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

Play Video

We also serve the following locations: Manhattan, Sunrise, Lincoln, Sheridan, Southern Pines, Plainfield, Eldorado, Palm Bay, Mira Mar, Riverside

Leave A Review

Please be kind and leave a review
Nobody yet left a rating. Be first?
Click a star to add your rating
Leave a Review

5.0 Rating From 2 Reviews.
on 17, Sep 2021
Lots of great information!
Michael
on 17, Sep 2021
“I was “early retired” by the corporation I had worked for, for 18 years and was still going strong. There was no reason other than I already knew when you approach age 55 you could expect the “offer”. I happened to meet a … (Dewey) at a job fair and that started a relationship wherein I took a couple of classes and gained one certification which was critical in my job search. After 18 months I landed my dream job in IT with the VA national office due to that certification!! I am forever grateful to the services for the unemployed especially veterans of which I am one. Bravo zulu!!”
Tim

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

Play Video

Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and could be a cybersecurity expert. The demand is so high that it outstrips the supply. You already have the skills that employers require. How good would it 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.

But right now, here you are, stuck in either a dead-end job or worse yet, 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.

But it doesn’t need to be that way.

It is possible to start your training and have it completed in as little as five weeks. It may be possible to complete the training for free if you are unemployed.

You’ll find all the answers in this article. Just continue reading to find out how.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why look at a Cybersecurity career?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity means protecting computer systems and networks against malicious attack.
  • Cybersecurity is the protection of information technology infrastructure against disruption, as well as data within a system and network.

Why Companies Think Cybersecurity Is So Important

  • Cybersecurity is important because it protects our identities, information, and personal data from being stolen by hackers or foreign governments.
  • It’s becoming more difficult to remain secure with the rise in cybercrime.
  • 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 is a great career choice.

  • The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six-years.
  • The best time to pursue a career within cybersecurity is now.
  • 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.
  • There should always be a demand to hire cybersecurity professionals.

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

  • Technology, in particular cybersecurity, requires passion.
  • If you don’t have this passion, you will not be able to work remotely while focusing on the job.
  • You should also be a good problem solver, be curious about how things work, and have good attention to detail.

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 positions typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it possible to find a job in cybersecurity?

  • But 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.
  • According to a recent survey, 70% of cybersecurity professionals believe that 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 is the job of an entry-level Cybersecurity worker?

As with any IT job, you’ll be working with computers. You’ll be responsible for a range of tasks, such as:

  • Maintaining and developing computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting the problems in the systems you are using.
  • Systems monitoring for malicious activity, such as viruses or hackers.   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks on computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activity, such as hacking, malware, or viruses.
  • Running tests to determine security levels in computer systems within an enterprise.

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 Cybersecurity+ and CompTIA Net+ are two of the most important certifications that you’ll need, if you’re 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.
  • Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+.
  • This certification is requested by companies even if they will not work for the government.
  • 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.
  • These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

What is DOD-8570 and why does this matter 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, 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+ is the minimum requirement.
  • 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 benefits and drawbacks of a Cybersecurity Degree versus Cybersecurity Certifications?

What gets you a job faster in cybersecurity-a degree or certifications

  • The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time.
  • 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 have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What should cybersecurity training look like?

  • More people want remote training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you should take 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.
  • It should not cost extra to repeat classes if you have any questions.
  • Labs should be available for you to practice the concepts in a hands-on setting. You will learn and retain the concepts better if you do them more often.
  • There should be practice exams so you can make sure you are ready before taking the exams. Ideally, there should also be chances to cram for the exam with the instructor.
  • Instructors should be available to answer additional questions as needed.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get the cybersecurity training you need in 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 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.
  • Directive 8570.1 requires individuals working in the private sector, government contractors or military personnel to receive training in Cyber Security and Information Assurance in order to strengthen and protect DoD information, information 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

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.
  • Students will be introduced to the basics of database design and software development.
  • 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 (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

Microsoft 40032 Network And Security Fundamentals

  • This course allows participants to learn the skills and information necessary for performing day-to-day functions pertaining to Advanced Network Infrastructures, Network Hardware, Protocols and Services, Security Layers, Windows 10 Operating System Security, Advanced Network Security, New Security Software and addresses new security threats.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes).

CompTIA® A+

  • The program will provide students with the necessary computer skills to become computer support professionals.
  • 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 focuses on supporting and troubleshooting laptops, devices, printers, and smartphones.
  • 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.
  • 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+

  • 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.
  • Students will gain real-world experience in solving security problems.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take 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).
  • Live remote classes allow you to interact with a live instructor while you are at 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 are included.
  • Exam vouchers are also included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • We offer job placement assistance. 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 are recruiters from us. Many of the jobs we have placed people into are not even 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? A little-known federal grant program can help you get certified, trained and placed in your chosen career. Availability and amounts are based on where you live. If you qualify, this program can pay up to $15,000 to get trained, certified, and then get help getting placed in your career. 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 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.

Here’s the problem: You are the one taking on all the risk.

If you are unable to get a job, you will still have to repay the loan.

If you get a job and then are laid off one year later, you will have no income, but you still have payments.

Let’s say you get a deferment. While you might not be paying any payments, interest continues to accrue. That means by the time you can start paying, you owe more than when you started.
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.

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.

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 Hillsborough County, are innovative options for student financing that are debt-free. If you are considering starting your career in Hillsborough County, try Income Share Agreements.


There is no up-front cost and no risk of money down. 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.

You don’t owe any 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 don’t have any obligation to pay anything if you make less than the minimum threshold, which varies depending on the 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. We do not succeed and you do not pay until you are working. You might ask other schools to offer this option.

For you to determine if this is the right job for you, we will need to speak with your phone.

See if you qualify–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’re interested in a career that is always changing and evolving, the perfect time is now to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is an expanding industry that offers many different job opportunities and great career prospects. Cyberseek estimates that there are nearly 500,000 job opportunities. Over 6,000 job openings are available in Tampa/ St.Petersburg/ Clearwater, for instance. This means that cybersecurity professionals need to be available at all times.

What gets you a job faster in cybersecurity-a degree or certifications

The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time. 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 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 roles typically have lower wages but offer more opportunities for growth and responsibility.

How can I get trained in just 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 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 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. Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+. This certification is requested by companies even if they will not work for the government. These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

How do I get started for my cybersecurity training?

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 today or make an appointment for us to call you.