Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

Cyber-Security is one of the most lucrative career fields today. The open positions for workers in CyberSecurity is growing. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the amount of certified workers is very small. This makes Cyber-Security a great pick for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up. Almost every day there yet another story about hacking and attacks. The demand is through the roof 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 employers are looking for

DOD 8570

What is the DOD 8570 chart and why does it matter in your Cyber-Security career? Many jobs have a government rule they have to follow: If you are in a role where you might have access to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even companies who do no business with the government are now often requiring these in similar jobs.

DOD 8570 chart

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 Cyber-Security career and also is normally a much better way to start than jumping right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a powerful foundation of understanding to start off– 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.
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CASP+

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner

CASP

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can prepare you for an better career in Cyber-Security. This course is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and skills required to conceptualize, draft and engineer 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 immerses you in an interactive situation where you will learn how to check, analyze, 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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CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP

The CISSP certification is a globally accepted CyberSecurity certification overseen and granted by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is likely the most sought after certification for Cyber-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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