Cyber Security

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Why IT Security

CyberSecurity is one of the most lucrative 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 job market they estimate over 4,000 job openings, but the amount of certified workers is very low. This makes CyberSecurity a great choice for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up. Almost every day there is news about breaches and attacks. The demand is soaring for businesses, the armed forces and government agencies–at the local, state and federal levels.

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Cyber Security Certifications

Here is what you need to Succeed

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and what significance does this have on your 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 must have at a minimum of one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even businesses who do no business with the government are now often requiring these in similar jobs.

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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 ideal introduction to the CyberSecurity field and also is normally a far better entry point than jumping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of knowledge to start off– 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 higher level career in CyberSecurity. This class is intended for professionals who have the know-how and experience required to plan, design and engineer secure solutions. The CASP certification also meets the qualifications 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 thinking and acting like one. The CEH training immerses you in an interactive environment where you will learn how to check, test, 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 the following 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 accepted CyberSecurity certification administered and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is likely 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 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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