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The Value of CompTIA Security+ in TLG Learning’s NDE IT Pre-Apprenticeship 

From small businesses to multinational corporations, every company needs to protect against potential cyber threats. That’s why staying ahead in security isn’t just a priority for businesses—it’s a necessity.  

The demand for skilled professionals who can safeguard systems is always on the rise, and TLG Learning’s Network Development Engineer IT Pre-Apprenticeship program is designed to meet this need by equipping our students with the essential skills required to thrive in the cybersecurity domain. Central to our program is the CompTIA Security+ certification, which provides a robust foundation in cybersecurity principles and practices, ensuring that graduates are well-prepared to protect and defend digital infrastructures. 

Understanding CompTIA Security+ 

CompTIA Security+ is a globally recognized certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue a career in IT security. It is also aligned with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8140, making it a critical certification for IT professionals working within or with government agencies. 

One key area covered by CompTIA Security+ is monitoring and securing hybrid environments — this equips professionals with the skills needed to manage and protect environments that combine on-premises and cloud-based resources. The certification also focuses on implementing identity and access services, which are crucial for managing and securing user identities and access controls. Additionally, risk management best practices are an essential component of CompTIA Security+, teaching professionals how to identify, assess, and mitigate risks effectively. This comprehensive coverage of security topics ensures that certified individuals have a robust understanding of cybersecurity principles and are well-equipped to protect and defend digital infrastructures. 

Integrating CompTIA Security+ into TLG Learning’s Program 

Our Network Development Engineer IT Pre-Apprenticeship is designed to prepare students for job placement through an intensive IT curriculum combined with career preparedness resources. The program covers networking fundamentals, essential Linux skills, Python scripting for network automation, and cloud computing. By integrating the CompTIA Security+ certification into the curriculum, students gain an additional layer of expertise that is highly valued in the industry. This certification complements the existing program modules by providing foundational cybersecurity skills that are essential in today’s networked world. 

A CompTIA Security+ certification ensures that students not only learn how to build and manage networks but also how to secure them. This dual focus on functionality and security gives students a competitive edge in the job market. It opens doors to various roles such as cybersecurity analyst, network engineer, and systems administrator, and serves as a steppingstone for further professional certifications and advancements. CompTIA Security+ is also recognized and respected by organizations worldwide.

Benefits for Students 

Students who obtain the CompTIA Security+ certification as part of their pre-apprenticeship can expect several significant benefits. First, enhanced employability is a key advantage. The certification serves as a testament to an individual’s cybersecurity knowledge and skills, making them more attractive to potential employers. In a competitive job market, having CompTIA Security+ on their resume distinguishes students as qualified and capable cybersecurity professionals. 

Another benefit is the broadened skill set that comes with earning the Security+ certification. The certification covers a wide range of security topics, providing students with a well-rounded understanding of IT security challenges and solutions. This comprehensive knowledge base equips them to handle various cybersecurity issues effectively, making them versatile assets in any IT environment. 

The vendor-neutral knowledge provided by CompTIA Security+ is another critical advantage. Because the certification is not tied to any specific technology or vendor, students learn principles and practices that can be applied across different technologies and systems. This flexibility ensures that they can adapt to various IT environments and roles, increasing their value to potential employers. 

Finally, CompTIA Security+ serves as excellent preparation for advanced certifications. It lays a solid foundation in cybersecurity, making it easier for students to pursue higher-level certifications as they progress in their careers. This steppingstone for continued professional development helps students stay current with evolving cybersecurity trends and advance their expertise over time. 

To learn more about your options with TLG IT Careers, visit our site or schedule a meeting with one of our Educational Consultants to discuss your unique needs and to determine if an IT apprenticeship or IT pre-apprenticeship is right for you!