Cyber Security

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Why Cyber-Security

Cyber-Security is one of the most in demand career opportunities today. The demand for workers in CyberSecurity is soaring. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the supply of qualified workers is very low. This makes Cyber-Security a great choice for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to advance. Almost every day there is news about breaches and cyber attacks. The need 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

This is what employers are looking for

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and what impact does it have on your career? Many jobs have a government requirement: If you are in a job where you could have access to sensitive government information, then you are required to have at a minimum of one of the certifications listed for that role (see chart). Even companies who never do 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 introduction to the Cyber-Security field and also is normally a much better entry point than plowing right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a powerful foundation of understanding 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 Cyber-Security. This class is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and experience needed to plan, devise and set up secure solutions. The CASP+ certification also satisfies 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 will help you learn to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive situation where you will learn how to check, investigate, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how intruders 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 internationally known IT Security certification governed and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is probably the most desired certification for Cyber-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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