Cyber IT/CSWF Workforce Model

Attention: DON Personnel Assigned to Joint DoD Commands

Click on a Work Role in the Workforce Model below to view the Qualifications Matrix for the associated Specialty Area. See below for detailed instructions. Note: the Qualification Matrices will be updated to reflect the specific Work Role requirements when the information is available. While the work roles in the DON Workforce Model are consistent with the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF), please note that the DCWF combines the last three DON categories into a single category labeled “Oversee & Govern.”

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  Analyze Investigate Collect & Operate Operate & Maintain Protect & Defend Securely Provision Oversee & Govern
Oversight & Development Acquisition & Program/Project Management Executive Cyberspace Leadership
Cybersecurity All Source Analyst(111) Forensics Analyst(211) Cyber Operations Planner(332) System Administrator(451) Cyber Defense Analyst(511) Authorizing Official(611) Info System Security Manager(722)   Executive Cyber Leadership(901)
  Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst(212)   Systems Security Analyst(461) Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist(521) Security Control Assessor(612) COMSEC Manager(723)
  Cyber Crime Investigator(221)     Cyber Defense Incident Responder(531) Secure Software Assessor(622) Cyber Workforce Developer and Manager(751)
        Vulnerability Assessment Analyst(541) Information Systems Security Developer(631) Cyber Policy and Strategy Planner(752)
Cyber IT       Technical Support Specialist(411)   Software Developer(621) Cyber Instructional Curriculum Developer(711) Program Manager(801) Executive Cyber Leadership(901)
      Database Administrator(421)   Systems Developer(632) Cyber Instructor(712) IT Project Manager(802)
      Data Analyst (422)   Systems Requirements Planner (641) Cyber Legal Advisor(731) Product Support Manager(803)
      Knowledge Manager(431)   Enterprise Architect(651) Cyber Policy and Strategy Planner(752) IT Investment/Portfolio Manager(804)
      Network Operations Specialist(441)   Security Architect(652)   IT Program Auditor(805)
          Research & Development Specialist(661)    
          System Testing & Evaluation Specialist(671)    



All Source Analyst


Forensics Analyst
Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst
Cyber Crime Investigator

Collect & Operate

Cyber Operations Planner

Operate & Maintain

System Administrator
Systems Security Analyst

Protect & Defend

Cyber Defense Analyst
Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist
Cyber Defense Incident Responder
Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

Securely Provision

Authorizing Official
Security Control Assessor
Secure Software Assessor
Information Systems Security Developer

Oversight & Development

Info System Security Manager
COMSEC Manager
Cyber Workforce Developer and Manager
Cyber Policy and Strategy Planner

Executive Cyberspace Leadership

Executive Cyber Leadership

Cyber IT

Operate & Maintain

Technical Support Specialist
Database Administrator
Data Analyst
Knowledge Manager
Network Operations Specialist

Securely Provision

Software Developer
Systems Developer
Systems Requirements Planner
Enterprise Architect
Security Architect
Research & Development Specialist
System Testing & Evaluation Specialist

Oversight & Development

Cyber Instructional Curriculum Developer
Cyber Instructor
Cyber Legal Advisor
Cyber Policy and Strategy Planner

Acquisition & Program/Project Management

Program Manager
IT Program Manager
Product Support Manager
IT Investment/Portfolio Manager
IT Program Auditor

Executive Cyberspace Leadership

Executive Cyber Leadership

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* Acquisition and Program/Project Management and Executive Cyberspace Leadership have no specific specialty areas. However, these two categories have qualification data (certification/education/training) associated at the category level.

You can get more information about the Categories, Specialty Areas and Work Roles listed above on the DoD Cyber Exchange website or the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) website's Interactive National Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The three-digit code displayed just below each Work Role title is the DON effort to align cyber work to the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF) and NICE framework. Each Work Role has been assigned a three-digit code that will be used to update the Inherently Governmental and Commercial Activity (IGCA) code for each cyber related billet.

To see your qualification matrix, click on a Work Role in the table above. An explanation of the matrix is included below. Note: the Qualification Matrices currently show qualifications for the associated Specialty Area and will be updated to reflect the specific Work Role requirements when the information is available.

How to Use the Qualification Matrix

A COOL Qualification Matrix lists the required qualifications for a Specialty Area so you can see if you meet them all. The matrix has a worksheet mode where you can check off the qualifications you meet and then print the worksheet for your own reference or to give to a supervisor. It's not an official document, it's just for your own use.

The steps below explain the basics of using the matrix. Following the steps is an explanation of the items included in the matrix.

  1. Select your Work Role in the Workforce Model above. The Qualification Matrix for the associated Specialty Area opens in a new tab.
  2. Review the information about the Specialty Area at the top of the page, and then look at the Minimum Credential Requirement section, starting with the Qualifications Table. This is the section where you can review your qualifications.
  3. Click Toggle Worksheet Mode to display checkable boxes next to each qualification.
  4. Select your proficiency level to hide the other proficiency levels. (Doing so makes it easier to focus on the information that pertains to you.)
  5. Check the box next to the qualifications that you meet.
  6. If you want, print the worksheet so you have a reference you can take with you.

Explanation of Qualification Matrix Content

Following is an explanation of what is included in a Specialty Area qualification matrix.

Associated Work Roles

The specific Work Role(s) that fall under a Specialty Area.

Specialty Area Framework Category

The Specialty Area Category title (such as, "Oversight & Development") and description.

Specialty Area Description

The official Specialty Area description.

Example Job/Billet Titles

Example job and billet titles related to this Specialty Area.

Initial Training

A description of required initial training for the Specialty Area—generally a high school diploma and completion of Navy "A" school (for Navy enlisted).

Minimum Credential Requirement

A list of the education, training, certification and on-the-job training (OJT) required for the Specialty Area. You must meet an education, training or certification requirement (at least one of the three) and the OJT requirement.

Qualifications Table

Basic Intermediate Advanced
Education requirements can include college degrees, Additional Qualification Designators (AQDs), Subspecialty Codes (SSCs) and Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certificates.

If you see "not an entry position," it means that the Specialty Area does not pertain to entry level jobs, so there are no qualifications for that proficiency level.
Training requirements generally include specific military training courses, and can include Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) courses, courses identified by Course Identification Numbers (CIN), and other military training.
Certification requirements include any civilian credential or license required for the Specialty Area.
Required on-the-job training (OJT) is specified through Naval Education and Training Command (NAVEDTRA) documents.
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Updated: December 2, 2020