Cyber Security

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Why Cyber-Security

CyberSecurity is one of the top career fields today. The job openings for workers in CyberSecurity is growing. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the amount of qualified workers is very weak. This makes CyberSecurity an ideal pick for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of potential to move up. Almost every day there are news articles about hacking and attacks. The demand is always increasing for businesses, the armed forces and government bureaucracies–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 why does it matter in your CyberSecurity career? Many jobs have a legal requirement: If you are in a position where you might have access to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even businesses who never do business with the government are now often requiring these in similar jobs.

DOD 8570 chart

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

Cyber-Security Classes

CompTIA Security+

The most popular entry-level certification

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an exceptional introduction to the CyberSecurity field and also is normally a far better way to start than plowing right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of knowledge that you can build on– helping you advance 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 CyberSecurity. This course is intended for professionals who have the expertise and skills required to plan, draft and conceive secure solutions. The CASP+ certification also satisfies the requirements 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 search, analyze, hack, and defend your own systems. You will learn how infiltrators expand privileges and what steps can be taken to defend 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 globally known Cyber-Security certification governed and granted by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is likely the most desired certification for CyberSecurity management positions. There are two leveles, CISSP Associate and CISSP. To get the full CISSP certification, you must meet the experience requirements. Both the CISSP and CISSP Associate 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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