Cyber Security

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Why Cyber-Security

IT Security is one of the best career fields today. The open positions for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 positions that need to be filled nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 job openings, but the supply of qualified workers is very weak. This makes IT Security a great pick for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of room to advance. Virtually every day there are news articles about hacking 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

Here is what you need to Succeed

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and what significance does this have on your career? Many jobs have a legal requirement: If you are in a position where you could have access to sensitive government information, 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 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 way to start than jumping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a powerful 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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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can prepare you for an advanced career in IT Security. This class is intended for professionals who have the expertise and skills required to create, construct 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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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 setting where you will learn how to examine, analyze, hack, and secure your own systems. You will learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure 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 bequeathed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (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 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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