as laptops.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for 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.
  • The objective is that they will also acquire skills to support emerging technologies such as cloud-based computing and virtualization
  • 40 hours (if you take day class, 2 weeks for evening class)

CompTIA Security+

  • As you increase your knowledge about operating systems and computers, you will be able to implement basic security services on any kind of computer network.
  • Students will gain real-world experience in solving security problems.
  • 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

Cyber Security IT Pro Benefits

  • 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 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 are included.
  • Exam vouchers can be purchased.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Assistance with job placement is provided. 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 offer training to thousands. Many of them recruit from us, so many of the jobs we have placed people in are not even advertised.
  • The bottom line is that you can finish your training in 5 weeks or 10 weeks if night classes are chosen. Once you’re done, you can start 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 federal grant program is available that will pay for training, certification and placement in your field. Availability and amounts are based on where you live. If you are eligible, the program can pay up to $15,000 to help you get trained and certified. The amount and availability vary by county

We can help you can apply for this grant if you are eligible. It will pay for the training that you need to help you advance 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!

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.

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

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. While you might not be paying any payments, interest continues to accrue. 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 follow you around for as long as it takes to be paid off.
We all know someone who has had a problem with student loans.

What if there was a better method? You could still get the training that you need to start your career and sleep well at night.

Introduce the risk-free option of Income Share Agreements

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


There is no cost upfront and no chance of losing your 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 a risk free option that can be used to introduce yourself to cybersecurity.

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 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 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 do not pay until your work is completed. Ask other schools if they offer this.

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 Should I Go Into A Cybersecurity Career?

In the last six years, cybersecurity jobs have seen a 94% increase. 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 estimates that there are nearly 500,000 job opportunities. Over 6,000 job openings are available in Tampa/ St.Petersburg/ Clearwater, for instance. 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). 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 had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

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 is $65,000 (25th%) – $145,000 (75th%) Entry-level positions typically have lower salaries but offer excellent work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

How can I finish the training in just five weeks?

Our Cyber Security IT Professional program is designed to do just that. The curriculum and hands-on labs are developed by Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) – globally recognized industry representatives.

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. This is because of a less-known government regulation, DOD-8570. Technically, it has been updated by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart. The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data. CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required. Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain 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?

Are you unemployed? If so, you may be eligible for a WIOA Grant that could pay for your training and job placement assistance (yes, that means it might be free if you qualify!) Call today or make an appointment for us to call you.