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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Hillsborough County 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 in cybersecurity, where the demand for your skills was through the roof, far outstripping the supply. You already have the skills that employers require. How good would it be?

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’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.

There are ways to get started in this field without any student loans or other risks. You can complete your training in 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 is the protection and security of computer networks and systems from malicious attacks.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. 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 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.
  • You should also be a good problem solver, be curious about how things work, and have good attention to detail.

How much can you make in Cybersecurity

Average Cybersecurity Salary

  • The estimated average annual salary for cybersecurity professionals in the United States is $112,974 as of January 17, 2022.
  • Cybersecurity average salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $145,000. (75th%)
  • Entry-level positions typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it easy to get a job in cybersecurity?

  • It doesn’t always work.
  • 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% 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. You will perform many tasks including:

  • Designing and maintaining computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting system problems
  • Systems monitoring for malicious activity, such as viruses or hackers.   
  • Investigating cyberattacks on computers networks and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet actions such as hacking, malware, viruses.
  • Running tests to determine security levels in computer systems within an enterprise.

The possibilities are limitless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to get hired as a Cybersecurity professional even without a degree

  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic.
  • 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).
  • It states that if you are in a position where you might be exposed to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications they have listed for that position.
  • Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 for many positions in this industry, you will need to have at least one certification.
  • 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

  • While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more.
  • 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 & 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.
  • You should record the classes so that you can go back and review them later.
  • If necessary, you should be able repeat the classes at no additional charge.
  • Labs should be available for you to practice the concepts in a hands-on setting. The more you practice the labs, you’ll be able to better understand and remember the concepts.
  • 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 and certifications you need in five weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Pro 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.
  • 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

  • Students will be introduced to the basics of software and taught how to set up a computer station.
  • This course will show students how computers work and the various devices that are contained within them. Students will also learn how to support and maintain their computer systems.
  • Students will be introduced to the basics of database design and software development.
  • Learn how to connect your mobile devices to the internet and set up a home network.
  • Students will gain an understanding of security issues affecting computer and network usage.
  • 40 hours (1 week if taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending evening classes).

Microsoft 40032 Network And Security Fundamentals

  • Participants will learn how to manage day-today functions related to Advanced Network Infrastructures and Network Hardware.
  • 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.
  • They will take part in hands-on labs such as installing, configuring, diagnosing, performing preventive maintenance and learning 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.
  • Students will also be able to support emerging technologies such cloud-based computing or 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.
  • By practicing real-world troubleshooting, students will learn how to solve real-world problems in the area of security.
  • 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

Cyber Security IT Pro Benefits

  • Complete your training and be job-ready in as little as 5 weeks (10 weeks if you take night classes)
  • 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
  • You can also take practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are included.
  • Exam vouchers are also included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Job placement assistance is included. 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 of employees. 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 Start 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.

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!

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.

Here is the problem: you are the one assuming all the risk.

Even if you don’t find a job right away you will still be responsible for 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 suppose you receive a deferment. Although you may not be making any payments, interest is still accruing. That means by the time you can start paying, you owe more than 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.
We all know someone who has had a problem 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: Income share agreements

Income Share Agreements, which are innovative and free from debt, allow you to launch your career in Hillsborough County. If you are considering starting your career in Hillsborough County, try Income Share Agreements.


There is no upfront cost and there is no risk of losing 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.

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. Try asking other schools if they will 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 Train For Cybersecurity?

Over the past six years, cybersecurity jobs have increased 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. Cybersecurity is an expanding industry that offers many different job opportunities and great career prospects. 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. These numbers indicate that cybersecurity professionals must always be in demand.

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

While a certificate is cheaper than a degree in cybersecurity, it takes longer and costs more. 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 Salary in Cybersecurity?

On February 20, 2021, the average salary for cybersecurity professionals in the United States stood at $112,974 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 five 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 a job in Cybersecurity without a degree

CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic. 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). It states that if you are in a position where you might be exposed to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications they have listed for that position. Typically the minimum asked for is CompTIA Security+. 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?

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 or make an appointment today for us to call you.