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

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and are now working in cybersecurity. The demand for your skills is high, and the supply is low. You already have the skills that employers require. 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.

But right now, here you are, stuck in either a dead-end job or worse yet, unemployed. You may have even tried some classes at the local community colleges, or self-paced learning courses. Or even looked into the degree program at the nearby college which takes at least four years. A student loan can be costly and has additional risks.

However, this doesn’t mean it has to be so.

You can begin training in this field and complete it in five weeks. This is without a student loan, or the risk associated with one. If you are unemployed, you may be able to do it at no cost to you.

You will find all the answers here. Read on to learn more.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why look at a Cybersecurity career?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity refers to the protection of computers and networks against malicious attacks.
  • Cybersecurity is the protection of information technology infrastructure against disruption, as well as data within a system and network.

Why Is Cybersecurity Important?

  • Cybersecurity is essential because it protects identities and information from being stolen by hackers and foreign governments.
  • It’s more difficult than ever to keep your computer safe with cybercrime increasing.
  • 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.

Why start a career in Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity job openings increased by 94% in 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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of job openings in the cybersecurity field will be equal to or greater than the number of new workers entering the field each year.
  • So cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

How can you tell if you are a good candidate for cybersecurity work?

  • 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.
  • Also, you should be a problem solver, curious about how things work, as well a detail-oriented person.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Average Cybersecurity Salary

  • The average salary of cybersecurity professionals in the United States was $112,974 at January 17, 2022.
  • Cybersecurity average salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $145,000. (75th%)
  • Entry-level positions generally have lower pay, but a qualified work position opportunity with upward mobility and increased responsibility.

Is it easy to get a job in cybersecurity?

  • But 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 survey, 70% of cybersecurity professionals believe that certifications are the most important training. Only 10% chose a bachelor’s and 5% chose a master’s.

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

You will be using computers as part of your IT job. You will perform many tasks including:

  • The development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting problems on the systems that you work on.
  • Systems monitoring for malicious activity, such as viruses or hackers.   
  • Preventing and investigating cyberattacks on computers, networks, and other devices.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activity, such as hacking, malware, or viruses.
  • Run tests to assess the security of computer systems within an organization.

The possibilities are endless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to get hired 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 by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart.
  • The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required.
  • This certification is requested by companies even if they will not work for the government.
  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are prerequisites. You will need to have a solid foundation in order to take those courses.
  • These certifications will take you far beyond a degree in cybersecurity without certifications. Plus, you’ll be able get there much faster.
  • You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

What is DOD-8570, and why is it important in cybersecurity?

  • This federal directive is issued by the Department of Defense (DOD). It specifies that all US government agencies must adhere to specific cybersecurity requirements in order to protect 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 was to protect DoD information systems from potential vulnerabilities of classified or unclassified information.
  • This means that for many positions in this industry, you will need to have at least one certification.
  • CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum.
  • It has become a common occurrence that copycats of government-related companies require the same certifications required by the ones who have to.

What are the pros and cons of a Degree versus Certifications in Cybersecurity?

Degree vs Certifications

  • A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much 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).
  • According to Information Week’s Dark Reading salary survey, 70% said that certifications are the most important training for their careers. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What Should Cybersecurity Training Look Like?

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many people desire remote training. However you should attend live classes rather 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.
  • The classes should be repeatable if necessary at no additional cost.
  • Labs are necessary to provide hands-on practice. The more often you can do the labs, the better you will understand and remember the concepts
  • You should have practice exams to ensure that you are fully prepared for the exam. You should have the opportunity to study with your instructor for the exam.
  • Instructors should be available to answer further questions when needed.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get cybersecurity training in 5 weeks – The Cybersecurity IT professional 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 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.
  • In this program, students learn the basics of Cyber Security so that they can protect computers, mobile devices, and computer networks.
  • In this program, students will learn how to implement basic security services on computers and networks running Microsoft Operating Systems.

OUR COURSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will introduce students to basic software applications and teach them how to set up a computer workstation.
  • 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 (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for 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 (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA A+

  • This program will teach students the latest computer skills needed by computer support professionals, proving their readiness to be technicians.
  • Students will be able to perform basic networking and install, configure, diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform preventive maintenance.
  • Students who take this course will also handle PC hardware in a business setting, such as installing, troubleshooting, and replacing components.
  • The course also covers the support and troubleshooting of smartphones, tablets, printers, laptops, and other devices.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines 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.
  • 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 increase your knowledge about operating systems and computers, you will be able to implement basic security services on any kind of computer network.
  • 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

  • Your training can be completed and you will be ready for work in five weeks (or less if night classes are taken).
  • Classes are live remote, meaning you have a live instructor so the classes are interactive, but you can take them from home.
  • You will have unlimited access to virtual labs for 6 months.
  • You can retake any class for free within six months
  • These exams can be used as practice.
  • Exam Crams can be included.
  • Exam vouchers can be purchased.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • We offer job placement assistance. 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. Training is provided for thousands of employees. Many of them recruit from us, so many of the jobs we have placed people in are not even advertised.
  • You can finish your training in just 5 weeks, or 10 weeks if your choose night classes. Then you are ready to start your new career.

Let’s Get Started With Your Cybersecurity Training

Let’s see if you qualify for a WIOA Grant that could pay for this for you (yes, that means 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. The amount and availability of the grant depend 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. The availability and amount of this program vary by county.

We can help you can apply for this grant if you are eligible. It will pay for the training that you need to help you advance 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. 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 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. 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.
You can make your debt even higher if you’re in an accident or go without work for a long time.

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.

Income Share Agreements are a risk-free alternative

Income Share Agreements, which are innovative and free from debt, allow you to launch your career in San Antonio. You might consider Income Share Agreements when you start your career here.


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.

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 don’t succeed, and you don’t have to work until you get paid. You might ask other schools to offer this option.

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, the number of cybersecurity jobs has risen by 94%. 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 estimates that there are nearly 500,000 job opportunities. There are more than 6,000 job opportunities in the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater area, for example. This means that cybersecurity professionals need to be available at all times.

Degree vs Certifications

A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much 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). According to Information Week’s Dark Reading salary survey, 70% said that certifications are the most important training for their careers. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

How Much Can I Earn In A Cybersecurity Career?

On February 20, 2021, the average cybersecurity professional salary in America was $112974. The average cybersecurity salary ranges between $65,000 (25%%) and $145,000 (15%). (75th%) Entry-level jobs typically offer lower salaries, but great work opportunities and greater 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 hired as a Cybersecurity professional 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 by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart. The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data. CompTIA Security+ usually is the minimum certification required. This certification is requested by companies even if they will not work for the government. You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

How do I get started for my cybersecurity training?

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.