Take a Tour of Our 12-Week IT Security Specialist Program — MedCerts

IT security specialists are in high demand. Now that 2020 has broken numerous records for cyber-attacks and with new threats developing all the time, companies need qualified professionals to keep their networks safe.

Security specialists have the technical expertise to safeguard various kinds of networks and operating systems. There’s an ongoing need for professionals with this up-to-date industry knowledge, and MedCerts’s IT security specialist program can help you to develop it.

Developing and Learning Skills

The IT Security Specialist program is designed for students with some experience in network configuration and security. In the program, students learn how to:

  • ‌Configure operating systems and workstations for maximum security

  • ‌Develop recovery procedures to implement in case of a breach

  • Evaluate security risks and identify threats to software, hardware, and location

  • ‌‌Introduce best-practice authentication and access controls

  • Reduce the risk profile for systems and individual components

‌Students explore these skills through expert-led video coursework that includes participatory elements, interactive exercises and game-based learning.

Curriculum and Credentialing

Over the course of 12 weeks, students in the program complete two six-week courses:

  • ‌Security+. Includes foundations of network and organizational security, along with the core knowledge necessary for higher-level study.

  • Microsoft Office Series III. Includes the uses and applications of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Visio, OneDrive, and Skype.

Once you complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply for the CompTIA Security+ certification, which confirms your qualifications for a network security position. You can also use it as a stepping stone to pursue more advanced certifications.

Costs and Financing

The program costs $2,300 out of pocket. There is financing available for those who qualify. Depending on your needs and circumstances, you could pay as little as $199 a month with $230 down.

The IT Security Specialist program is also an approved option through several workforce development grants, including the MyCAA scholarship program for military spouses and Army COOL credentialing assistance for active duty service members.

Who Is It For?

The IT Security Specialist program is best for students with a CompTIA Network+ certification or two years of IT administration experience with a focus on security.

If you don’t have the requisite experience, don’t worry. MedCerts has a variety of stackable programs that can help you work your way up, starting with the three-week Fundamentals of IT program.

What to Expect

As a student in MedCerts’s program, you receive expert instruction and ongoing support. Student success advisors are available on-demand throughout your journey and exam prep resources are available to help you reach your certification goal.

The starting salary for someone with the Security+ certification averages around $30,000. Once you gain some experience, you can expect to earn closer to $76,000, depending on your overall skill set and where you work.

Getting Started

There are more than 9,000 entry-level IT security specialist jobs available in the US today, and the field is expected to grow by 28.5% over the next decade.

The IT Security Specialist program from MedCerts can help you to qualify for one of these jobs by teaching you how to prevent, screen for, and respond to network security threats. To get started, speak with a MedCerts education consultant.

Written by MedCerts Team
Published on April 19, 2021