ITS-Information Systems Technician Submarines

Rating Description


Information Systems Technicians Submarines (ITS) perform core and specialty functions of network system administration, maintenance, security, and training; plan, coordinate, and manage unit-level Information Systems (IS) security and integration across platforms, fleets, and services. For more detailed information, see the Rating Information Card.

There are 25 credentials closely related to the tasks performed in this Rating that may be attainable as soon as Class "A" technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly following their initial training. Select "< 1 Year" for the "Experience after 'A' School" filter in the "Related Credentials" section to view these credentials.

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Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For help in making informed choices on schools and education programs when using tuition assistance, see:

Navy Learning Center Recommended Degrees for ITS-Information Systems Technician Submarines

The following occupational-related degrees are recommended by the Navy Learning Center and are listed in the Navy Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR) for ITS.

Recommended Associate Degrees

  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Network Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Programming and Analysis
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Technology
  • Computer Systems Analysis
  • Information Technology
  • Networking Security Management

Recommended Bachelor/Master Degrees

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer Information Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Science
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Technology
  • Network Management
  • Network Security
  • Software Engineering

Additional information pertaining to ITS-Information Systems Technician Submarines can be found below.

Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF)

SECNAV M-5239.2, signed June 2016, mandates identification, tracking, and reporting of personnel within the Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) and use of qualifications (i.e. commercial certifications; or Navy Enlisted Classification code (NEC); or academic degree) to validate Cyber IT/CSWF baseline and continuous knowledge and skills. Some Sailors may have these Cyber IT/CSWF responsibilities and will need to meet qualifications.

For more information, see:

Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-0 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-3 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-4 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-5 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-6 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-7 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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LaDR documents are available as pay grade-specific or combined, covering all the pay grades in a rating.

Click here to go to Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optic Installers (FOI) certification is an intermediate-level credential for fiber optic technicians. The FOI exam focuses on a general understanding of optical fiber installation, connectorization, splicing, and testing; candidates for the FOI certification are expected to be familiar with optical fibers, connectors, and splice performance characteristics. Candidates must be proficient in the installation of connectors on various types of fiber optic cables using epoxies; additionally, FOI technicians perform mechanical and fusion splicing. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA A+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.
Click here to go to Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) certification is an intermediate-level fiber optics professional credential. Candidates for the FOT certification are expected to have knowledge of fiber optics concepts pertaining to designing, configuring, installing, and maintaining fiber optics systems. FOTs test and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LANs) with various faults. The FOT certification is designed for technicians, system analysts, design engineers, managers, telecommunications professionals, fusion splicers, mechanical splicers, end users, and others whose professions require fiber optics knowledge and skills. The prerequisite for the FOT certification is the ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI), or equivalent work experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA Linux+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills of IT professionals with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring, and supporting servers running the Linux operating system. The new exam has an increased focus on the following topics: security, kernel modules, storage & visualization, device management at an enterprise level, git & automation, networking & firewalls, server side & command line, server (vs. client-based) coverage, troubleshooting and SELinux. Candidates are recommended to hold the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and have 12 months of Linux admin experience.
Click here to go to CompTIA Network+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Network+ ce is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technicians who can describe the features and functions of networking components and manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure. In addition, certification holders have a basic understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies. Network+ ce is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts and administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ ce candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ ce certification.
Click here to go to CompTIA Server+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Computing Technology Industry Assocation (CompTIA), Server+ is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technical support professionals that certifies the technical knowledge and skills required to build, maintain, troubleshoot and support server hardware and software technologies. The certification focuses on server-specific hardware and operating systems as well as virtualization, disaster recovery and security procedures. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Server+ candidates hold a CompTIA A+ certification and has 18-24 months of IT experience.
Click here to go to Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The ISACA, Certified Information Systems Auditor is an advanced credential that validates the skills and achievement of professionals who audit, monitor, control, and evaluate an organization’s business and information technology systems. The CISA certification covers topics such as the information systems audit process, IT governance and management, protection of information assets, information systems acquisition, development, implementation, operations, and business resilience. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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 here to go to Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Linux Professional Institute (LPI), Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) is the first certification in Linus Professional Insitute's multi-level Linux Professional certification program and is for any IT professional using the Linux operating system and its associated tools. The LPIC-1 validates a candidate's ability to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install & configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking. Candidates must pass two exams and be able to work at the Linux command line, perform easy maintenance tasks (help out users, add users to a larger system, backup and restore, shutdown and reboot), and install and configure a workstation (including X) and connect it to a LAN, or a stand-alone PC via modem to the Internet. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam(s).
Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) COOL Snapshot page.

