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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 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 you need to succeed. How great would that be?

You could write your own ticket, choosing companies with the best pay, benefits, and opportunities to move up 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. You also need to consider the risks and debts associated with student loans.

But it doesn’t need to be that way.

It’s possible to begin your training in this field in just five weeks. Unemployed people may even be eligible to train for this job at no cost.

This article contains all of the information you need. You just have to keep reading.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

What You Need To Know About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity is the protection and security of computer networks and systems from 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 Important?

  • Cybersecurity is crucial because it protects personal data, identities, and identities from being stolen either by hackers, or foreign governments.
  • It’s more difficult than ever to keep your computer safe with cybercrime increasing.
  • It is vital to safeguard our identities and personal information from being stolen by hackers or other foreign governments. This protects us against financial loss.

Cybersecurity career: Why not?

  • Cybersecurity job openings 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, a fast-growing industry, offers many career opportunities and offers numerous job options. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job openings in this field will be at least as high or higher than the number of workers who enter the field each year.
  • This means that cybersecurity professionals should always be in demand.

How can you tell if you are a good candidate for cybersecurity work?

  • You need to be extremely passionate about technology and in particular, cybersecurity.
  • 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.

How much money can you make in Cybersecurity?

Average Salary for Cybersecurity Workers

  • As of January 17, 2022, the US average annual salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112,974,
  • Cybersecurity average salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $145,000. (75th%)
  • 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?

  • Sometimes, 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 survey, 70% of cybersecurity professionals believe that certifications are the most important training. Only 10% chose a bachelor’s and 5% chose a master’s.

What does the Cybersecurity job entail for entry-level?

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

  • The development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting issues with the systems you use.
  • Monitor the systems for malicious activity (e.g. viruses and hackers).   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks on computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activity, such as hacking, malware, or 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 Hired in Cybersecurity even 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.
  • 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.
  • Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+.
  • This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government.
  • 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 help you get further than a diploma in cybersecurity. You’ll also be able to get there 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 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.
  • These terms are also defined and prohibited from being used in 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 there is a requirement for most positions in this area that you hold at least one of the listed certifications.
  • CompTIA security+ is usually the minimum required.
  • Many companies, even those that will not do business with government agencies, have become copycats and need the same certifications as those companies required.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a Cybersecurity Degree versus Cybersecurity Certifications?

What gets you a job faster in cybersecurity-a degree or certifications

  • The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time.
  • 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.
  • There is also 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.
  • You will have a better learning experience, and you can ask questions and see what other students are asking.
  • The classes should be recorded, so you can review all or part of them later.
  • The classes should be repeatable if necessary at no additional cost.
  • Labs are necessary to provide hands-on practice. The more you practice the labs, you’ll be able to better understand and remember the concepts.
  • There should be practice exams so you can make sure you are ready before taking the exams. The instructor should be available to help you cram for the exam.
  • Instructors should be available to answer additional questions as needed.
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.
  • CompTIA has created a curriculum by some of world’s top technologists as well as experts in education to meet Defense Directive 85710.1.
  • 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.
  • In this program, students learn the basics of Cyber Security so that they can protect computers, mobile devices, and 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 the basics of how a computer works, what its devices are, and how to use basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • Students will be introduced to the basics of database design and software 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

  • Participants will learn how to manage day-today functions related to Advanced Network Infrastructures and Network Hardware.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks 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.
  • Participants will learn basic networking skills and participate in labs.
  • Students who take this course will also handle PC hardware in a business setting, such as installing, troubleshooting, and replacing components.
  • The course also focuses on supporting and troubleshooting laptops, devices, printers, and smartphones.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for 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.
  • Students will also be able to support emerging technologies such cloud-based computing or 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 gain real-world experience in solving security problems.
  • 40 hours (1 week for 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 are live remote, meaning you have a live instructor so the classes are interactive, but you can take them from home.
  • Virtual labs are available for 6 months, so you can practice whenever and however often you want.
  • Within 6 months, you can take any class again for no cost
  • Practice exams are included.
  • Exam Crams can be included.
  • Exam vouchers are included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Job placement assistance is included. 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 offer training to thousands of employees. Many of them recruit from us, so many of the jobs we have placed people in 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.

Cybersecurity Training-What’s Next?

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. The amount and availability of the grant depend on where you live. This program may pay as much as $15,000 to train, become certified and help you find a job. The amount and availability of the funds will vary from one county to another.

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 Start Your Cybersecurity Training-Risk Free!

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:

The problem is that you are the one who takes all the risk.

If you are unable to get a job, you will still have to repay 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 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.
This interest will make your debt more if you are injured in an accident.

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: 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 Oakridge, even if it isn’t your first time. Consider Income Share Agreements if you’re thinking of starting a career in Oakridge.


There is no initial cost or risk of money falling. 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 an easy way to get started in cybersecurity.

You don’t owe any interest 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 are not required to pay anything if your earnings fall below the minimum threshold for your program.

We offer an income-share agreement that is 100% risk-free, even for those who have no work experience or are unemployed. We don’t succeed, and you don’t have to work until you get paid. Ask other schools if they offer this.

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

Make an appointment to see if you are eligible.

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Is Cybersecurity a Good Career?

The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six years. If you’re looking for a career in cybersecurity, now is the right time. Cybersecurity is an expanding industry that offers many different job opportunities and great career prospects. Cyberseek says there are almost 500k job openings. There are more than 6,000 job opportunities in the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater area, for example. This means that cybersecurity professionals need to be available at all times.

What gets you a job faster in cybersecurity-a degree or certifications

The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time. 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. There is also 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 in the United States was $112,974 on February 20, 2021. The average cybersecurity salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $145,000. (75th%) Entry-level positions have lower salaries, but offer great opportunities for advancement and increased responsibility.

How can I finish the training in just five 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 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. 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. Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+. This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government. If you get these certifications, the demand for your skills is very strong and you should have no problem getting placed.

How do I start this cybersecurity training program?

First, let’s see if you qualify for a WIOA Grant that could pay for this for you (yes, that means it might be free if you qualify!) Call today or make an appointment for us to call you.