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Best Cybersecurity Certifications for Your Resume

DOD 8570 Chart


What is the DOD 8570 chart and what impact does this have on your career? Many jobs have a legal requirement: if you are in a position where you could have access to sensitive government data, then you must have at least one of the certifications listed for that role (see chart). Even companies who do no business with the government are now often requiring these in similar roles.

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ training provides an exceptional introduction to the cyber-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 strong foundation of understanding that you can build on– helping you advance 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.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The CISSP certification is a globally recognized information security certification governed and bestowed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. This is probably the most requested certification for cyber-security management positions. There are two levels, CISSP Associate and CISSP. To get the full CISSP certification, you must meet the experience requirements. If not, you get the Associate CISSP and will have 6 years to meet the experience requirements to get the full CISSP. 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

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

A CISM certification will demonstrate your information security management expertise. The uniquely management-focused CISM certification promotes international security practices and recognizes the individual who manages designs, and oversees and assesses an enterprise’s information security. The CISM certification meets the DOD 8570 certification for these positions: IAM Level II and III, as well as CNDSP Manager.

Cyber Security Analyst (CySA)

With CySA+, you’ll build on your solid foundational understanding– aiding you progress in your career in the months and years to come. The behavior analytics abilities covered by CySA+ recognize and combat malware, and also advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in enhanced threat exposure throughout a broad attack surface.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

The CISA is a globally recognized certification for IS audit control, assurance and security professionals. Being CISA-certified showcases your audit experience, skills and knowledge, and demonstrates you are capable to manage vulnerabilities, ensure compliance and institute controls within the enterprise. You will perform evaluations of organizational policies, procedures and processes to ensure that an organization’s information systems align with overall business goals and objectives CISA meets the DOD 8570 requirements for CNDSP Auditor, one of the hardest positions to fill.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

ITIL version 4 introduces IT Service Management through the lens of a Service Value System (SVS), which provides a holistic end-to-end view of how to successfully contribute to business value, and also how to leverage concepts from models such as Lean IT, Agile, DevOps and Organizational Change Management. ITIL is required for many IT management positions.


CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification training can help you be ready for an advanced career in Cyber-security. This course is intended for professionals who have the knowledge and skills required to conceptualize, design and engineer 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.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Certified Ethical Hacker training will help you learn to stop hackers by thinking and acting like one. The CEH training immerses students in an interactive environment where you will learn how to scan, test, hack, and secure their own systems. You will learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure a system. The CEH certification meets the DOD 8570 requirement for these positions: CNDSP Analyst, CNDSP Infrastructure Support, CNDSP Incident Reporter, and CNDSP Auditor.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Forbes magaine listed the PMP certification #2 for IT certifications in 2019. It is one of the most highly sought after certifications. This is for people who have on the job experience doing project management activities and running projects, regardless of their job title. The PMP is ideal for a person who wants to grow and formalize their project management skills. This course is ideal for a leader or manager wanting to take their career and salary to the next level in earning the globally recognized PMP® credential.


Cyber Security Experts work in a Variety of Businesses & Industries

As the threat of cyber attacks become more pervasive, employers in every industry need a team of cyber security awareness experts to keep their data secure and protected .

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