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Candidates must possess a current Microsoft Certification or qualification eligible for the MCT program, demonstrate instruction skills by holding an instructional skills certification or reference supporting at least one year of instructional experience. A full list of the qualifying Microsoft Certifications can be found on the Microsoft website.
Click here to go to GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) is an intermediate skill level credential for professionals responsible for handling and responding to incidents. The GCIH certifies the ability to detect, respond to, and resolve computer security incidents using a wide range of essential security skills. GCIHs know how to manage security incidents by understanding common attack techniques, vectors and tools, as well as defend against and respond to such attacks when they occur. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) is an advanced skill level credential that demonstrates a professional’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to configure and monitor intrusion detection systems, and to read, interpret, and analyze network traffic and related log files. There are no prerequisites for the GCIA certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to GIAC Security Expert (GSE) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Security Expert (GSE) is an advanced skill level certification for top security consultants and practitioners that is targeted to those pursuing an in-depth technical education in all areas of information security. Candidates must successfully complete three GIAC certifications with at least one Gold designation prior to earning the GSE. There are multiple combinations of prerequisite GIAC certification that will meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, candidates must have real world, hands on experience in relevant subject areas. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Security Essentials (GSEC) is an intermediate level certification that verifies a practitioner's knowledge of information security beyond basic terminology and concepts. GSECs are qualified to perform security-related hands-on IT systems roles. There are no prerequisites for the GSEC certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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 here to go to CompTIA Security+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an entry-level certification that demonstrates a candidates knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. It is recommended that candidates hold the Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.
Click here to go to GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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 here to go to GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) is an entry-level certification that demonstrates a professional's knowledge of security's foundation, computer functions and networking, introductory level cryptography, and cybersecurity technologies. GISFs demonstrate an understanding of fundamental information security concepts, including, threats and risks to information resources, and best practices that can be used to protect, and diversification of a protection strategy. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to ITIL Foundation Level COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

AXELOS, ITIL Foundation certification is an entry level certification which offers candidates a general awareness of the key elements, concepts, and terminology used in the ITIL service lifecycle, including the links between lifecycle stages, the processes used, and their contribution to service management practice. This certification is appropriate for those who require a basic understanding or the ITIL framework, those who need understanding of how ITIL can be used to enhance IT service management within an organization, and IT professionals who are working within an organization that has adopted and adapted ITIL who need to be informed about and thereafter contribute to an ongoing service improvement program. The Foundation examination tests candidates in their ability to understand the basic concepts of ITIL, describe them, and demonstrate basic comprehension of the ITIL practices. This certification is appropriate for IT service managers or those responsible for support, delivery and management of critical IT services and systems. There are no experience or education requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) certification is targeted to individuals with advanced-level security skills and knowledge. The CASP+ exam is designed to verify an applicant’s knowledge and skill in the areas of enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, and the integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines. Although there are no required pre-requisites, the CASP+ certification is intended to follow the CompTIA Security+ certification as the next step in security certifications. A minimum of 10 years of experience in IT administration with at least 5 years in hands-on technical security experience is recommended.
Click here to go to Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer. Students, those changing careers or just starting, or those exploring a technology career are best suited towards earning an MTA certification. The next step in the Microsoft certification path is Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS), which requires hands-on experience with the Microsoft technology platform. There are a number of MTA exams available in the area of IT infrastructure, database or developer. Passing one exam earns the MTA certification.

