Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

IT Security is one of the top career opportunities today. The demand 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 job openings, but the supply of qualified workers is very small. This makes IT Security a great choice for anyone looking into get into a career with lots of potential to advance. Almost every day there are news articles about breaches and cyber attacks. The need is soaring 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 position where you might have access to sensitive government data, then you must have at a minimum of one of the certifications listed for that role (see chart). Even companies who never do business with the government are now often requiring these in similar positions.

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 beginning for the IT Security field 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 higher level career in IT Security. This certification is intended for professionals who have the expertise and skills required to conceptualize, draft and set up secure solutions. The CASP certification also meets 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 will help you learn to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive setting where you will learn how to scan, 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 world-wide recognized CyberSecurity certification governed and bequeathed 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 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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