Cyber Security

Why Cyber-Security

CyberSecurity is one of the best career opportunities today. The job openings for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 positions that need to be filled across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 job openings, but the supply of qualified workers is very small. This makes CyberSecurity a great pick for anybody looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up the ladder. Virtually every day there is news 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 what impact does it have on your 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 Certifications

CompTIA Security+

The most popular entry-level certification

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an excellent beginning for the CyberSecurity career and also is normally a much better way to start than hopping 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 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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CASP+

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner

CASP

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can prepare you for an higher level career in CyberSecurity. This class is intended for professionals who have the expertise and abilities required to create, draft 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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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 places you in an interactive situation where you will learn how to scan, investigate, hack, and secure your own systems. You will learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure 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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CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP

The CISSP certification is a globally recognized CyberSecurity certification governed and conferred by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is probably the most needed certification for CyberSecurity 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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