Cybercrime is on the Rise
Train for an IT Cybersecurity Career with Asher!
The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled us further into a digitalized world, turning most physical aspects of our lives into virtual ones. Where we used to gather around conference tables and water coolers, suddenly we huddled in front of our computer screens, “meeting” in the virtual rooms of Zoom or Teams. The world pivoted from in-person to online so rapidly, it was practically overnight, and cybersecurity systems had to scramble to keep up. Networks were essentially not prepared to handle the volume of online activity that exploded as a result of COVID, and there have been some serious implications as a result. Cybercrime has flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world needs experienced IT professionals to keep our cyber-world safe, secure, and functioning properly. At Asher College, we offer IT training programs to teach you the skills and knowledge to fill critically important IT positions.
COVID-19 necessitated a transition to work-from-home policies that occurred essentially overnight. Businesses across the United States, indeed around the world, shifted to a remote workforce, rapidly deploying remote systems and networks to support staff working from home. This transition occurred so quickly, networks were simply not prepared to handle the influx of information and activity, and serious implications for cybersecurity resulted. Increased online dependency created new opportunities for cyber-criminals, who benefited from the fact that many businesses and individuals had not ensured their cyber-defenses were up to date. Cyber-criminals quickly took advantage of increased security vulnerabilities to steal data, generate profits and cause disruption (Interpol, August 2020).
Even as many businesses shift workers back to a traditional workplace, there are many indications that a significant number of workers will continue to work remotely. In this increasingly online world, it is more important than ever that there are skilled, professional IT workers capable of minimizing, mitigating, and managing cybersecurity risks. At Asher College, you can learn the skills you need to be prepared for these critically-important cybersecurity careers.
The CompTIA Security+ certification is both the starting point and the centerpiece for any cybersecurity career. This certification establishes the foundational knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. At Asher, we offer several different IT programs, including programs designed to train students specifically for the CompTIA Security+ Certified Professional certification. Asher’s IT programs that prepare graduates to test for the Security+ Certification include:
- Computer and Network Technician– achievable in as few as 9 months
- Computer Information Specialist – achievable in as few as 10 months
- Network Support Specialist – achievable in as few as 6 months
- Tech Support Specialist – achievable in just over 6 months
In each of these programs, Asher students learn the essentials of PC, network, and cybersecurity. Through hands-on instruction from experienced faculty, students learn the essential principles for network security and risk management. Hands-on experience and first-hand exposure to the IT industry enables students to be competent in performing network threat analysis, configuring network systems to secure applications, and understanding the policies and regulations around network security.
Asher is a CompTIA Academy Partner, and each of these IT programs are designed to train students for CompTIA industry certifications. Graduates of the CNT and CIS programs can earn the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications, a combination that earns the designation of CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist through the CompTIA’s Cybersecurity Career Pathway. Employers, from the government to Fortune 500 companies, value CompTIA as an authority in cybersecurity certifications. Professional certifications such as these are recognized throughout the industry and are highly valued by employers. Earning your CompTIA Security+ certification and a diploma from Asher will demonstrate to employers the level of your dedication, skills, and training.
With Asher College’s IT programs you can get the training to be prepared for a rewarding career in IT cybersecurity. Asher’s courses will ensure you can feel confident about obtaining your certifications and entering the IT field. With campus locations in Sacramento, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Dallas, Texas, Asher can teach you the knowledge and skills you need to pursue rewarding positions in the IT field in less than a year! If you want to make cybersecurity your career, you can make your goals a reality with Asher College. Call or click here to get started today!