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How to Get into Cybersecurity with No Experience in 2024 

In a landscape where technology plays a role in many aspects of our lives, security has become a major topic of concern. Cybersecurity is a critical field involved in safeguarding digital assets and privacy. If you’re someone who has an interest in getting into cybersecurity but are unsure where to start, this article is for you. We’ll walk you through the basics of finding your way into the field and discovering useful resources that will get you to your end goal without a formal degree.  

What Is Cybersecurity? 

Cybersecurity involves protecting computer systems, networks, and data from unauthorized use, access, attacks, and damage. It encompasses a wide range of strategies, best practices, and knowledge designed to safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of information in the digital world.  

For those looking to enter the field of cybersecurity, understanding the basics is the first step. Once you have gained knowledge about networks, operating systems, and code, you’ll have the groundwork in place for a successful career.  

How to Get into Cybersecurity Without a Degree 

While a traditional degree is a popular path for those looking to pursue cybersecurity, this is not the only viable route out there. Many successful professionals have entered this field by carving out their own paths through alternative routes. Here are some practical tips we have when it comes to breaking into cybersecurity without a degree: 

Foundational Knowledge 

The journey begins with a solid understanding of networking, operating systems, and basic programming languages. These are concepts that you’ll carry with you throughout your entire career, so it is important to create a strong foundation for these essential cybersecurity concepts. 

Hands-On Practice 

Practical experience is invaluable in the technology world. Try out different tools and techniques and take whatever opportunities you can to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting.  

Certifications 

Industry-recognized certifications are a powerful way to validate your skills to potential employers. Earning a few of these certificates is a great starting point for those without a formal degree. Not only do they demonstrate your competence in cybersecurity topics but also your commitment to the field.  

Portfolios 

Showcase your skills by keeping a record of your projects and experiences. Create an online presence that highlights what you’ve worked on and use it as an opportunity to build your network and reach out to other professionals in the tech space.  

Training Programs 

Take advantage of cybersecurity training programs that help you fast track your learning in a classroom setting without the need for irrelevant classes. These programs aim to support you in various ways, including imparting comprehensive knowledge, offering hands-on experience, and facilitating connections with cybersecurity professionals. 

Learn more about how to become a Cybersecurity Specialist here. 

Cybersecurity Training Programs  

While self-paced learning is a valuable skill to have when pursuing a career in cybersecurity, structured training programs provide an immersive experience that takes your knowledge and experience to the next level.  

Centriq’s Cloud and Security Specialist Program (CSSP) offers comprehensive, hands-on learning experiences in a technology focused setting.  

Our cybersecurity training program offers a structured curriculum in a flexible classroom setting – join us  on campus or virtually from the comforts of your home. Our cutting-edge curriculum covers a range of topics from the basics to more advanced concepts. No prior knowledge is needed, and you’ll gain a thorough understanding of cybersecurity by the time you graduate.  

Hands-on labs and real-world simulations ensure that you’re training for the job you’re after. These practical exercises allow you to apply your newly gained knowledge in a controlled environment, providing you with valuable experiences that are directly relevant to your new role.  

We’re focused on getting you into your next career. Our program excels at preparing students for important certifications like the CompTIA Security+ or Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification. Earning these certifications not only validates your skills but also enhances your credibility when you enter the job market. These global certifications are just a few that are specially looked at by defense organizations and demonstrate your ability to tackle complex technology responsibilities.  

Finally, a cybersecurity training program provides a unique opportunity to connect with industry experts, like-minded individuals, and potential employers. You’ll step into your courses with a cohort of students dedicated to achieving similar goals. We equip you with the hard and soft skills needed to strengthen your resume. When the time comes to begin your search, our Career Services division is here to connect you to jobs with companies in our Employer Network.  

Your Cybersecurity Journey Begins Now 

The key to success as you make your way to your first role in cybersecurity lies in dedication, continuous learning, and hands-on practice. By understanding the fundamentals and honing your skills, you’ll build a successful career in cybersecurity without the need for a formal degree.  

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CSSP-I: Cloud & Security Specialist Program (In-Person Modality)
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FSCP-I: Full Stack Coding Program (In-Person Modality)
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Please note that Centriq will be closed on the following observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
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If you don't see the Cohort Start date you are looking for don't forget to check out our online instructor-led calendar.
CSSP-I: Cloud & Security Specialist Program (In-Person Modality)
CSSP-V: Cloud & Security Specialist Program (Live Virtual Modality)
FSCP-I: Full Stack Coding Program (In-Person Modality)
FSCP-V: Full Stack Coding Program (Live Virtual Modality)
Please note that Centriq will be closed on the following observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
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12/30/24-1/3/25
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If you don't see the Cohort Start date you are looking for don't forget to check out our online instructor-led calendar.
CSSP-I: Cloud & Security Specialist Program (In-Person Modality)
CSSP-V: Cloud & Security Specialist Program (Live Virtual Modality)
FSCP-I: Full Stack Coding Program (In-Person Modality)
FSCP-V: Full Stack Coding Program (Live Virtual Modality)
Please note that Centriq will be closed on the following observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.