Cyber Security

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Why Cyber Security

CyberSecurity is one of the top career opportunities today. The demand for workers in CyberSecurity is huge. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 positions that need to be filled across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater job market they estimate over 4,000 openings, but the amount of certified workers is very low. This makes CyberSecurity an ideal choice for anybody looking into get into a career with lots of opportunities to advance. Almost every day there is another story about hacking and cyber attacks. The need is through the roof 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 why does it matter in your CyberSecurity career? Many jobs have a legal rule they have to follow: If you are in a job where you might have access to sensitive government data, then you are required to have at least one of the certifications listed for that role (see chart). Even businesses 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 much better entry point than plowing right into an advanced cyber-security program. With Security+, you’ll develop a powerful foundation of understanding to start off– 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 better career in CyberSecurity. This certification is intended for professionals who have the know-how and skills required to create, draft and conceive 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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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 setting where you will learn how to search, analyze, hack, and guard your own systems. You will learn how hackers widen privileges and what steps can be taken to guard 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 internationally recognized Cyber-Security certification overseen and bequeathed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, aka (ISC)2. This is probably the most desired certification for CyberSecurity management positions. There are two leveles, CISSP Associate and CISSP. To get the full CISSP certification, you must meet 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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