Cybersecurity specialist / technician

The cybersecurity specialist/technician role includes a variety of entry-level information security positions commonly held by people who are transitioning from IT and networking into cybersecurity.

What does a cybersecurity specialist do?

Cybersecurity specialists and technicians require knowledge of how to perform essential cybersecurity duties such as network security, vulnerability assessments and intrusion detection.

It is one of three entry-level, core cybersecurity roles mapped directly to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s CyberSeek model.

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CompTIA Network+
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CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+

The CompTIA Network+ learning path teaches you how to design, configure, troubleshoot and manage network devices. You'll learn about implementing networking concepts and using best practices to support and secure devices.

CompTIA Security+
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CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+

The CompTIA Security+ certification path introduces you to a variety of information security concepts and technical controls. You'll learn about network and application security, compliance, different types of cyber threats and more.

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
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Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification path teaches you the skills required for entry-level network support positions. You'll learn the basics of networks, switching and routing, as well as get an introduction to infrastructure services and maintenance.

Cisco Certified Network Associate R&S (CCNA)
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Cisco Certified Network Associate R&S (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Associate R&S (CCNA)

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA) certification path builds on the CCENT and prepares you for a career as a networking professional. You'll learn about installing, operating and troubleshooting more complex networks.

Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security)
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Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security)

Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security)

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) certification path is an excellent starting point for a career in cybersecurity. You'll learn the skills required to install, troubleshoot and monitor Cisco networks, as well as recognize vulnerabilities and mitigate security threats.

Networking Fundamentals
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Networking Fundamentals

Networking Fundamentals

The Networking Fundamentals skill path is designed for network administrators looking to expand their knowledge of network protocols and technologies. The path includes a cyber range where you can practice your switching and routing skills.

Information Security Fundamentals
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Information Security Fundamentals

Information Security Fundamentals

The Information Security Fundamentals skill path teaches you critical knowledge of hardware, software and network security. You'll learn about popular security concepts, controls and technologies, as well an overview of risk management, incident response and disaster recovery.

Linux Fundamentals
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Linux Fundamentals

Linux Fundamentals

The Linux Fundamentals learning path provides the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to successfully configure, manage and troubleshoot Linux systems. You will learn hands-on skills that are relevant for any Linux distribution (e.g., Red Hat, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE).

ICS/SCADA Security Fundamentals
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ICS/SCADA Security Fundamentals

ICS/SCADA Security Fundamentals

The ICS/SCADA Security Fundamentals skill path provides you with foundational knowledge about SCADA systems and security, including protocols, access controls, physical security, cybersecurity tools and more.

Active Directory with Windows Server 2016
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Active Directory with Windows Server 2016

Active Directory with Windows Server 2016

The Active Directory with Windows Server 2016 certification path builds your knowledge of Active Directory and prepares you to pass the Identity with Windows Server 2016 (70-742) certification exam.

Overview

Common job titles
  • Information security specialist
  • IT specialist information security
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Information technology specialist — information security
  • IT security specialist
U.S. job openings
  • 7,792
Most-requested skills
  • Information security
  • Information systems
  • Information assurance
  • Network security
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Intrusion detection
  • Linux
  • Customer service
  • Project management

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