Cyber Security

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Why IT Security

IT Security is one of the most in demand career opportunities today. The demand for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 job openings, but the supply of certified workers is very weak. This makes IT Security a great pick for anybody looking into get into a career with lots of room to move up the ladder. Almost every day there yet another story about hacking and cyber attacks. The demand is always increasing for businesses, the armed forces 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 why does it matter in your IT Security career? Many jobs have a government requirement: If you are in a job where you could have access to sensitive government information, then you must have at a minimum of one of the certifications listed for that role (see chart). Even companies who do no business with the government are now often requiring these in similar positions.

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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 excellent introduction to the IT Security field and also is normally a far better entry point 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 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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CASP+

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner

CASP+

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 abilities required to create, draft and set up 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 will help you learn to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training immerses you in an interactive setting 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 globally accepted IT Security certification governed and granted by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is probably 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 levels 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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