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Cyber Workforce Development

Armstrong Cyber Workforce Development Program

Armstrong's Center for Applied Cyber Education (CACE) has partnered with The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to further enhance our focus on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of CACE and NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. Securing, protecting and defending our nation’s cybersecurity data and infrastructure requires a responsive, extensive, and highly trained workforce. CACE has established the Armstrong Cyber Workforce Development Program to help enhance the Cyber Academic Offerings already available. The ACWDP is intended to help develop the national cyber workforce as defined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) through the offering of industry certifications to allow Armstrong students, workers seeking a career change or enhancement in skills, and industry partners seeking to train their workforce to further build towards an increased population of Cyber Workforce Professionals. Industry certifications that increase skills in risk management, digital forensics, penetration testing, and disaster recovery are but a few in the ever growing program. We have established partnerships with industry certification providers to allow us to provide for ever increasing skill development for those in need.

Scott Scheidt, Director of Armstrong's Center for Applied Cyber Education, discusses the Center's workforce development concerns.

Job Outlook News

Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk. Every year in the U.S. there are 128,000 openings for Information Security Analysts, but only 88,000 workers currently employed in those positions – a talent shortfall of 40,000 workers for cybersecurity’s largest job. There are 220,000 additional openings requesting cybersecurity-related skills, and employers are struggling to find workers who possess them. Jobs requesting cloud security skills, for example, remain open 96 days on average – longer than any other IT skill. Cybersecurity talent gaps exist across the country. Closing these gaps requires detailed knowledge of the cybersecurity workforce in your region.                               

                    Interactive Job Map                                                                Interactive Career Pathway

                    

Check out the national heat map and career pathway recommendations at CyberSeek.org

Cyber Workforce Certifications

The fields of Risk Management, Digital Forensics, Penetration Testing, and Incident Handling are just some of the top career areas Armstrong offers technical skill certification support for in addition to our Cyber Academic training programs.

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This will allow Armstrong to bring you, vendor neutral industry certification options that will make you a desired professional in the cybersecurity career field you choose.  Our courses are accredited to the  NSA CNSS 4011-4016 standard and are approved on Homeland Security's NICCS training schedule. As well, our training meets the FBI’s preferred cyber security certification requirements. We have numerous Armstrong graduates that have received industry certification training through our programs that have applied for and been accepted to FBI Analyst training programs. Our CompTIA Academy Partner status allows to training faculty, students, and anyone in need of cyber workforce development training through help with course material and purchase of vouchers for taking the CompTIA exams. The following areas will give you more details about our current cyber workforce development training opportunities. 

Cyber Workforce Career Certification Roadmap 

Click on the links in the provided to get information on the length of training, topics covered, and cost.

Career Area Fundamental Courses Foundational Courses   Specialized Courses   Advanced Courses  
IS Management Leadership   Certified Security Principles C)SP   Certified Information Systems Security Officer C)ISSO   Top 20 Information Systems Controls - IS20   Certified Security Leadership Officer C)SLO
Risk Management Certified Information Systems Security Manager C)ISSM   Certified Information Systems Security Risk Manager C)ISRM   NA Information Systems Certification and Accreditation Professional ISCAP
Incident Handling Certified Security Principles C)SP Certified Information Systems Security Officer C)ISSO Certified Incident Handling Engineer C)IHE NA
Forensics Certified Security Principles C)SP Certified Digital Forensics Examiner C)DFE Certified Virtual Forensics Examiner C)VFE Certified Network Forensics Examiner C)NFE
Disaster Recovery Certified Security Principles C)SP Certified Information Systems Security Officer C)ISSO Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer C)DRE NA
Application and Secure Code Certified Security Principles C)SP Certified Information Systems Security Officer C)ISSO Certified Secure Web Application Engineer C)SWAE   NA
Penetration Testing and Hacking   Certified Vulnerability Assessor C)VA Certified Professional Ethical Hacker C)PEH Certified Penetration Testing Engineer C)PTE Certified Penetration Testing Consultation C)PTC
Healthcare Certified Security Principles C)SP Certified Information Systems Security Officer C)ISSO Certified Healthcare Information Systems Security Practitioner C)HISSP   NA
Wireless Security Certified Security Principles C)SP Certified Information Systems Security Officer C)ISSO Certified Wireless Security Engineer C)WSE NA
Auditing Certified Security Principles C)SP Certified Information Systems Security Officer C)ISSO

Certified Information Security Management Systems—Lead Implementer C)ISMS-LI

Certified Information Security Management Systems—Lead Auditor C)ISMS-LA

Certified Information Systems Security Auditor C)ISSA

Each of these Self-study packages in the roadmap gives you 12-month access to study the course content in your training account and then take the exam whenever you would like. Whether 3 days or 12 months, it is up to you and how fast you finish based on your life schedule. This is excellent for those who need flexible hours to help further their education.

Virtual Lab Training

The Center for Applied Cyber Education is committed to providing the best opportunities fo cyber workforce technical skill training. As we all know many of the skills required in this area are perishable and require a way to stay up to date and fresh on skills and changes.

Fundamentals of Information Security

This virtual lab environment has 16 labs that are mapped to the CompTIA Security+ domain framework. Purchasing an access key will provide you 24 hour a day access for 6 months to a learning environment that is similar to the performance-based portion of the Security+ exam. The structure of this course is not intended to teach you the domains of Security+, but rather give you an inexpensive environment to test your skills if already certified or to prepare for the exam.

Fundamentals of Ethical Hacking

This virtual lab environment has 15 labs that are mapped to the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker domain framework. Purchasing an access key will provide you 24 hour a day access for 6 months to a learning environment that is similar to the performance-based portion of the CEH exam. The structure of this course is not intended to teach you the domains of CEH, but rather give you an inexpensive environment to test your skills if already certified or to prepare for the exam.

   ITEC 4200: Cyber Security II Spring 2017

This virtual lab environment was specifically designed for your learning experience by Professor Frank Katz utilizing InfoSec learning virtual modeling capabilities. Purchasing this access key will provide you 24 hour a day access for 6 months to the learning environment designed for your Cyber Security II course.

  ITEC 4800: Network Security Spring 2017

This virtual lab environment was specifically designed for your learning experience by Professor Frank Katz utilizing InfoSec Learning virtual modeling capabilities. Purchasing this access key will provide you 24 hour a day access for 6 months to the learning environment designed for your Network Security course.

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(July 12, 2016) – Armstrong State University’s Center for Applied Cyber Education recently held the 2016 Summer Cyber Camp in conjunction with the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Camp curriculum, awarding $95,000 worth of cybersecurity certification scholarships to 16 rising high school juniors and seniors. Fourteen students were local, representing seven schools in the Savannah community. Camp sponsors included Mile2 Cyber Security Certifications and the U.S. Army ROTC, 6th Brigade.

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