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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Pierce 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 are now working in cybersecurity. The demand for your skills is high, and the supply is low. The skills you already have are what employers are looking for. 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.

But right now, here you are, stuck in either a dead-end job or worse yet, unemployed. 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. There are also all the risks and debt associated with a student loan.

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. 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. Just continue reading to find out how.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why look at a Cybersecurity career?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity refers to the protection of computers and networks against malicious attacks.
  • It involves protecting the information technology infrastructure and protecting data within it.

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.
  • 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.

  • Over the past six year, cybersecurity job openings have increased 94%.
  • The best time to pursue a career within cybersecurity is now.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are not passionate about technology, it will be difficult to work remotely and remain focused on your job.
  • You should also be a good problem solver, be curious about how things work, and have good attention to detail.

How much can you make investing in a Cybersecurity Career

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 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?

  • Sometimes, 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 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 do entry-level people do on the job in the Cybersecurity field?

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

  • Maintaining and developing computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting system problems
  • Systems monitoring for malicious activity, such as viruses or hackers.   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks on computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet actions such as hacking, malware, 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 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.
  • This is because of a less-known government regulation, DOD-8570.
  • Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format.
  • 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.
  • CompTIA Security+ is usually the minimum 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 take you far beyond a degree in cybersecurity without certifications. Plus, you’ll be able get there much faster.
  • You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

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.
  • It also defines these terms and prohibits their use in the DOD.
  • On November 20, 1985, the Defense Technical Information Center issued DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center). Its purpose is to ensure that DoD information systems are protected from the potential vulnerabilities of unclassified and classified information.
  • This means that for many positions in this industry, you will need to have at least one certification.
  • 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 benefits and drawbacks of a Cybersecurity Degree versus Cybersecurity Certifications?

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

  • While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more.
  • The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
  • A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require.
  • There is also a legal requirement (see above).
  • According to Information Week’s Dark Reading salary survey, 70% said that certifications are the most important training for their careers. 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?

  • More people want remote training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you should take LIVE classes, rather than self-study.
  • Learning is more fun when you can ask questions of others and get answers.
  • 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.
  • Labs should be available for you to practice the concepts in a hands-on setting. The more often you can do the labs, the better you will understand and remember the concepts
  • You should have practice exams to ensure that you are fully prepared for the exam. Ideally, there should also be chances to cram for the exam with the instructor.
  • Instructors should be available for additional questions if necessary.
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 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.
  • Instruction 8570.1 states that individuals who work in the public sector, government contractors, and military personnel have to be trained in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. This training is required to help strengthen and secure DoD information and networks.
  • Students will learn Cyber Security basics to help protect computers, mobile devices, as well as computer 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

  • Students will be introduced to the basics of software and taught how to set up a computer station.
  • 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.
  • This course will teach you how to create a home network, and connect mobile devices with the internet.
  • Students will gain an understanding of security issues affecting computer and network usage.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if 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 for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes).

CompTIA® A+

  • The program will provide students with the necessary computer skills to become computer support professionals.
  • They will take part in hands-on labs such as installing, configuring, diagnosing, performing preventive maintenance and learning basic networking.
  • 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 the support and troubleshooting of smartphones, tablets, printers, laptops, and other devices.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA Network+

  • This course will teach you how to set up and configure TCP/IP clients.
  • By acquiring these skills, students will be able to troubleshoot, configure and manage wired and wireless networks.
  • This course will equip students with the skills necessary to support new technologies such as virtualization and cloud-based computing.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

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 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

Program Benefits

  • In as little as five weeks, you can finish your training and be job-ready (or 10 weeks if taking night classes).
  • Classes are live remote, meaning you have a live instructor so the classes are interactive, but you can take them from home.
  • You have access for six months to virtual labs. This allows you to practice as often and as often as necessary.
  • You can retake any class for free within six months
  • You can also take practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are also 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. Training is provided for thousands of employees. Many of them are recruiters from us. Many of the jobs we have placed people into 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.

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? A federal grant program is available that will pay for training, certification and placement in your field. The availability and amount of grants will depend on where you are located. If you qualify, this program can pay up to $15,000 to get trained, certified, and then get help getting placed in your career. There are different amounts and availability depending on where you live.

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 Get Started in Cybersecurity Training-No Risk!

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 do not get a job right away, you still have to pay the loan.

If you do get a job, then get laid off a year later, you have no income but you still have to make payments.

Let’s assume you are granted a deferment. While you may not be making payments at the time, interest will continue to accrue. It means that you owe more when you start paying than you were 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 follows you around forever until it is paid off.
Everybody knows someone who’s had to deal with student loan problems.

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, which are innovative and free from debt, allow you to launch your career in Pierce. Consider Income Share Agreements if you’re thinking of starting a career in Pierce.


There is no up-front cost and no risk of money down. 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 a risk-free option that can be used as an introduction to the field of cybersecurity.

There is no 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 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. We do not succeed and you do not pay until you are working. Try asking other schools if they will offer this!

To find out if this is for you, a telephone interview is required.

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

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Is Cybersecurity a Good Career?

In the last six years, cybersecurity jobs have seen a 94% increase. If you are interested in a career that is constantly evolving and changing, this is the time to start a career as a cybersecurity professional. There are many jobs in cybersecurity that can offer career growth 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 should always be in demand.

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more. The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require. There is also a legal requirement (see above). According to Information Week’s Dark Reading salary survey, 70% said that certifications are the most important training for their careers. 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 Salary in Cybersecurity?

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 jobs typically offer lower salaries, but great work opportunities and greater responsibility.

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 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. Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format. 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. CompTIA Security+ is usually the minimum required. Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain this certification. You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

What's next if I want to get started?

We will start by checking your eligibility for a WIOA Grant. If you qualify, it might pay for this for you. Call now or book an appointment for us to call you.