Note that individuals who already have an in-depth understanding of and hands-on experience with Microsoft technologies, might want to start with a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification or one of the Professional Series tracks. Please review the VA website to check which Microsoft exams in this certification track are eligible for GI Bill reimbursement.
Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 is a foundation level certification that validates an individual's mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies an individual for a position as a network of computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. Candidates must pass three exams related to installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012. There are no experience or educational requirements that must be met prior to taking the exams, however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.
Click here to go to General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), General Communications Technician Level 1 (GCT1) certification is an entry-level credential designed to cover the many areas encountered by radio communications technicians or engineers in the public safety communications or business/commercial radio field. The GCT1 certification is modeled after wide-ranging industry communication systems encompassing more specific detailed items along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines covering all disciplines in the COMT program. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) is an intermediate level certification that combines IT, engineering and cyber security to achieve security for industrial control systems from design through retirement. GICSP is a collaborative effort between GIAC and representatives from a global industry consortium involving organizations that design, deploy, operate and/or maintain industrial automation and control system infrastructure. GICSP validates a base level of knowledge and understanding across a diverse set of professionals who engineer or support control systems and share responsibility for the security of these environments. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) is an intermediate-level IT security credential. The CIPT is intended for IT professionals who are responsible for the development, engineering, deployment, or auditing of IT products and services. Earning the CIPT credential demonstrates knowledge of privacy-related issues and practices in the context of the design and implementation of information and communication technologies. There are no experiential or educational requirements for earning the CIPT; IAPP recommends that those pursuing the CIPT certification prepare for the exam.
Click here to go to GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification (GMON) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification (GMON) is an advanced level certification for security architects, engineers, analysts, and managers who assess and implement defensible security architecture and continuous security monitoring. GMON candidates must be able to securely architect a network that is resistant to breaches and lends itself to monitoring and monitor, analyze, and detect threats and anomalies on the network. GMON does not require any prerequisites or specific training. GMON candidates are required to pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 qualifies candidates for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on the path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). Candidates must pass three exams: Installation, Storage, and Computer with Windows Server 2016 (740), Networking with Windows Server 2016 (741), and Identity with Windows Server 2016 (742). There are no prerequisites to sit for the exams.
Click here to go to Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), while not formally a license or certification in and of itself, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation's maritime facilities and vessels. TSA conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person's eligibility and issues the credential. U.S. citizens and immigrants in certain immigration categories may apply for the credential.
Click here to go to CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA, Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) uses continuous security monitoring to apply behavioral analytics to devices and networks to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats. CySA+ certification validates that the professional has the knowledge and skills required to  leverage threat detection techniques and intelligence, find and address vulnerabilities, analyze and interpret data, recommend preventative actions, and successfully respond to and recover from incidents. While there is no required prerequisite, CySA+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CyberSec First Responder (CFR) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

CertNexus, CyberSec First Responder (CFR) is a mid-level certification for security professionals who are the first responders against cyber attacks. Candidates should be able to identify, respond to, protect against, and remediate malicious activities involving computing systems. Additionally, candidates should have the foundational knowledge to deal with a changing threat landscape and will be able to assess risk and vulnerabilities, acquire data, perform analysis, continuously communicate, determine scope, recommend remediation actions, and accurately report results. While there are no formal education or experience prerequisites, the certification is targeted to professionals with three to five years of experience working in a computing environment as part of a CERT/CSIRT/SOC who desire or are required to protect critical information systems before, during, and after an incident which may be a cybersecurity attack.
Click here to go to Information Technology Security (ITS) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Information Technology Security (ITS), certification covers all areas of cybersecurity for information technology. ITS-certified specialists are expected to have the major knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to perform the professional tasks associated with the development of security plans and processes for information technology and cybersecurity. The ITS certification identifies a specialist’s knowledge of computer hardware and software security measures as well as wireless communications security, device security, cryptography, social engineering, virus detection/mitigation, troubleshooting, disaster prevention/recovery and site risk analysis. ETA-I does not have eligibility requirements for the ITS certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Systems Inc., Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate (formerly CCNA Cyber Ops) certification is an entry-level certification in the area of cybersecurity. With a focus on basic security principles and concepts, the certifcation is targeted towards associate-level cybersecurity analysts within security operations centers. To earn the CyberOps Associate certifcation, candidates must pass two written exams requiring knowledge in the area of network and security concepts, security monitoring and analysis, and incident response and handling.  Although there are no formal pre-requisities, candidates should have a basic knowledge of computer operating systems and one to three years of experience. 


Click here to go to GIAC Certified Detection Analyst (GCDA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Detection Analyst (GCDA) is an intermediate-level cyber security certification. Candidates for the GCDA collect, analyze, and tactically use network and endpoint data sources to detect malicious or unauthorized activity. Candidates for the GCDA use tools including Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and use tools to turn attacker strengths into attacker weaknesses. No specific training is required for any GIAC certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certification for associate-level jobs in the IT industry.  Updated in 2020, the CCNA program covers a broad range of fundamental concepts including network fundamentals, security, and automation and programmability.  Although there are no formal experience or education prerequisites, a candidate is recommended to have one or more years experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions as well as an understanding of basic IP addressing and network fundamentals.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise is an intermediate-level certification for networking professionals.  The CCNP Enterprise certification program is designed to validate skills in core enterprise technologies and provide an opportunity to select a focus on emerging and industry specific topics.  To earn the CCNA Enterprise certification, candidates must pass a core exam and a concentration exam of their choosing.  The core exam focuses on knowledge of enterprise infrastructure including architecture, visualization, network assurance, security and automation.  While there are no prerequisites, candidates are recommended to have three to five years of experience implementing enterprise networking solutions.

In Demand

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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