Cyber Security

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Why Cyber-Security

IT Security is one of the most lucrative career fields today. The job openings for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 job openings nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the supply of qualified workers is very low. This makes IT Security a great choice for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of potential to move up. Virtually every day there is another story about breaches and cyber attacks. The demand is always increasing for businesses, the military and government agencies–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 impact does this have on your career? Many jobs have a government rule they have to follow: If you are in a position where you could 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 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 much better entry point than hopping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of understanding 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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CASP

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner

CASP+

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can help you be ready for an advanced career in IT Security. This class is intended for professionals who have the expertise and experience needed to conceptualize, 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 thinking and acting like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive situation where you will learn how to examine, analyze, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how hackers widen 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 internationally known CyberSecurity certification overseen and conferred 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 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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