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

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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Tampa 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 can choose the companies that offer the highest pay and benefits. This will allow you to make your own career choices.

Here you are right now, in a dead-end or worse, unemployed. Maybe you even tried a couple of classes at the community college or a self-paced study course or even checked out the degree program at the local college that takes at least four years. Not to mention, all the debt and risks associated with a student loan you would need.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way:

There are ways to get started in this field without any student loans or other risks. You can complete your training in five weeks. Unemployed people may even be eligible to train for this job at no cost.

You will find all the answers here. Just continue reading to find out how.

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.
  • This practice involves protecting information technology infrastructure from disruption and data within the 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 is becoming increasingly difficult to be secure due to the increasing threat of cybercrime.
  • 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%.
  • 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. 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 do I know if my qualifications are right for cybersecurity work?

  • Technology and cybersecurity are passions that you must be passionate about.
  • If you don’t have this passion, you will not be able to work remotely while focusing on the job.
  • Also, you should be a problem solver, curious about how things work, as well a detail-oriented person.

How much can you make in Cybersecurity

Average Salaries

  • The average salary of cybersecurity professionals in the United States was $112,974 at January 17, 2022.
  • 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 hard to get a job working in cybersecurity?

  • Sometimes, not always.
  • It is important to understand that the demand for cybersecurity professionals will always be there, but you’ll have to be smart and strategic in your approach to getting into this career and how to advance.
  • According to a recent job survey, 70% of people in this field said certifications were the most important training for their career. Only 10% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a master’s.

What do entry-level people do on the job in the Cybersecurity field?

You’ll work with computers, as with all IT jobs. You will perform many tasks including:

  • Designing and maintaining computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting problems on the systems that you work on.
  • Monitor systems for malicious activity, such as viruses and hackers.   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks against computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet actions such as hacking, malware, viruses.
  • Running tests to determine the security levels of computer systems in an organization.

The possibilities are endless.

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+, CompTIA Security+, are the most essential certifications you will need if your 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.
  • You must hold at least one certification if you’re in a situation where sensitive government data might be available to you.
  • Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+.
  • Even companies that do not work with government agencies are required to obtain this certification.
  • Before you can take these courses, you will need to have a solid foundation. If you don’t have any IT experience and you are just starting out, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Microsoft Network, Security Fundamentals and CompTIA A+ should be your first course.
  • 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 this matter in 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 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+ 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 pros and disadvantages of a degree versus certifications in cybersecurity?

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

  • A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer.
  • Although the degree gives you a broad understanding that can be used in many industries, it does not have as many hands-on skills.
  • You can demonstrate that you have the skill an employer is looking for by getting the right certification.
  • You must also meet a legal requirement (see above).
  • All this is why, according to the recent Information Week Dark Reading salary survey 70% of cybersecurity workers said that certifications were their most important training. Only 10% said they had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

What should cybersecurity training look like?

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic more people are looking for remote training. However, it is better to take LIVE classes than self-study.
  • It is a more enjoyable learning experience. You can also ask questions and view the answers of other students.
  • Record all classes, so you can easily go back later.
  • It should not cost extra to repeat classes if you have any questions.
  • There should be labs so you can get hands-on practice. You will learn and retain the concepts better if you do them more often.
  • It is important to have practice exams in order to make sure that you are prepared before taking the exam. Ideally, there should also be chances to cram 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 CompTIA, internationally recognized industry representatives, created the Cyber Security IT Practitioner program curriculum and 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.
  • 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.
  • This program teaches students the basics of Cyber Security to protect their computers, mobile devices, networks, and personal information.
  • Students will learn how basic security services can be implemented on Microsoft Operating Systems-based computers and networks.

OUR CLASSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • Students will be introduced to the basics of software and taught how to set up a computer station.
  • This course will teach students about the basics of computer systems and how they work. It also teaches them how to maintain and support computers.
  • We will teach students the principles of software and database development.
  • Students will be able to set up a network at home and connect their mobile devices to it.
  • The students will also learn about security issues that can affect computer and network use.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if 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 taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending evening classes)

CompTIA® A+

  • This program will teach students the latest computer skills needed by computer support professionals, proving their readiness to be technicians.
  • They will participate in hands-on labs that include installing, configuring and diagnosing computers, performing preventive maintenance, and 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 how to support and troubleshoot smartphones, devices, printers, as well as laptops.
  • 40 hours (if you take day class, 2 weeks if you are taking evening classes)

CompTIA Network+

  • This course teaches students how to configure and install TCP/IP clients.
  • These skills will enable students to manage, troubleshoot and configure wired and wireless networks.
  • The objective is that they will also acquire skills to support emerging technologies such as cloud-based computing and virtualization
  • 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 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

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 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.
  • You can retake any classes for free within 6 months
  • These exams can be used as practice.
  • Exam Crams can be included.
  • Exam vouchers are also 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. Many of them hire from us. Therefore, many of the jobs that we have placed people are not 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.

Let’s Get Started With Your Cybersecurity Training

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? You may be eligible for a federal grant that will help you get trained, certified, and placed in your job at no cost. Your location will determine your eligibility and the amount you receive. This program may pay as much as $15,000 to train, become certified and help you find a job. There are different amounts and availability depending on where you live.

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 Cybersecurity Training-Risk Free!

A student loan is required when you are planning to attend school to learn for a new job. 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 do get a job, then get laid off a year later, you have no income but you still have to make payments.

Let’s imagine you get a delay. You might not be making payments, but interest keeps accruing in the meantime. You owe more now than you did when you first started paying.
Your debt will increase if you are involved in an accident that leaves you without work for a prolonged period of 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: 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 Tampa, even if it isn’t your first time. You might consider Income Share Agreements when you start your career here.


There is no cost upfront and no chance of losing your money. The income share agreement takes a percentage of your salary for a fixed period of time in exchange for training, but you only owe and only pay when you are working and making an income above the minimum 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 are offering an income share agreement that is risk-free for you even if you have no experience and are currently unemployed because of the confidence we have in our outcomes. We do not succeed and you do not pay until you are working. Ask other schools if they 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

Why Cybersecurity?

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. There are many jobs in cybersecurity that can offer career growth opportunities. Cyberseek claims that there are over 500,000 job openings. 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?

A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer. Although the degree gives you a broad understanding that can be used in many industries, it does not have as many hands-on skills.
You can demonstrate that you have the skill an employer is looking for by getting the right certification. You must also meet a legal requirement (see above). All this is why, according to the recent Information Week Dark Reading salary survey 70% of cybersecurity workers said that certifications were their most important training. Only 10% said they had a bachelor’s and 5% said that they had a master’s.

What is the Average Income in Cybersecurity?

The average salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112974 in the United States on February 20, 2021. The average cybersecurity salary ranges from $65,000 (25th%) up to $145,000. (75th%) Entry levels typically have lower salaries but offer exceptional work opportunities with greater responsibility and higher mobility.

How can I get trained 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+, CompTIA Security+, are the most essential certifications you will need if your 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. You must hold at least one certification if you’re in a situation where sensitive government data might be available to you. Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+. 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?

First, we want to check to see if you are eligible for a WIOA Grant, which could pay for it for you (yes, that means it might not cost you anything if you qualify)! Why don’t you call right now or make an appointment for us to call you