Cyber Security

Why Cyber Security

IT Security is one of the best 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 supply of certified workers is very low. This makes IT Security a great pick 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 demand is soaring for companies, the military and government bureaucracies–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 might have access to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications listed for that role (see chart). Even businesses who never do business with the government are now often requiring these in similar roles.

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 much better entry point than plowing 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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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can prepare you for an better career in IT Security. This course is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and abilities needed to plan, construct 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 you in an interactive setting where you will learn how to scan, test, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how hackers escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to protect 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 internationally known information security certification overseen and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is probably the most requested 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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