Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

IT Security is one of the best career opportunities today. The open positions for workers in CyberSecurity is very high. 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 a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of potential to move up. Virtually every day there yet another story about hacking and attacks. The demand is always increasing for businesses, the armed forces 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 why does it matter in your IT Security career? Many jobs have a government rule they have to follow: If you are in a job where you could have access to sensitive government information, then you must have at least 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 jobs.

DOD 8570 chart

Here are just a few of the most popular certifications that meet the DOD 8570 requirements:

CompTIA Security+

The most popular entry-level certification

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an exceptional beginning for the IT Security field and also is normally a far better way to start than hopping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a powerful foundation of knowledge 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 help you be ready for an better career in IT Security. This certification is intended for professionals who have the expertise and abilities required to conceptualize, design and engineer secure solutions. The CASP+ certification also meets the requirements 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 environment where you will learn how to examine, test, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how intruders expand 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 world-wide accepted IT Security certification governed and bequeathed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is likely the most sought after 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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