Cyber Security

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Why Cyber-Security

IT Security is one of the most in demand career opportunities today. The open positions for workers in CyberSecurity is growing. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 positions that need to be filled nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 job openings, but the supply of qualified workers is very low. This makes IT Security an ideal choice for anybody looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up. Almost every day there is another story about breaches and cyber attacks. The need is soaring for companies, the military and government bureaucracies–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 why does it matter in your IT Security 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 a minimum of one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even companies who do no 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 excellent introduction to the IT Security field and also is normally a far better way to start than jumping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of knowledge 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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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 class is intended for professionals who have the knowledge 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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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 places students in an interactive setting where you will learn how to scan, test, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how hackers escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to protect 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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CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP

The CISSP certification is a globally accepted information security certification overseen and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is probably 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 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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