Cyber Security

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Why IT Security

IT Security is one of the most lucrative career fields today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is growing. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 open positions, but the amount of qualified workers is very low. This makes IT Security a great pick for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of potential to advance. Almost every day there are news articles about breaches and cyber attacks. The demand is always increasing for companies, the armed forces and government agencies–at the local, state and federal levels.

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Cyber-Security Certifications

This is what employers are looking for

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and what impact does it have on your career? Many jobs have a legal requirement: If you are in a role where you could have access to sensitive government data, then you must have at a minimum of one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even employers who do no business with the government are now often requiring these in similar roles.

DOD 8570 chart

Here are just a few of the most popular certifications that meet the DOD 8570 requirements:

Cyber-Security Certifications

CompTIA Security+

The most popular entry-level certification

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an ideal beginning for the IT Security field and also is normally a much better entry point than jumping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of understanding that you can build on– helping you move up in your career in the months as well as years to come. This also meets the DOD 8570 requirement for IAT Level II and IAM Level I.
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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can help you be ready for an advanced career in IT Security. This certification is intended for professionals who have the expertise and experience needed to create, draft and engineer secure solutions. The CASP certification also satisfies the qualifications for DOD 8570 IAT Level III, IAM Level II, as well as IASAE I and II.
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Certified Ethical Hacker


Certified Ethical Hacker training will help you learn to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training places you in an interactive environment where you will learn how to examine, analyze, hack, and guard your own systems. You will learn how hackers expand privileges and what steps can be taken to guard a system. The CEH certification meets the DOD 8570 requirement for the following positions: CNDSP Analyst, CNDSP Infrastructure Support, CNDSP Incident Reporter, and CNDSP Auditor.
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Certified Information Systems Security Professional


The CISSP certification is a world-wide recognized IT Security certification governed and granted by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is probably the most sought after certification for IT Security management positions. There are two leveles, CISSP Associate and CISSP. To get the full CISSP certification, you must also have the experience requirements. Both levels meet the DOD 8570 requirements for IAT Level III, IAM Level II and III, as well as IASAE levels I and II
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