Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

Cyber-Security is one of the most in demand career opportunities today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is soaring. According to Cyberseek, there are over 550,000 positions that need to be filled across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 7,000 open positions, but the supply of qualified workers is very low. This makes Cyber-Security a great choice for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of potential to advance. Almost every day there is another report about hacking and attacks. The demand is soaring for businesses, the military and government agencies–at the local, state and federal levels.

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Cyber-Security Certifications

This is what you need to Succeed

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and what significance does it have on your career? Many jobs have a government requirement: If you are in a position where you might have access to sensitive government information, then you are required to 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 positions.

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 beginning for the Cyber-Security career and also is normally a much better way to start than hopping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of knowledge to start off– 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 prepare you for an better career in Cyber-Security. This class is intended for professionals who have the know-how and experience needed to plan, devise and conceive secure solutions. The CASP certification also meets 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 thinking and acting like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive situation where you will learn how to check, investigate, hack, and defend your own systems. You will learn how infiltrators escalate 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 administered and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is likely the most desired 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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