Cybersecurity Training: This guide will help you start your career in Southern Pines in five weeks, even if there is no previous experience and without a student loan.

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Cybersecurity Training: This guide will help you start your career in Southern Pines in five weeks, even if there is no previous experience and 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. You already have the skills you need to succeed. How great would that be?

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.

You are stuck right now in a job that isn’t fulfilling your needs, or worse, you may be unemployed. Maybe you’ve tried a few classes at your community college, or even a self-paced study course. You might even have looked into the degree program at your local college, which can take at least four years. The risks and debt that come with a student loan are not to be overlooked.

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

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. If you are unemployed, you might even be able to do it for free.

This article contains all of the information you need. Read on to learn more.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity Now?

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 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.
  • Protecting our identities and personal details from theft by hackers or foreign governments is essential in cybercrime. This protects us from financial loss.

Cybersecurity is a great career choice.

  • In the past six years, cybersecurity job openings have increased by 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 a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of job openings in the cybersecurity field will be equal to or greater than the number of new workers entering the field each year.
  • That means there should always be a demand for cybersecurity professionals.

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.
  • Also, you should be a problem solver, curious about how things work, as well a detail-oriented person.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Estimated Average Salaries

  • The average salary of cybersecurity professionals in the United States was $112,974 at January 17, 2022.
  • Cybersecurity salaries range from $65,000 (25th percentile), to $145,500 (7th percentile).
  • Entry-level roles generally have lower wages, but offer opportunities for upward mobility and greater responsibility.

Is it possible to find 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.
  • A recent survey found that 70% of those in the field believe certifications are the most important training. Only 10% said a bachelor’s degree and 5% said a master’s degree.

What is the job of an entry-level Cybersecurity worker?

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

  • Designing and maintaining computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting the problems in the systems you are using.
  • Monitoring systems for malicious activity such as viruses and hackers.   
  • Investigating cyberattacks on computers networks and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet actions such as hacking, malware, viruses.
  • Run tests to assess the security of computer systems within an organization.

The list of possibilities goes on and on.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to Get Hired in Cybersecurity even without a degree?

  • CompTIA Cybersecurity+ and CompTIA Net+ are two of the most important certifications that you’ll need, if you’re new to cybersecurity.
  • Here’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is 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 usually the minimum required.
  • Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification.
  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ will require a solid foundation.
  • You will be able to go further than a cybersecurity degree without certifications and you will also get there faster.
  • 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?

  • This federal directive is issued by the Department of Defense (DOD). It specifies that all US government agencies must adhere to specific cybersecurity requirements in order to protect information systems.
  • This directive also defines and prohibits the use of these terms in the DOD.
  • On November 20, 1985, the Defense Technical Information Center issued DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center). 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.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum.
  • 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 pros and disadvantages of a degree versus certifications in cybersecurity?

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or 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).
  • This is why 70% of cybersecurity workers believe that certifications are essential for their professional development. only 10% said a bachelor’s degree and 5% said a master’s degree.

What Should Cybersecurity Training Look & Feel Like?

  • Remote training is becoming more popular due to the COVID-19 epidemic. But you should still take LIVE classes and not self-study.
  • Learning is more fun when you can ask questions of others and get answers.
  • Record all classes, so you can easily go back later.
  • If necessary, you should be able repeat the classes at no additional charge.
  • You should have labs to allow you to 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 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

  • 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 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.

CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL CLASSES

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 teach students the principles of software and database development.
  • Learn how to connect your mobile devices to the internet and set up a home network.
  • Students will learn how to protect their network and computers from hackers.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

Microsoft 40032 Network And Security Fundamentals

  • This course teaches participants the skills and information required to perform day-to-day tasks pertaining to Advanced Network Infrastructures and Network Hardware, Protocols and Services. Security Layers, Windows 10 Operating System Security and Advanced Network Security are some of the topics covered.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes).

CompTIA A+

  • This program will give students the skills necessary to become technicians.
  • They will take part in hands-on labs such as installing, configuring, diagnosing, performing preventive maintenance and learning basic networking.
  • Students will be able to install, troubleshoot, and replace components in PC hardware.
  • 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 teaches students how to configure and install TCP/IP clients.
  • Students will learn how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage wireless and wired 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+

  • 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

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.
  • Any class can be retaken for free after 6 months
  • Included are practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are also included.
  • Exam vouchers can be purchased.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • You will receive job placement assistance. 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 provide training for 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.

Cybersecurity Training-What’s Next?

Let’s see if you may be eligible for a WIOA Grant to pay for your training and job placement assistance (yes, 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. 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 vary by county

You may be eligible to receive this grant to help pay for the training you need in order to help you get started in your career.

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

How to Start Your Cybersecurity Training-Without Risk!

Typically, when you want to go to school to get trained for a new career, you need a student loan. 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.

Even if you don’t find a job right away you will still be responsible for 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 say you get a deferment. Although you may not be making any payments, interest is still accruing. This means that by the time you are able to start paying, your debts will be higher than they were when you started.
You can make your debt even higher if you’re in an accident or go without work for a long time.

The loan is yours until it is paid off.
Many of us know someone who had problems with student loans.

Imagine a better way to get the training you need and still be able to sleep 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 Southern Pines, are innovative options for student financing that are debt-free. If you are considering starting your career in Southern Pines, try Income Share Agreements.


There is no upfront cost and there is no risk of losing 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 way to start in the cybersecurity field.

There is no 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.

Because we are confident in our results, we offer an income share agreement that is completely risk-free. 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.

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?

The number of cybersecurity jobs increased by 94% in the last six years. 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 opportunities for career advancement in cybersecurity, which is a rapidly growing industry. Cyberseek claims that there are over 500,000 job openings. For example, the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater job market has over 6,000 open positions. 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. 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). This is why 70% of cybersecurity workers believe that certifications are essential for their professional development. only 10% said a bachelor’s degree and 5% said a master’s degree.

How Much Can I Make In A Cybersecurity Career?

On February 20, 2021, the average cybersecurity professional salary in America was $112974. The average cybersecurity salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $145,000. (75th%) Entry-level roles typically have lower wages but offer more opportunities for growth and responsibility.

Can I really finish the training in 5 weeks?

Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association, (CompTIA), are internationally recognized industry representatives who developed the Cyber Security IT Professional program curriculum, which is designed to complete your training in five weeks (or ten weeks if you choose evening classes). They also created the hands-on labs.

How can I get hired as a Cybersecurity professional without a degree?

CompTIA Cybersecurity+ and CompTIA Net+ are two of the most important certifications that you’ll need, if you’re new to cybersecurity. Here’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is 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 usually the minimum required. 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.

What's next if I want to get started?

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 or make an appointment today for us to call you.