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

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and can now work in cybersecurity where there was a tremendous demand and far more demand than supply. You already have all the skills required. You already have the skills you need.

You can choose the companies that offer the highest pay and benefits. This will allow you to make your own career choices.

But right now, here you are, stuck in either a dead-end job or worse yet, 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. You also need to consider the risks and debts associated with student loans.

But it doesn’t need to be that way.

It’s possible to begin your training in this field in just five weeks. 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. Read on to learn more.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from malicious attacks.
  • It involves protecting the information technology infrastructure and protecting data within it.

Why Companies Think Cybersecurity Is So Important

  • Cybersecurity is crucial because it protects personal data, identities, and identities from being stolen either by hackers, or foreign 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.

  • The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six-years.
  • You have the perfect time to get a career in cybersecurity if you are looking for a career that is always evolving and changing.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 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.
  • It is important to be able to solve problems, be curious about how things work, and pay attention.

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.
  • The average Cyber Security salary ranges between $65,000 (25th percentile) and $145,500 (75th percentile).
  • Entry-level positions typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it hard to get a job working in cybersecurity?

  • It doesn’t always work.
  • 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.
  • A recent survey found that 70% of those in the field believe certifications are the most important training. Only 10% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a master’s.

What are the responsibilities of entry-level people working in Cybersecurity?

You’ll work with computers, as with all IT jobs. A variety of tasks will be performed by you, including:

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

The possibilities are limitless.

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.
  • This is why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation.
  • (Technically, it has been updated to DOD-8140, but that uses the old DOD-8570 chart).
  • 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+.
  • This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government.
  • 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.
  • 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 it matter for cybersecurity?

  • It is a Federal Directive from the Department of Defense that states that all US government agencies need to adhere to certain cybersecurity requirements.
  • 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 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.
  • The problem is that many companies, even those not doing business with the government will, require the same certifications.

What are the pros and disadvantages of a degree versus certifications in cybersecurity?

Which should you get for cybersecurity-A degree or Certifications?

  • A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer.
  • The degree provides a broad range of understanding that can be applied to many different industries but has fewer 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).
  • This is why 70% of cybersecurity workers believe that certifications are essential for their professional development. 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?

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic more people are looking for remote training. However, it is better to take LIVE classes than self-study.
  • The learning experience is better, plus you have the ability to ask questions and see the questions other students are asking
  • Record all classes, so you can easily go back later.
  • If necessary, you should be able repeat the classes at no additional 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 for additional questions if necessary.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get the cybersecurity training and certifications you need in five weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Pro program

Overview

  • Microsoft and CompTIA, internationally recognized industry representatives, created the Cyber Security IT Practitioner program curriculum and hands-on labs.
  • CompTIA developed a curriculum written by some the top technologists and educators in the world to meet Defense Directive 8570.1.
  • 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.
  • 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.

OUR CLASSES FOR THE CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will introduce students to basic software applications and teach them how to set up 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.
  • The course will cover the fundamental principles of database and software development.
  • This course will teach you how to create a home network, and connect mobile devices with the internet.
  • Students will be able to understand security issues that affect network and computer usage.
  • 40 hours (1 week if taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending 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 equip students with the most current computer skills required by computer support professionals. It also demonstrates their ability to become technicians.
  • They will take part in hands-on labs such as installing, configuring, diagnosing, performing preventive maintenance and learning basic networking.
  • This course will teach students how to use PC hardware in business settings, including installing, troubleshooting and replacing components.
  • The course also focuses on supporting and troubleshooting laptops, devices, printers, and smartphones.
  • 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+

  • You will develop specific skills required for implementing basic security services on any type of computer network as you build on your knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems, and networks.
  • By practicing real-world troubleshooting, students will learn how to solve real-world problems in the area of security.
  • 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 remote and live, which means you have a live instructor, making them interactive. However, you can also take them at your home.
  • You have access for six months to virtual labs. This allows you to practice as often and as often as necessary.
  • Any class can be retaken for free after 6 months
  • Included are practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are included.
  • Exam vouchers are also included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Assistance with job placement is provided. Our full-time career services director can help you with your job hunt, including your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. We also have the ability to help you get past the applicant tracking software. We provide training for thousands of employees. Many of them recruit from us, so many of the jobs we have placed people in are not even 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 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. Availability and amounts are based on where you live. If you are eligible, the program can pay up to $15,000 to help you get trained and certified. There are different amounts and availability depending on where you live.

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 Get Started in Cybersecurity Training-No Risk!

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

You still need to repay the loan if you don’t get a job immediately.

You can lose your job if you don’t get it, but still need to pay the bills.

Let’s assume you are granted 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.

What if there were a better way, so you could get the training you need to start this career, but still sleep at night.

Introduce the risk-free option of Income Share Agreements

Income Share Agreements are innovative and debt-free student financing options that help you to start your career in University even if you have no experience. If you are considering starting your career in University, try Income Share Agreements.


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.

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 are not required to pay anything if your earnings fall below the minimum threshold for your 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. You do not pay until your work is completed. 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

Why Should I Train For Cybersecurity?

Over the past six years, the number of cybersecurity jobs has risen by 94%. 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 reports that there are almost 500,000 job positions. For example, the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater job market has over 6,000 open positions. This means cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

Which should you get for cybersecurity-A degree or Certifications?

A cybersecurity degree costs more than a certification and takes longer. The degree provides a broad range of understanding that can be applied to many different industries but has fewer 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). This is why 70% of cybersecurity workers believe that certifications are essential for their professional development. 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 in the United States was $112,974 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 get trained in just 5 weeks?

Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association are globally respected industry leaders. The Cyber Security IT Pro program curriculum and hands on labs were developed by Microsoft and CompTIA 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 Cybersecurity+ and CompTIA Net+ are two of the most important certifications that you’ll need, if you’re new to cybersecurity. This is why: The DOD-8570 regulation is a lesser-known government regulation. (Technically, it has been updated to DOD-8140, but that uses the old DOD-8570 chart). 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+. This certification is required by even companies that are not going to work with the government. 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, let’s find out if you are eligible for a WIOA Grant. This grant can cover the cost of this (yes, it might be free if you qualify!) Call now or book an appointment for us to call you.