Cyber Security

Why Cyber Security

IT Security is one of the top career opportunities today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the amount of certified workers is very low. This makes IT Security a great pick for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up the ladder. Almost every day there are news articles about breaches and cyber attacks. The need is through the roof for companies, the military and government agencies–at the local, state and federal levels.

Cyber Security Certifications

This is what employers are looking for

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 data, then you are required to have at least 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.

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 exceptional beginning for the IT Security field and also is normally a far 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 move up in your career in the short term as well as the long term future. This also meets the DOD 8570 requirement for IAT Level II and IAM Level I.
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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can prepare you for an advanced career in IT Security. This course is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and abilities needed to plan, devise and conceive 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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Certified Ethical Hacker


Certified Ethical Hacker training teach you to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive environment where you will learn how to scan, investigate, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how hackers 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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Certified Information Systems Security Professional


The CISSP certification is a internationally accepted information security certification overseen and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (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 also have 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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