Executive Cyberspace Leadership Specialty Area Qualification Matrix *

Associated Work Roles

  • Executive Cyber Leadership (901)

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: Oversight & Development

Specialty Areas responsible for providing leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work.

Executive Cyberspace Leadership Description

Leads the team responsible for ensuring the security of information systems. This individual initiates, plans and directs all work activities of a CSWF team composed of Cyber Technical analysts, Information System Security Officers and Cyber Awareness and Training coordinators.

Example Job/Billet Titles

  • Commander
  • Deputy Commander

Master Tasks and KSAs

Detailed information on the Tasks and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) associated with each Navy 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 Navy "A" school (for Navy enlisted).

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 N/A not journeyman level position Graduate Degree from accredited University
N/A not entry level position N/A not journeyman level position NFLEX Symposium-New Flag and Senior Executive Symposium
    PCO/PXO-Prospective Commanding Officer/Executive Officer (PCO/PXO)
N/A PQS/JQR not appropriate for this position type N/A PQS/JQR not appropriate for this position type N/A PQS/JQR not appropriate for this position type

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*If you have recommendations for degrees, qualifications, NECs or credentials for this matrix, direct them to NAVIFOR (requires credentials/CAC to access). Questions and recommendations regarding the Cyber IT/CSWF model, matrix, policies, implementation guidelines, and compliance should be directed to: Navy_CSWF_Program_Helpline@navy.mil

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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.


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.


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 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 have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP CBK. Earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list will satisfy one year of the required experience. Education credit will only satisfy one year of experience.

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 Program Management Professional (PgMP) COOL Snapshot page.

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Program Management Professional (PgMP) is an advanced career certification for professionals who oversee multiple, related projects and their resources to achieve strategic business goals. PgMPs are senior-level practitioners who identify ways to group multiple related projects to achieve benefits that may not be realized if the projects were managed in a stand-alone fashion. Candidates for the PgMP must meet educational and experiential requirements; they are also evaluated by both a panel and with an exam.

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 professionals with advanced-level cybersecurity skills and knowledge. CASP+ practitioners demonstrate skills in risk management, enterprise security architecture, research, development and collaboration, technical integration of enterprise security and enterprise security operations. Candidates must pass an exam that includes written and performance-based questions.

Click link to go to Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) COOL Snapshot page.

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) certification is aimed at producing top-level information security executives. The CCISO focuses on the application of information security management principles from an executive management point of view. Candidates must meet CCISO requirements detailed on the agency's site. Candidates who do not yet meet the CCISO requirements but are interested in information security management can pursue the EC-Council Information Security Management (EISM) certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.