Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

CyberSecurity is one of the most in demand career fields today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is soaring. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 positions that need to be filled across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 job openings, but the amount of qualified workers is very low. This makes CyberSecurity a great choice for anybody looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to move up. Virtually every day there is news about breaches and cyber attacks. The demand is soaring for companies, the military and government agencies–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 it have on your career? Many jobs have a government requirement: If you are in a job where you could have access to sensitive government information, then you must have at a minimum of one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even employers who do no 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 exceptional introduction to the CyberSecurity career and also is normally a far better way to start than plowing right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a strong foundation of understanding that you can build on– helping you move up in 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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CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can prepare you for an higher level career in CyberSecurity. This course is intended for professionals who have the know-how and skills needed to plan, design and engineer 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 teach you to stop hackers by learning how to act like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive environment where you will learn how to scan, test, hack, and defend your own systems. You will learn how intruders expand privileges and what steps can be taken to defend 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 accepted Cyber-Security certification overseen and conferred by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is likely the most requested certification for CyberSecurity 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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