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

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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Pinellas 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 there was a tremendous demand and far more demand than supply. You already have all the skills required. How good would it be?

You have the option to choose the company that offers you the best salary, benefits, or opportunities to progress in your career.

Now, you are either stuck in a dead-end occupation or worse, out of work. 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. There are also all the risks and debt associated with a student loan.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way:

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 might even be able to do it for free.

You will find all the answers here. 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 refers to the protection of computers and networks against malicious attacks.
  • The practice includes ensuring that information technology infrastructure is protected against disruption while protecting data within a system or network.

What Makes Cybersecurity So 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.

Cybersecurity careers are a good choice.

  • Over the past six year, cybersecurity job openings have increased 94%.
  • The best time to pursue a career within cybersecurity is now.
  • 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 I know if my qualifications are right for cybersecurity work?

  • Technology and cybersecurity are passions that you must be passionate about.
  • You won’t be able work remotely or focus on your job if you aren’t.
  • A problem solver is a must, as well as being curious about the workings of things and paying attention to details.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Average Salary for Cybersecurity Workers

  • As of February 20, 2019, 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 possible to find 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% chose a bachelor’s and 5% chose a master’s.

What does the Cybersecurity job entail for entry-level?

You will be using computers as part of your IT job. You’ll perform a variety of tasks, including:

  • Maintaining and developing computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting problems on the systems that you work on.
  • Systems monitoring for malicious activity, such as viruses or hackers.   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks against computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activities, such as hacking and malware.
  • Conducting tests to determine the security level 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 Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic.
  • Here’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is DOD-8570.
  • Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format.
  • 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 required by even companies that are not going to work with the government.
  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ will require a solid foundation.
  • These certifications will help you get further than a diploma in cybersecurity. You’ll also be able to get there more quickly.
  • You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

What is DOD-8570, and why is it important 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.
  • These terms are also defined and prohibited from being used in 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 ensure DoD information systems are protected against the vulnerabilities of classified and unclassified information.
  • This means that most positions in this field require that you have at least one of these certifications.
  • CompTIA security+ is usually the minimum required.
  • 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?

Degree vs Certifications

  • The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time.
  • The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
  • Employers want to see that you have the right certification.
  • The law also requires you to have the right certification (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% 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?

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many people desire remote training. However you should attend 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
  • The classes should be recorded, so you can review all or part of them later.
  • It should not cost extra to repeat classes if you have any questions.
  • Labs are necessary to provide 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. It is a good idea to have opportunities to practice 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 you need in 5 weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Professional 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 developed a curriculum written by some the top technologists and educators in the world to meet Defense Directive 8570.1.
  • Instruction 8570.1 states that individuals who work in the public sector, government contractors, and military personnel have to be trained in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. This training is required to help strengthen and secure DoD information and networks.
  • Students will learn Cyber Security basics to help protect computers, mobile devices, as well as computer networks.
  • This program teaches students how to install basic security services on computers running Microsoft Operating Systems and networks.

CYBERSECURITY IT PROFESSIONAL CLASSES

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 introduce students to basic database and software development principles.
  • This course will teach you how to create a home network, and connect mobile devices with the internet.
  • 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

  • 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 taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending evening classes)

CompTIA A+

  • The program will provide students with the necessary computer skills to become computer support professionals.
  • 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 covers how to support and troubleshoot smartphones, devices, printers, as well as laptops.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes)

CompTIA Network+

  • This course is intended to teach students how configure TCP/IP client.
  • This course will teach students how to set up, manage and troubleshoot wired and mobile networks.
  • Students will also be able to support emerging technologies such cloud-based computing or virtualization.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if 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 be able to solve real-world security problems by using real-world problem solving.
  • 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

Program Benefits

  • In as little as five weeks, you can finish your training and be job-ready (or 10 weeks if 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 included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Assistance with job placement is provided. 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.
  • Bottom line: you can complete your training in as little as 5 weeks (or 10 weeks if you choose night classes) and be on your way to starting your new career.

Let’s Get Started With Your Cybersecurity Training

Let’s find out if you are eligible for a WIOA Grant. This grant can cover the cost of this (yes, 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 availability and amount of grants will depend on where you are located. If you are eligible, the program can pay up to $15,000 to help you get trained and certified. The amount and availability will vary depending on the county.

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 Start Your Cyber Security Training-Risk-Free!

A student loan is required when you are planning to attend school to learn for a new job. That can work out well for many people, but you need to be aware of the potential pitfalls:

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 do get a job, then get laid off a year later, you have no income but you still have to make payments.

Let’s assume you are granted a deferment. You might not be making payments, but interest keeps accruing in the meantime. You owe more now than you did when you first started paying.
If you are in an accident and go for an extended time without work, your debt increases even further because of this interest.

The loan follows you around forever until it is paid off.
Everyone knows someone who has struggled 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 of Income Share Agreements

Income Share Agreements are innovative and debt-free student financing options that help you to start your career in Pinellas County even if you have no experience. Consider Income Share Agreements if you’re thinking of starting a career in Pinellas County.


There is no up-front cost and no risk of money down. In exchange for training and a fixed percentage of your salary, the income share agreement requires that you only work for at least the minimum income threshold.

This is a risk free option that can be used to introduce yourself to cybersecurity.

Your debt is not subject to interest. This means that you don’t owe anything more if it takes longer for you to get a job, and you don’t owe anything more if your job is lost and you have to go without paying for a while.

You are not required to pay anything if your earnings fall below the minimum threshold for your program.

Because we are confident in our results, we offer an income share agreement that is completely risk-free. You do not pay until your work is completed. You might ask other schools to offer this option.

A phone interview is required to see if this is right for you.

See if you qualify–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 looking for a career in cybersecurity, now is the right time. Cybersecurity is an expanding industry that offers many different job opportunities and great career prospects. Cyberseek says there are almost 500k job openings. 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.

Degree vs Certifications

The cost of a cybersecurity degree is higher than a certification, and it takes more time. The degree is more general and can be applied to many industries. However, it requires less practical skills.
Employers want to see that you have the right certification. The law also requires you to have the right certification (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% of respondents said they had a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while 5% said they had a combination.

What is the Average Income in Cybersecurity?

On February 20, 2021, the average salary for cybersecurity professionals in the United States stood at $112,974 The average cybersecurity salary ranges between $65,000 (25%%) and $145,000 (15%). (75th%) Entry levels typically have lower salaries but offer exceptional work opportunities with greater responsibility and higher mobility.

How can I finish the training in just five weeks?

Our Cyber Security IT Professional program is designed to do just that. The curriculum and hands-on labs are developed by Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) – globally recognized industry representatives.

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’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is DOD-8570. Although technically it has been updated as DOD-8140, the chart used the DOD-8570 old format. 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 required by even companies that are not going to work with the government. You should be able to get a job if you have these certifications.

How do I start this 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.