Why IT Security
CyberSecurity is one of the best career opportunities today. The demand for workers in CyberSecurity is growing. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 open positions, but the amount of certified workers is very weak. This makes CyberSecurity a great choice for a job seeker 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 military and government bureaucracies–at the local, state and federal levels.
Cyber Security Certifications
Here is what employers are looking for
What is the DOD 8570 chart and what significance does it have on your career? Many jobs have a government requirement: If you are in a role where you could have access to sensitive government information, then you are required to 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 positions.
Here are just a few of the most popular certifications that meet the DOD 8570 requirements:
Cyber Security Certifications
The most popular entry-level certification
CompTIA Security+ training provides an excellent beginning for the CyberSecurity career and also is normally a far better entry point than plowing right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of knowledge that you can build on– helping you advance 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.
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can help you be ready for an better career in CyberSecurity. This course is intended for professionals who have the know-how and abilities needed to plan, draft 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.
Certified Ethical Hacker
Certified Ethical Hacker training will help you learn 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 examine, 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.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional
The CISSP certification is a globally known information security certification administered and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is probably the most requested 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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