Cyber Security

Why IT Security

IT Security is one of the top career opportunities today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. 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 certified workers is very weak. This makes IT Security a great pick for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up. Almost every day there are news articles about breaches and cyber attacks. The need is always increasing for businesses, the armed forces and government bureaucracies–at the local, state and federal levels.

IT Security Certifications

This is what you need to Succeed

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and what impact 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 a minimum of one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even employers who never do business with the government are now often requiring these in similar roles.

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 exceptional introduction to the IT Security field and also is normally a far better entry point than plowing 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 higher level career in IT Security. This certification is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and skills needed to conceptualize, draft and conceive 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 teach you to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training places you in an interactive situation where you will learn how to examine, test, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how infiltrators expand privileges and what steps can be taken to protect 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 world-wide known CyberSecurity certification overseen and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is likely the most needed certification for IT Security 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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