Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

IT 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 area they estimate over 4,000 job openings, but the amount of certified workers is very small. This makes IT Security a great choice for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of room to move up. Almost every day there is another story about breaches and attacks. The demand is through the roof for companies, 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 IT 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 information, then you are required to have at least one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even companies who never do 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 excellent introduction to the IT 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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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can help you be ready for an better career in IT Security. This course is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and skills required to conceptualize, 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.
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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 situation where you will learn how to check, analyze, hack, and protect your own systems. You will learn how hackers expand 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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Certified Information Systems Security Professional


The CISSP certification is a globally recognized CyberSecurity certification governed and conferred by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is probably the most sought after 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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