Cyber Security

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Why IT Security

Cyber-Security is one of the top career opportunities today. The job openings for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 job openings nationwide. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the amount of qualified workers is very small. This makes Cyber-Security an ideal pick for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of room to advance. Virtually every day there are news articles about hacking and attacks. The need 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 impact does this have on your career? Many jobs have a government rule they have to follow: If you are in a job where you might 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 excellent introduction to the Cyber-Security career and also is normally a far better entry point 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 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 better career in Cyber-Security. This certification is intended for professionals who have the know-how and experience needed to conceptualize, draft and set up secure solutions. The CASP certification also satisfies 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 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 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 accepted IT Security certification overseen and conferred by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is probably the most requested certification for Cyber-Security management positions. There are two leveles, CISSP Associate and CISSP. To get the full CISSP certification, you must meet 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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