Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

Cyber-Security is one of the most lucrative career opportunities today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is very high. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 job openings nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the supply of certified workers is very small. This makes Cyber-Security an ideal choice for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of room to move up the ladder. Almost every day there are news articles about breaches and cyber attacks. The demand is always increasing for businesses, the military and government bureaucracies–at the local, state and federal levels.

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IT Security Certifications

This is what employers are looking for

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and why does it matter in your Cyber-Security career? Many jobs have a government rule they have to follow: 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 listed for that role (see chart). Even businesses who never do business with the government are now often requiring these in similar jobs.

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

IT Security Certifications

CompTIA Security+

The most popular entry-level certification

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an excellent introduction to the Cyber-Security field and also is normally a much better way to start 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 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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CASP

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner

CASP+

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can prepare you for an advanced career in Cyber-Security. This certification is intended for professionals who have the expertise and skills needed to conceptualize, draft and set up 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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CEH

Certified Ethical Hacker

CEH

Certified Ethical Hacker training will help you learn to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive environment where you will learn how to scan, 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 these positions: CNDSP Analyst, CNDSP Infrastructure Support, CNDSP Incident Reporter, and CNDSP Auditor.
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CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP

The CISSP certification is a globally recognized IT Security certification governed and conferred by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is probably the most sought after certification for Cyber-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 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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