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.
This is what you need to Succeed
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.
Here are just a few of the most popular certifications that meet the DOD 8570 requirements:
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