Essential IT Certifications for DoD and Cyber Security Jobs

The global cybersecurity market is booming. There’s no doubt about that. If you’re considering working in cybersecurity, you’ll want to look at the contract world. And, if you’re thinking about the cybersecurity enterprise world, acquiring IT certifications isn’t just a good idea; in fact, it’s mandatory.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570.01 outlines a list of certifications that satisfy the bill to be considered for those jobs. This is especially prevalent for organizations that commonly work with the DoD, like Booz Allen Hamilton, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and others.

DoD Compliant Cybersecurity Certifications

CompTIA A+:

You might be amazed to see CompTIA A+ on DoD Compliant cybersecurity certifications list. It’s an entry-level certification that equips the professionals with the basics of personal computer hardware and operating systems, comprising installation, repair, upgrade, optimization, troubleshooting, configuration, and preventative maintenance. However, support is an essential part of any business, and there are jobs available. In a position like Desktop Support Analyst, you can receive between $50,000-$85,000.

Job Profiles for CompTIA A+ Certified Professional:

  • IT Help Desk Tier I-III
  • IT Field Technician
  • Desktop Support Analyst
  • IT Support Specialist, and more.

Salary: Starts at $50,000 (for Desktop Support Specialist).

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CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ certification comprises the very fundamental building blocks of cybersecurity. For example, retaining a network secured and maintained. CompTIA Network+ confirms the skills to operate, install, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot an enterprise network. It’s helpful for those who are inclined to take on a responsibility of building, managing, and securing a data network. With an unprecedented requirement for networking jobs, especially System Administrators, it’s a job that’s significant and well-paying.

Job Profiles for CompTIA Network+ Certified Professional:

  • Network Support Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Administrator & more.

Salary: Starts at $67,250 (for Systems Administrator).

CompTIA Security+

While A+ and Network+ can put you in the field, Security+ is the certification that gets you qualified to launch your cybersecurity career. If you are keen in specializing in any IT security, this certification is a must have. Besides an overview/introduction to cybersecurity, it’s also an entry point to more distinct fields like ethical hacking or penetration testing.

Related Article: Become a Security Specialist with the CompTIA Security+ Certification

Job Profiles for CompTIA Security+ Certified Professional:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Technology (IT) Manager
  • Systems Administrator & more.

Salary: $81,467 on average (for Security+).

ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Often acknowledged the gold standard in cybersecurity, the CISSP holds great respect in the cybersecurity world. It’s a rigorous, three-hour exam and acute application procedure. However, once achieved, it unlocks many doors in infosec, design, architecture, management, and many more.

Job Profiles for CISSPs

  • Infosec Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Information Security Manager
  • Cyber Security Engineer, & more.

Salary: $113,820 on average (for Information Security Manager).

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EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Included in the DoD list in 2010, the EC-Council CEH certification works under a basic rule. Sometimes to beat a hacker, you have to think like a hacker. Ethical or “white hat” hacking is about taking effective measures by getting into the mindset of cybercriminals. This could involve policy creation, perimeter defense, preventing DDoS attacks, navigating social engineering, and more.

Read: How to Successfully Become a Certified Ethical Hacker!

Job Roles for Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

  • Security Network Engineer,
  • IT Security Specialist
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Information Systems Security Manager and more.

Salary: Starts at $115,610 (for Information Systems Security Manager).

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