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Frequently Asked Questions for Veterans

Are the W2CW Cohorts currently running?

No. At this time all W2CW candidates/students who have applied for the W2CW program can register and attend available cybersecurity courses from the Lunarline School of Cybersecurity (SCS) and take one CCE certification exam per year.

How many seats in each course are set aside for W2CW candidates?

20% of the seats in every Lunarline School of Cybersecurity (SCS) course are set aside for W2CW students/candidates.

What type of courses does W2CW/SCS have?

The Lunarline School of Cybersecurity (SCS) courses give you the skills needed to navigate an increasingly complicated cyber world.

You can view SCS’s course catalog here: https://www.schoolofcybersecurity.com/course-catalog

W2CW candidates and students can register for available SCS courses and CCE certifications by contacting W2CW at contact@w2cw.org

Where is the W2CW schedule posted?

The Lunarline School of Cybersecurity (SCS) courses give you the skills needed to navigate an increasingly complicated cyber world.

You can view SCS’s course schedule here.

W2CW candidates and students can register for available SCS courses and CCE certifications by contacting W2CW at contact@w2cw.org

I was in a previous W2CW cohort, can I still earn a CCE certification?

I am in IT and need to train in Cyber - is W2CW for me?

Yes – we can help you train to make that transition.

Can I send in my DD214 with my W2CW application?

No, for security reasons and to protect your sensitive information, please attach your Service Verification Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs makes validating military service easy. Just follow these steps:

        1. Login to eBenefits
        2. Access your Documents and Records 
        3. Click on VA Letters
        4. Click on Service Verification link
        5. Download and Save file as PDF

Is all of the training online?

Yes, all the training is online and accessible with a basic PC or laptop with internet access.

Do I need any special type of computer or other equipment (like a web cam) to take the training?

You will need a computer with a web cam and internet access. Required equipment will be provided by the program if you do not already have equipment sufficient for program participation.

If I don't have the right computer set up, will someone help me get it?

Yes, during orientation we will supply you with any required hardware and software needed for W2CW™ training and will train you in the use of the equipment and the training environment.

What types of jobs will I be qualified for after graduation from W2CW™?

This program will position you for an entry level commercial or government position as a cybersecurity professional with opportunities for advancement. In industry and government, the most common cybersecurity jobs are those of cybersecurity analysts and cybersecurity specialists. More advanced positions include, cybersecurity managers, system security engineers, forensic analysts, and incident responders. A cybersecurity professional is primarily interested in protecting an organization’s information systems and networks against hackers, spyware, and viruses; a government cybersecurity professional is also concerned with protecting the nation’s security and preventing attacks against our critical infrastructure by adversaries, such as cyber terrorists. 

Do I need to have a college degree to take this training?

No, you do not need a college degree for this training.

How much can I expect to earn after I graduate?

You can expect to earn a starting salary between $50,000 and $75,000 per year.

**These salary expectations are based on current market observations/surveys by region and not a guarantee.

What kind of security clearances do I need and how do I get them?

You do not need a security clearance to complete the program. Many employers will not require a clearance. 

Who will help me if I have questions during the training?

The W2CW™ training coordinators and your appointed peer mentor will be available for any questions.

What is the W2CW™ online community and what will it do for me?

The online community provides you with opportunities to communicate regularly with your fellow students, instructors, and mentor. It also offers access to a number of Veterans’ assistance programs, and individuals such as mental health professionals, financial planners, job counselors, parenting experts and more who are available at your request. 

What if I have to leave the W2CW™ program?

W2CW™ will work with warrior students to determine the best outcome for the student should the student have to leave the program before graduation.

I am on active duty. Do I qualify for W2CW™ training?

Yes – We do accept active duty on retirement orders, those transitioning out of the military within 6 months or being medically transitioned.

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Employers

Must the Employer Internship I provide be paid?

Yes, we prefer our employer partners provide a small stipend to support the student during their internship.

What are the W2CW™ graduates qualified to do?

W2CW™ graduates will exit the training program with a basic level hands-on capability to support an organization with their cyber security requirements and a Security+ certification. These include incident response, deployment and maintenance of the security perimeter, user level cyber security awareness training, identification and remediation of security vulnerabilities, assistance with system certification and accreditation processes, COOP/Recovery Planning, development and maintenance of cyber security policies. Optional skill sets that can be acquired during our program include a certification in privacy. 

What qualifications does a W2CW™ have?

W2CW™ graduates will graduate the program with basic cyber security and privacy protection skills. They will have an understanding of various legislative or regulatory-mandated processes, such as the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Federal Risk Management Framework as defined by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). Students will have acquired the Security+ certification and have the option to acquire the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certification for privacy.

What security clearances does a W2CW™ graduate have?

The W2CW™ program does not include issuance of security clearances for all students. However, some students may have already earned a clearance prior to starting or completing the course.

If I hire a W2CW™ graduate, what are they expecting to be paid? (range)

Starting salaries should be in the $50,000 – $75,000 range depending on location and skill sets.

Warrior to Cyber Warrior™ (W2CW™) is a Not-For-Profit Organization

This program provides Veterans and Active Duty Military with training, certification, and a career path in the growing field of cybersecurity.

 
 
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