MOS 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst

MOS Description

The signals intelligence analyst supervises and performs analysis and reporting of intercepted foreign communications and non-communications at all echelons. Assists in the collection management process. Produces combat, strategic, and tactical intelligence reports. For more information on MOS 35N, see this Army website.

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Skill Level

The Skill Level reflects the level, based on MOS training and/or experience, the Soldier should be the most prepared to successfully earn the credential. See the Table Legend for details about each level.

Star

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improves the MOS technical proficiency.

Mandatory

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CA Eligible

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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

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

Other

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN) certification is for individuals responsible for installing, configuring, and securing Microsoft Windows clients and servers. Candidates should have the knowledge and skills needed to configure and manage the security of Microsoft operating systems and applications, including: PKI, IPSec, Group Policy, AppLocker, DNSSEC, PowerShell, and hardening Windows against malware and persistent adversaries. There are no formal education or experience requirements associated with this certification. Training is available but not required. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Wireless Communications Electronics Technician (WCM) certification is a journeyman-level credential for wireless technicians. The WCM certification is targeted toward professionals performing installation, maintenance and repair of mobile and fixed radio communications systems. Candidates seeking the ETA-I WCM credential are required to have a basic education in fundamental electronics and must pass the Associate (CETa) exam before qualifying to sit for the Journeyman level certification exam. However, candidates who hold a valid FCC GROL and either an ETA-I Associate CET (CETa), General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) or Journeyman CET certification are eligible to rollover to an ETA-I Wireless Communications (WCM) certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The ASIS International, Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) certification provides demonstrable proof of knowledge and experience in case management, evidence collection, and preparation of reports and testimony to substantiate findings. Earning a PCI provides independent confirmation of specialized skills in security investigations, including case evaluation and review of options for case management strategies. It validates a candidate's ability to collect information through the effective use of surveillance, interviews, and interrogations. Candidates must meet experience and/or education requirements and pass an examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The ASIS International, Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification is designed for individuals whose primary responsibilities are to conduct physical security surveys, design integrated security systems that include equipment, procedures, and people; or install, operate or maintain those systems and who have demonstrated in-depth operational knowledge and competence in this area. Candidates must meet academic and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA), Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) performs general technology solution tasks by creating, operating, and servicing network-based AV solutions, while conducting AV management activities which provide for the best audiovisual resolutions of the client's needs, both on time and within budget. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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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.

 

 

