5 Reasons Why You Should Get IT Certified

You can begin building a career that promises better pay and benefits than you may have now with a certification in Information Technology Systems. It’s a fantastic way to get into an IT career and grow. Here’s why.

  • Certifications are the Key to Your IT Career: Being CompTIA, CISSP, or CISCO certified means that you understand the cutting-edge fundamentals of computer hardware and software.
  • IT Allows You to Go Anywhere: Information technology security is needed world-wide, and allows you to go virtually anywhere! 
  • IT Security is a Great Work-From-Home Career:: Many jobs in IT today do not require employees to work at an office or another specific location anymore.
  • Certification Can Open the Door to Better Pay: Jobs in IT are among the best paying in our time, and there are plenty available, with new ones being created every day.
  • IT Security Leads the Way to a Better Work–Life Balance: Moving from a stressful, physically demanding or unsatisfying career into IT could give your life new meaning.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get IT Certified

You can begin building a career that promises better pay and benefits than you may have now with a certification in Information Technology Systems. It’s a fantastic way to get into an IT career and grow. Here’s why.

  • Certifications are the Key to Your IT Career: Being CompTIA, CISSP, or CISCO certified means that you understand the cutting-edge fundamentals of computer hardware and software.
  • IT Allows You to Go Anywhere: Information technology security is needed world-wide, and allows you to go virtually anywhere! 
  • IT Security is a Great Work-From-Home Career:: Many jobs in IT today do not require employees to work at an office or another specific location anymore.
  • Certification Can Open the Door to Better Pay: Jobs in IT are among the best paying in our time, and there are plenty available, with new ones being created every day.
  • IT Security Leads the Way to a Better Work–Life Balance: Moving from a stressful, physically demanding or unsatisfying career into IT could give your life new meaning.

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Financial Assistance

Our Online Career Training Programs are competitively priced and offer you an exceptional value as you train for your new career.

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Military Spouse?

We know balancing a family is challenging and we want to help you focus on your career too. Webster University is committed to empowering the spouses of those serving our country.

Check out MyCAA and whether you qualify for up to $4000 in tution assistance!

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CompTIA™ Security+ Training

Earn Your CompTIA Cyber Security Certificate

Securing this data is a key role in organizations of every size and type. This creates significant opportunities for professionals who can keep online data safe and private. The CompTIA Security+ certification is considered a global standard for validating cybersecurity skills. This 100% online course will help you master the basics of system security, network infrastructure, access control, and organizational security. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be prepared to take the CompTIA Security+ certification SY0-501 exam.

6 months / 80 Course Hours

Includes Certificate of Completion from Webster University

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CompTIA™ Security+ Training

Self-Paced - Instructor Led

Study on your own schedule
Includes CompTIA Exam Voucher

Job Outlook for CompTIA Network+ Professionals

  • Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. Cyber Defense Magazine predicts a need for 1.8 million new cybersecurity professionals by 2022. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 32% job growth for information security analysts between now and 2028.
  • This is among the BLS’s fastest-growing job categories, a factor the BLS attributes to growth in hacking and attacks on computer and network infrastructure. Growth is expected across every industry, especially those that involve private information such as banks and financial services, healthcare and emerging fields such as vehicle and physical infrastructure systems.
  • Cybersecurity professionals are well-paid. According to PayScale.com, cybersecurity analysts with CompTIA Security+ preparation command salaries above $61,000 per year.

CompTIA Security+ Certificate FAQs

Is The CompTIA Security+ A Good Certification For Starting Out?

Data security firm Netwrix considers the CompTIA Security+ the ideal certification for those entering the cybersecurity field. Although other certifications may offer subject matter and challenges that dive deeper into specific issues that are more appropriate for seasoned professionals, the Security+ certification process and exams fit ideally with the needs of new security professionals.

What Jobs Can I Get With The CompTIA Security+ Certification?

As a certification for entry-level or ground floor career opportunities, CompTIA Security+ certificate holders often work in jobs with titles such as:

  • Junior IT Auditor/ Penetration Tester
  • Security Specialist
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Administrator

What Does The CompITA Security+ Exam Cover?

The Security+ exam is a comprehensive test of your ability to:

  • Install, configure and troubleshoot systems to ensure the security of applications, networks, and devices
  • Detect, analyze and mitigate threats to systems and information
  • Participate in activities that mitigate and address risks to information and devices
  • Be aware of and follow policies, laws, and regulations as applicable
  • Support network operations, information and devices following the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability

Can Cybersecurity Professionals Work Remotely?

Although many cybersecurity jobs require access to highly confidential information including systems configurations, CompTIA notes that many support and user-facing jobs are shifting to a remote or work from home (WFH) basis. Especially given secure connections and reliable protocols, network security may offer opportunities for remote careers.

Course Objectives

  • Perform network design security, risk calculations, penetration testing, and risk management
  • Implement device security, wireless security, static environment security, secure authentication methods, and authorization models
  • Manage attack types, mitigating malware, discovery tools, and security administrative principles
  • Develop the necessary skills for a career as an IA technician, security consultant, information security analyst, or forensic analyst
  • Create an initial understanding of or build upon your existing IT knowledge by exploring computer and network security concepts
  • Prepare to successfully pass the CompTIA Security+ Exam SY0-501
CompTIA™ Security+ Training

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take the course. However, CompTIA recommends having up to two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus for the Security+ exam.

Curriculum

  • SECURITY ATTACKS AND CRYPTOGRAPHY
    Malware and social engineering attacks, basic cryptography
  • SECURITY AND NETWORKING
    Advanced cryptography and PKI, application and networking-based attacks, network security devices, design, and technology
  • SECURING NETWORKS AND CLIENTS
    Administering a secure network, wireless network security, client and application security
  • MOBILE SECURITY AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT
    Mobile and embedded device security, authentication, account and access management
  • BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND RISK MITIGATION
    Vulnerability assessment and data security, backup and recovery, implementing software RAID

Instructor

David Grimes
David Grimes has more than 10 years of management and leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Grimes is passionate about technology and education, having worked as academic dean, student services director, technology coordinator, teacher, consultant, and technology columnist. He holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, both in Technology Education.

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