Cyber Security Training and the Department of Defense
Many Carolina Career College graduates train for and earn IT certifications. This can help prepare them for a cyber security career in the private sector. The financial industry, for example, has a significant ongoing need for skilled employees to protect their networks.
Others utilize cyber security training to prepare for a career with the United States Government. Here’s some food for thought when considering a cyber security career in the public sector:
- A Department of Defense (DoD) report in September, 2015 acknowledged 30 million malicious intrusions on DoD networks over a ten-month period.
- This month, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Prashanth Mekala said, “In the federal government, there’s a shortage of skills of folks within cybersecurity space. That’s a problem that’s being faced across the U.S. intelligence community, from the [National Security Agency], the CIA, the Department of Defense and, of course, the FBI.”
- In its Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, the FBI requested $85.1 million to cover salaries and expenses to increase cyber-investigative capabilities.
- Remember the 2015 data breach of the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that exposed over 21 million records? OPM announced in 2016 it would hire 1000 cyber security workers, and in January, 2017 launched a new cyber careers website.
The Department of Defense’s DoD 8570.01-M details the baseline certifications required for certain IT positions. Carolina Career College offers the training for CompTIA certifications included in the directive. This includes A+, Network+, Security+, and CASP (CompTIA Advanced Certified Practitioner).
According to CompTIA, government agencies that employ certified workers include:
- U.S. Department of Defense – all components
- U.S. Intelligence Community Agencies
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S Department of Justice
- U.S Department of State
If considering a cyber security career with the United States Government, consider an IT certification training path. One example is the Security and Network Infrastructure program at Carolina Career College. This track includes training for IT certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco. It can help your marketability and validate the skills required for a fast growing career.