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Cybersecurity Training: Learn how to get started in Riverside 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. It would be amazing.

You have the option to choose the company that offers you the best salary, benefits, or opportunities to progress in your career.

Right now, however, you’re stuck in a dead-end job, or worse, unemployed. Perhaps you tried some classes at your local community college, a self-paced course or the four-year degree program at the college. Not to mention, all the debt and risks associated with a student loan you would need.

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

This article contains all of the information you need. Just continue reading to find out how.

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Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

What You Need To Know About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks 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 vital because it protects identity and personal information from being stolen or altered by hackers or other governments.
  • It’s more difficult than ever to keep your computer safe with cybercrime increasing.
  • 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 careers are a good choice.

  • In the past six years, cybersecurity job openings have increased by 94%.
  • If you’re interested in a career that is constantly evolving and changing, there’s no better time than right now to start a career in the cybersecurity industry.
  • Cybersecurity, a fast-growing industry, offers many career opportunities and offers numerous job options. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics job openings will almost double the annual number of workers entering this field.
  • That means there should always be a demand for cybersecurity professionals.

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

  • Technology and cybersecurity are passions that you must be passionate about.
  • You won’t be able work remotely or focus on your job if you aren’t.
  • 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

  • As of February 20, 2019, 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 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?

  • Sometimes, not always.
  • You need to realize that cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. However, you will have to be strategic and smart about how you approach this career.
  • A recent survey found that 70% of those in the field believe certifications are the most important training. 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?

You will use computers in your job as an IT professional. You’ll be responsible for a range of tasks, such as:

  • Developing and maintaining 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 hired 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 why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation.
  • 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 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 will make you highly sought-after and should not be a problem to get 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.
  • This directive also defines and prohibits the use of these terms in the DOD.
  • The Defense Technical Information Center (DoD-8570) issued the directive on November 20, 1985. Its purpose was to protect DoD information systems from potential vulnerabilities of classified or unclassified information.
  • This means that most positions in this field require that you have at least one of these certifications.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum.
  • 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 & cons of a Cybersecurity degree versus Cybersecurity certifications?

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

  • A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer.
  • 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.
  • 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% 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.
  • The learning experience is better, plus you have the ability to ask questions and see the questions other students are asking
  • You should record the classes so that you can go back and review them later.
  • 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 you practice the labs, you’ll be able to better understand and remember the concepts.
  • Practice exams should be provided so that you can ensure you are prepared before you take the actual exams. You should have the opportunity to study with your instructor for the exam.
  • Instructors should always be available to answer any additional questions.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get the cybersecurity training that you need in just 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 developed a curriculum written by some the top technologists and educators in the world to meet Defense Directive 8570.1.
  • 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.
  • In this program, students learn the basics of Cyber Security so that they can protect computers, mobile devices, and computer networks.
  • Students will learn how basic security services can be implemented on Microsoft Operating Systems-based computers and networks.

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 teaches students the basics of how a computer works, what its devices are, and how to use basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • We will introduce students to basic database and software development principles.
  • Students will be able to set up a network at home and connect their mobile devices to it.
  • Students will be able to understand security issues that affect network and computer usage.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for 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 if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA A+

  • This program will teach students the latest computer skills needed by computer support professionals, proving their readiness to be technicians.
  • Participants will learn basic networking skills and participate in labs.
  • This course will teach students how to use PC hardware in business settings, including installing, troubleshooting and replacing components.
  • This course will also help you troubleshoot and support your smartphones, tablets, printers, and laptops.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes)

CompTIA Network+

  • This course will teach you how to set up and configure TCP/IP clients.
  • Students will learn how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage wireless and wired networks.
  • They will also learn skills to support emerging technologies like cloud-based computing, virtualization, and other forms of cloud-based computing.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes)

CompTIA Security+

  • As you learn more about computers and operating systems, you’ll be able develop the skills needed to implement basic security services.
  • Students will be able to solve real-world security problems by using real-world problem solving.
  • 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

  • Your training can be completed and you will be ready for work in five weeks (or less if night classes are taken).
  • Classes are remote and live, which means you have a live instructor, making them interactive. However, you can also take them at your home.
  • Virtual labs are available for 6 months, so you can practice whenever and however often you want.
  • You can retake any classes for free within 6 months
  • Practice exams are included.
  • Exam Crams can be included.
  • Exam vouchers are also included.
  • 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 of employees. Many of them hire from us. Therefore, many of the jobs that we have placed people are not advertised.
  • Your training can be completed in 5 weeks (or even 10 weeks if you take night classes) and you will be well on your way to a new career.

Let’s Get Started With Your Cybersecurity Training

Let’s find out if you are eligible for a WIOA Grant. This grant can cover the cost of this (yes, 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 amount and availability of the grant depend on where you live. This program will pay up to $15,000 to become trained, certified and placed in your chosen career. The amount and availability of the funds will vary from one county to another.

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 Cyber Security 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:

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 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 assume you are granted a deferment. While you might not be paying any payments, interest continues to accrue. It means that you owe more when you start paying than you were when you started.
This interest will make your debt more if you are injured in an accident.

The loan is yours until it is 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.

Introducing the risk-free option: Income Share Agreements

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


There is no upfront cost and there is no risk of losing money. 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.

Your debt is not subject to interest. That means you don’t owe any more if it takes you longer to get a job and you do not owe any more if you lose your job and have to go a few months without paying.

If you earn less than the minimum threshold (this varies by program) or lose your job, you don’t have to pay anything until you are working and making 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. We don’t succeed, and you don’t have to work until you get paid. You might ask other schools to offer this option.

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

Make an appointment to see if you are eligible.

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Why Should I Go Into A Cybersecurity Career?

Over the past six years, cybersecurity jobs have increased by 94%. 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 growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. Cyberseek reports that there are almost 500,000 job positions. In the Tampa / St.Petersburg / Clearwater job market, for instance, there are over 6,000 job openings. This means that cybersecurity professionals should always be in demand.

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer. 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. 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% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a combination.

How Much Can I Make In A Cybersecurity Career?

On February 20, 2021, the average salary for cybersecurity professionals in the United States stood at $112,974 The average cybersecurity salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $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?

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 why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation. 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 will never work with the government are asking for this certification. These certifications will make you highly sought-after and should not be a problem to get 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.