Cyber Security

Why Cyber-Security

IT Security is one of the most lucrative career opportunities today. The open positions for workers in CyberSecurity is growing. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 positions that need to be filled nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the supply of certified workers is very small. This makes IT Security a perfect pick for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up the ladder. Virtually every day there yet another story about hacking and cyber attacks. The demand is soaring for companies, the armed forces and government agencies–at the local, state and federal levels.

IT Security Certifications

Here 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 legal rule they have to follow: If you are in a job where you might have access to sensitive government information, then you must have at least one of the certifications listed for that role (see chart). Even businesses who do no 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:

IT Security Classes

CompTIA Security+

The most popular entry-level certification

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an ideal beginning for the IT Security career and also is normally a much better way to start than jumping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong 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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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can help you be ready for an better career in IT Security. This class is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and abilities needed to conceptualize, 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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Certified Ethical Hacker


Certified Ethical Hacker training will help you learn to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training places you in an interactive setting where you will learn how to scan, test, hack, and defend your own systems. You will learn how infiltrators escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to defend 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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Certified Information Systems Security Professional


The CISSP certification is a world-wide recognized CyberSecurity certification governed 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 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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