In today’s digital world, every business owner needs to keep their computer networks safe and secure from hackers. That’s why cybersecurity career pathways are becoming one of the most sought-after professional opportunities globally.
In 2022 alone, businesses lost $4.35 million due to cyber crimes. It pays to have someone on staff to create and implement procedures that limit the risk and address any situations that may occur. If that trained professional has experience in the U.S. Armed Forces, it’s even better.
For professionals looking to enter the tech field, a cybersecurity career path makes sense. Since the risks and technology are constantly changing, working in cybersecurity also demands constantly learning new skills and understanding of how to address issues.
The cybersecurity pathway is a professional track that starts with the fundamentals of cybersystems and stacks skills and certifications for a career with upward mobility during service in the U.S. Armed Forces and afterward in civilian life.
Thanks to U.S. Department of Defense Credentialing Assistance grants, eligible enlisted servicemen and servicewomen can receive up to $4,000 each year for classes, materials, exam fees and more to make this cybersecurity career pathway a reality.
Like anything complex you want to master, cybersecurity involves many different skills. This education builds upon itself, allowing you to enhance your resume and apply for even better-paying jobs in cities throughout the country.
A common cybersecurity career path starts with certification in Network+, then Security+, and then CYSA+.
When you complete training and pass the CompTIA Network+ exam, you’ll be qualified to work as an IT network technician. Through the MedCerts Network+ online program, the process takes about three to six months and costs $4,000.
You’ll learn the basics of managing network infrastructure, how to install wireless and wired networks, troubleshooting and much more. This is the foundation on which you can grow your career.
Once you’ve gained the skills covered in the Network+ class, you’re ready to add the CompTIA Security+ certification to your resume. This qualifies you to work as a network security professional. You’ll be job-ready in three to six months, and the course (including materials and exam fees) costs $4,000.
With this training, you’ll be able to identify and mitigate security risks, implement disaster recovery procedures and understand the complex nature of cyberattacks. This can be the next step in your cybersecurity career pathway.
Next, you can register for certification training in CompTIA CySA+, which will prepare you to work as a cybersecurity analyst. This high-level professional has the skills to create a strategic approach to security analytics and intrusion detection and response.
The program costs $4,000 and takes about three to six months until you're prepared to take your career to the next level.
Enlisted personnel often need remote learning opportunities to embark on their career pathways, and MedCerts is an approved Army Credentialing Assistance vendor. This means you’ll be able to work with academic advisors who understand your circumstances and can assist you in your career goals every step of the way.
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Mickey is a Platoon Leader for the Nevada Army National Guard and has been serving since September 2019. He joined the Army in an act of “now or never” as he neared his 30th birthday and had always dreamed of serving. Mickey is also an ASVAB coach and uses his education background to assist other soldiers through Gamonal Tutors.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and spent two and a half years in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps. He joined MedCerts in January 2020 and uses his combined Army and education experience to help soldiers take advantage of their Army Credentialing Assistance funding to pursue career training.
Mickey lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife Sheena, who he considers his “rock”, and enjoys teaching snowboarding in his free time. He also has completed MedCerts Project Management program and hosts the ASVAB Domination podcast.