Cyber Security

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Why IT Security

IT Security is one of the most in demand career fields today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 positions that need to be filled nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the amount of qualified workers is very low. This makes IT Security an ideal pick for anybody looking into get into a career with lots of potential to advance. Almost every day there is news about breaches and attacks. The demand is soaring for businesses, the armed forces and government bureaucracies–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 government rule they have to follow: If you are in a job where you could have access to sensitive government information, then you are required to have at least 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 Certifications

CompTIA Security+

The most popular entry-level certification

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an ideal introduction to the IT Security field and also is normally a far better entry point than plowing right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a powerful foundation of understanding to start off– helping you move up in 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 help you be ready for an advanced career in IT Security. This class is intended for professionals who have the know-how and experience needed to conceptualize, 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 teach you to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive situation where you will learn how to examine, 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 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 world-wide accepted information security certification overseen and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is probably the most needed 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 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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