Technology Research and Development Specialty Area Qualification Matrix

Associated Work Roles

  • Research and Development Specialist (661)

Note: This page presents the qualification requirements at the Specialty Area level, a summary category one level above work roles. Until the qualification requirements for the Work Roles are released, please refer to the Specialty Area qualification table below for information. This table will be updated to reflect the specific Work Role requirements when the information is available.

Specialty Area Framework Category: Securely Provision

Specialty Areas responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and building secure information technology (IT) systems, with responsibility for some aspect of the systems' development.

Technology Research and Development Description

Conducts technology and/or feasibility assessments. Provides, builds, and supports a prototype capability and/or evaluates its security and utility. Facilitates innovation.

Example Job/Billet Titles

  • Capabilities and Development Specialist
  • Research and Development Engineer

Master Tasks and KSAs

Detailed information on the Tasks and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) associated with each Marine Corps Specialty Area can be found in the Master Task & KSA List spreadsheet on the NAVIFOR website (requires credentials/CAC to access) or on the DoD Cyber Exchange website.

Initial Training

Initial training qualification for a specialty area is generally met by a High School diploma or equivalent and completion of recruit training.

Minimum Credential Requirement

You must meet one of the education, training, or certification requirements in the Qualifications Table below. See “Understanding Qualifications” on the Qualifications Table for more information on the order of precedence for the minimum credential requirement.

Qualifying Degrees

The Qualifications Table below includes college degrees in the Education section. For example, "Bachelor degree from accredited University." To view a list of degree programs that are acceptable for this Specialty Area, click List of Qualifying Degrees below or the Information icon in the Qualifications Table.

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Qualifications Table

All qualifications have not been met.
 
Basic Intermediate Advanced
N/A not entry level position Bachelor Degree from accredited University Bachelor Degree from accredited University
  CNSSI 4012-Senior Systems Managers/4013-System Administrators/4014-Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO) /4015-Systems Certifiers/4016-Risk Analysts Graduate Degree from accredited University
  NDU CISO certificate-Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) CNSSI 4012-Senior Systems Managers/4013-System Administrators/4014-Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO) /4015-Systems Certifiers/4016-Risk Analysts
    NDU CIO certificate-Chief Information Officer (CIO)
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N/A not entry level position CID M09AN21 Cyber Network Supervisors (Cyber Network Sup) CID F074141 Marine Analysis and Rpting
  CID M09BNJ1 Cybersecurity Technician CID M02D2M2 Cyber Networks Operations Engineer (Cyber NETOPS Eng)
  CID N23CUQ1 Joint Cyber Analysis CID M09BNU1 Cyber System Chief
    CID M09D3H1 Cybersecurity Managers
    CID M09DRX1 Advance Communications Officer (ACOC)
    CID N23CUK1/N46CUK2 Signals Intelligence Officers
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N/A Evaluation of job performance at Marine Corps Unit based off T&R events from NAVMC 3500.56A, NAVMC 3500.105A Evaluation of job performance at Marine Corps Unit based off T&R events from NAVMC 3500.56A, NAVMC 3500.105A

Note: The Qualification Matrix information on this page will be in a different order when printed to reduce the number of pages needed.

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Basic

Foundational understanding of computer systems and related cybersecurity software and hardware components. Ability to apply simple concepts and routine processes with frequent and specific guidance. Ability to perform successfully in routine, structured situations, or more complex situations with supervision.

Intermediate

Working knowledge and application of Information Security and security operational characteristics for a variety of computer platforms, networks, software applications, and Operating Systems. Extensive knowledge of basic concepts and processes and experience applying these with only periodic high-level guidance. Ability to perform successfully in non-routine and sometimes complicated situations.

Advanced

Application and mastery of Information Security, plans, and functions; responsible for the management of complex projects, and initiatives with large scope. An in-depth understanding of complex concepts and processes, and experience applying these with little or no guidance. Ability to provide guidance to others and to perform successfully in complex, unstructured situations.

Click link to go to CompTIA A+ COOL Snapshot page.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), A+ certification validates the entry-level computer technician's competency to perform a myriad of critical IT support tasks. CompTIA A+ technicians demonstrate skills in networking, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, network and software troubleshooting, installing and configuring operating systems, security, and operational procedures. Candidates must pass both the Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) exams.

Click link to go to CompTIA Network+ COOL Snapshot page.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Network+ is an intermediate skill level certification for technicians working with current networking technologies. The Network+ technician demonstrates an understanding of key cloud computing best practices and typical service models, critical security concepts, newer virtualization and hardware techniques, and skills needed to maintain network resilience. Network+ is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts, and administrators. Candidates should meet recommended experience guidelines and must pass a written exam.

Click link to go to Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) COOL Snapshot page.

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an advanced skill level certification for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click link to go to Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) COOL Snapshot page.

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)², Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals involved in network and systems security administration responsible for developing the information security policies, standards, and procedures. Candidates manage implementation across various hardware and software programs in their organization. The SSCP is targeted toward those working towards positions such as Network Security Engineers, Security Systems Analysts, or Security Administrators. It is also appropriate for personnel in other non-security disciplines that require an understanding of security but do not have information security as a primary part of their job description, including information systems auditors; application programmers; system, network and database administrators; business unit representatives, and systems analysts. Candidates must meet work experienve requirements to be eligible for the SSCP exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click link to go to CompTIA Security+ COOL Snapshot page.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Security+ is an entry-level, vendor-neutral certification for IT professionals. The Security+ validates the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions, incorporating best practices in hands-on troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. Candidates demonstrate the ability to evaluate and implement security solutions for an enterprise environment, monitor and secure hybrid environments, understand laws and policies, and identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents. Candidates should meet experience recommendations and must pass a written exam.

Click link to go to GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC) COOL Snapshot page.

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Security Leadership Certification (GSLC) is an advanced skill level certification for information security, information technology and security professionals with leadership responsibilities. GSLCs understand governance and technical controls focused on protecting, detecting, and responding to security issues. GSLCs display knowledge of data, network, host, application, and user controls along with fundamental management topics that pertain to the security lifecycle. There are no prerequisites for the GSLC certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

 

 

Click link to go to Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) COOL Snapshot page.

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is an advanced certification for the individual who designs, builds, and manages an enterprises information security. CISM focuses on information risk management as the basis of information security. It also includes material on broader issues such as how to govern information security as well as on practical issues such as developing and managing an information security program and managing incidents. This certification is targeted toward experienced information security managers and those who have information security management responsibilities. Five or more years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience is required.

Click link to go to Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) COOL Snapshot page.

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) is ideal for IT, information security and information assurance practitioners and contractors seeking to prove their understanding of the RMF. It is evidence candidates have the advanced knowledge and technical ability to formalize processes to assess risk and establish security documentation. Candidates must pass a written exam and have at least two years of cumulative, paid work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the (ISC)² CAP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).

Click link to go to CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) COOL Snapshot page.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) certification is for advanced level cyber-security professionals. CASP+ practitioners have the knowledge and skills need to conceptualize, engineer, integrate, and implement secure solutions across complex environments to support a resilient enterprise. While not required, candidates should meet CompTIA's recommended level of experience. Candidates must pass an exam that includes written and performance-based questions.