Cyber Security

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Why IT 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 area they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the amount of certified workers is very low. This makes Cyber-Security a great choice for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of potential to move up. Virtually every day there yet another story about breaches 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 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 companies who never do business with the government are now often requiring these in similar roles.

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 entry point than hopping 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 higher level 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 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 will help you learn 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 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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CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP

The CISSP certification is a globally accepted CyberSecurity certification overseen and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is likely the most needed 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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