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 four entry-level, core cybersecurity roles mapped directly to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s CyberSeek model.

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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.

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.

Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE)
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Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE)

Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE)

The Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE) certification path teaches you the skills needed to investigate computer threats. You'll learn about performing forensics on hard drives, file systems and networks as well as the legal and ethical issues of investigating cybercrime.

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.

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 Routing & Switching (CCNA)
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Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (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.

Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CERT-CSIH)
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Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CERT-CSIH)

Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CERT-CSIH)

The Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) certification path covers the essential information you need to know in order to properly detect, contain and mitigate security incidents. You'll learn the ins and outs of incident response, as well as the tools of the trade used by incident responders on a daily basis.

Computer Incident Response
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Computer Incident Response

Computer Incident Response

The Computer Incident Response skill path covers computer threats, the technologies and tools used to combat those threats, and the fundamentals of incident response, network forensics and risk management.

ICS/SCADA Security Analyst
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ICS/SCADA Security Analyst

ICS/SCADA Security Analyst

The ICS/SCADA Security Analyst skill path provides you with the knowledge needed to defend the systems that control critical infrastructure. You'll learn about assessing the security of industrial control and SCADA systems and protecting them from cyber threats.

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).

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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