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Cybersecurity Training: How to start your career in Tampa, without any experience or student loans!

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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 all the skills required. It would be amazing.

You could write your own ticket, choosing companies with the best pay, benefits, and opportunities to move up in your career.

Right now, however, you’re stuck in a dead-end job, 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. There are also all the risks and debt associated with a student loan.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way:

It’s possible to begin your training in this field in just five weeks. It may be possible to complete the training for free if you are unemployed.

All of the answers you need are right here in this article. To get them, you just need to read on.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity means protecting computer systems and networks against malicious attack.
  • 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 important because it protects our identities, information, and personal data from being stolen by hackers or foreign governments.
  • With the increase in cybercrime, it’s become more difficult to stay secure.
  • 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.

  • The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six-years.
  • 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. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics job openings will almost double the annual number of workers entering this field.
  • So cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

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

  • Passionate about technology, and especially cybersecurity, is a must.
  • 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 Salaries

  • As of January 17, 2022, the US average annual salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112,974,
  • Cybersecurity salaries range from $65,000 (25th percentile), to $145,500 (7th percentile).
  • Entry-level jobs generally pay less, but offer the opportunity to be a qualified worker with greater responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it difficult to get a job as a cybersecurity professional?

  • 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 job survey, 70% said that certifications were the most important training they received for their careers. Only 10% said a bachelor’s degree and 5% said a master’s degree.

What does the Cybersecurity job entail for entry-level?

You will be using computers as part of your IT job. A variety of tasks will be performed by you, including:

  • The development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting problems on the systems that you work on.
  • Monitoring systems for malicious activity such as viruses and hackers.   
  • Investigating cyberattacks on computers networks and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activities, such as hacking and malware.
  • 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 as a Cybersecurity professional even without a degree

  • CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, are the most essential certifications you will need if your new to cybersecurity.
  • Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570.
  • (Technically, it has been updated to DOD-8140, but that uses the old DOD-8570 chart).
  • You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required.
  • Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for 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.
  • 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 what does it mean for 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 defined in the directive and banned from use by the DOD.
  • The directive, DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center) was issued by the Defense Technical Information Center on November 20, 1985. Its purpose is to ensure that DoD information systems are protected from the potential vulnerabilities of unclassified and 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+ 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?

  • While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more.
  • While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
  • A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require.
  • You must also meet 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 have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

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.
  • You will have a better learning experience, and you can ask questions and see what other students are asking.
  • It is important to record all or some of the classes in order to be able later to review them.
  • You should be able to repeat the classes again if needed at no extra charge.
  • 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.
  • You should have practice exams to ensure that you are fully prepared for the exam. 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 and certifications you need in five weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Pro program

Overview

  • Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association are globally respected industry representatives. The Cyber Security IT Pro program curriculum and hands on labs were developed by Microsoft.
  • 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 will teach students how to secure computers, mobile devices, and networks.
  • Students will learn how basic security services can be implemented on Microsoft Operating Systems-based computers and networks.

CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL CLASSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will teach students how to install basic software programs and how to setup a computer workstation.
  • This course teaches students how a computer system works and what devices exist within it, as well as how to apply basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • We will teach students the principles of software and database development.
  • You will learn how to set up a home network and connect mobile devices to the internet.
  • 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 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 if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA® A+

  • This program will give students the skills necessary to become technicians.
  • Students will be able to perform basic networking and install, configure, diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform preventive maintenance.
  • 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 if you take day classes, 2 weeks 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 (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)

CompTIA Security+

  • As you expand your knowledge on operating systems, networks, and computer hardware, you will learn the skills necessary to implement basic security services across any type of network.
  • Students will gain real-world experience in solving security problems.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if 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 can be taken remotely, so you can have live instructors and interact with them.
  • 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 classes for free within 6 months
  • You can also take practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are also 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. 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.

How Do I Get Started for my 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? Federal grant programs are not well-known and can help you get training, certification, and employment at no cost. Your location will determine your eligibility and the amount you receive. This program is available to qualified individuals. It can pay up $15,000 to be trained and certified, then help you get a job. The amount and availability vary by county

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!

A student loan is required when you are planning to attend school to learn for a new job. While this can be a good option for some people, it is not without its risks.

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 assume you are granted a deferment. You might not be making payments, but interest keeps accruing in the meantime. 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 will follow you around for as long as it takes to be paid off.
Many of us know someone who had problems with student loans.

There is a better way. You can get the training and certification you need to begin your career while still sleeping at night.

Introduce the risk-free option: Income share agreements

Income share agreements, which can be used to finance your education and help you get started in Tampa, are innovative options for student financing that are debt-free. Try Income Share Agreements to start your career in Tampa.


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 to introduce yourself to 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 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.

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

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

Check to see if your qualifications are met – make an appointment today!

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Why Should I Go Into A Cybersecurity Career?

The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six years. If you are looking for a career with a high degree of flexibility and change, then cybersecurity is the right career choice. Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry that offers many career opportunities. Cyberseek reports that there are almost 500,000 job positions. Clearwater, Tampa, St.Petersburg, and Clearwater have over 6,000 job vacancies. This means cybersecurity professionals will always be in high 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. While the degree offers a wide range of knowledge that can be applied in many industries, it has less hands-on skills.
A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require. You must also meet 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 have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

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 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 Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without a Degree?

CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, are the most essential certifications you will need if your new to cybersecurity. Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570. (Technically, it has been updated to DOD-8140, but that uses the old DOD-8570 chart). You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information. CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification 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.

What's next if I want to get started?

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 now or book an appointment for us to call you.