Cyber Security

Why Cyber Security

IT Security is one of the most in demand career opportunities today. The demand for workers in CyberSecurity is soaring. According to Cyberseek, there are over 550,000 job openings across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 7,000 open positions, but the supply of qualified workers is very small. This makes IT Security a great choice for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to advance. Virtually every day there yet another story about breaches and cyber attacks. The need is through the roof for companies, the armed forces and government bureaucracies–at the local, state and federal levels.

IT 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 legal rule they have to follow: If you are in a job where you could have access to sensitive government data, then you are required to have at a minimum of 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 exceptional introduction to the IT Security field and also is normally a far better way to start 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 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 IT Security. This class is intended for professionals who have the expertise and abilities needed to conceptualize, design and conceive secure solutions. The CASP+ certification also satisfies the qualifications 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 teach you to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training places students in an interactive environment where you will learn how to search, investigate, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how hackers widen 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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CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP

The CISSP certification is a globally known Cyber-Security certification governed and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (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 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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