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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Security recognizes individuals who have the knowledge and skills to implement, maintain and support extensive Cisco Network Security Solutions using the latest industry best practices and technologies. Candidates are encouraged to have three to five years of job experience. Candidates must pass a written qualification exam, which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands, and then must pass a hands-on lab exam, which tests the ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc (SBE), Certified AM Directional Specialist is an intermediate-level credential. SBE Specialist crtifications require that candidates hold an SBE Engineer certification- the Broadcast Engineer, Senior Broadcast Engineer or Professional Broadcast Engineer Certification. The AM Directional Specialist certification evaluated an individual's ability to perform the necessary tasks to keep facilities operating properly. Candidates must have knowledge of AM radiators, understanding of the principles of phase addition and cancellation, familiarity with the various components used in a directional antenna system, and ability to correctly make necessary measurements and take proper procedures to make repairs and adjustments to the system. Candidates must pass an exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Imaging & Geospatial Information Society (ASPRS), Certified GIS/LIS Technologist certification is designed for technicians who integrate an assortment of spatial data sets into a GIS format designed for graphic output or analysis. Although routine, the work is technical and demands a high degree of skill. Candidates must meet experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam following peer review and approval.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) validates the skills of information technology professionals who apply computer investigation and analysis techniques to determine potential legal evidence. The crimes can include theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud. CHFIs demonstrate data recovery skills, which are needed to uncover data in a computer system, or recover encrypted, deleted or damaged file information. The certification target audience includes defense and military personnel, e-Business security professionals, systems administrators, legal professionals, banking, insurance, IT managers, government agencies, and law enforcement personnel. Candidates must meet a combination of training and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks (GAWN) certification is an intermediate level certification designed for technologists, auditors, network administrators and penetration-testers who are responsible for assessing the security of wireless networks. The GAWN certification focuses on the different security mechanisms for wireless networks, the tools and techniques used to evaluate and exploit weaknesses, and techniques used to analyze wireless networks. There are no formal education or experience requirements associated with this certification. Training is available but not required. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The ISACA, Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certification is for individuals who manage and provide advisory and assurance services that support the governance of an enterprise’s IT. CGEIT candidates must have five or more years of experience managing, serving in an advisory or oversight role, and/or otherwise supporting the governance of the IT-related contribution to an enterprise, including a minimum of one year of experience relating to the definition, establishment and management of a Framework for the Governance of IT. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Red Hat, Inc., Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) credential measures actual competency via a performance-based evaluation of knowledge in system administration of a wide range of deployment scenarios and environments. Candidates must pass a realistic performance-based lab exam that evaluates ability to: understand and use essential tools, operate running systems, configure local storage, create and configure file systems, deploy/configure/maintain systems, manage users, and groups, and manage security.
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The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT) is an intermediate-level certification for individuals responsible for finding security vulnerabilities in web applications. GWAPTs understand web application exploits and penetration testing methodology. Candidates for the GWAPT are not required to meet formal education or experiential requirements, and though GIAC offers training, it is optional. GWAPT candidates are required to pass an exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) is an advanced level certification designed for candidates who possess the knowledge and skills to analyze and reverse-engineer malicious software that targets common platforms, as well as how to examine inner-workings of malware in the context of forensic investigations, incident response, and Windows system administration. GREM is targeted toward System and Network Administrators, Auditors, Security Consultants, and Security Managers responsible for protecting an organization from malicious code. GREM does not require any prerequisites or specific training. GREM candidates are required to pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The NCMS Society of Industrial Security Professionals, Industrial Security Professional (ISP) certification focuses on the highly specific needs of the Industrial Security Professional and their government counterparts. ISPs are required to follow the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) and related government security requirements that relate to the protection of government classified information. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Solaris 11 System Administrator certification is designed to begin with individuals who possess a strong foundation in the administration of the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System at the entry level. The OCA certification covers essential system administration skills such as managing local disk devices, managing file systems, installing and removing Solaris packages and patches, performing system boot procedures and system processes. Certification provides a solid foundation on which to base continued learning. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. Candidates are required to pass an exam to obtain the certification.
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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Solaris 11 System Administrator certification is designed for individuals at the professional level who have expanded their mastery of the administration of the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System from the base-level of skills and have a fundamental understanding of the UNIX operating system, commands, and utilities. The OCP certification covers system administration skills such as configuring network interfaces, managing swap configurations, crash dumps, and core files. Certification provides a solid foundation on which to base continued learning. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. Candidates are required to be certified at the Oracle Certified Associate level before they are begin the OCP certification process. Candidates must also complete a course delivered by Oracle University Training Center, Oracle Authorized Education Center, Oracle Authorized Partner, Oracle Acadmy, or Oracle Workforce Development Program. Once the training course is completed, candidates are required to pass an exam to obtain the certification.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) is an intermediate level certification for professionals who need or want to understand computer forensic for work in the information security, legal and law enforcement industries. The GCFE focuses on core skills required to collect and analyze data from Windows computer systems. It demonstrates that candidates have the skills necessary to conduct typical incident investigations, including e-Discovery, forensic analysis and reporting, evidence acquisition, browser forensics and tracing user and application activities on Windows systems. There are no formal education or experience requirements associated with the GCFE certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) is an advanced level credential. CBAPs are experts in business analysis in multiple business domains  with the ability to work on more complex projects, work with stakeholders to define and manage business requirements and drive business processes . Candidates must meet experience and educational requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), Certification of Capablity in Business Analysis (CCBA) is an advanced level credential. CCBAs are skilled Business Analysts that have experience within business analysis and desire larger and more complex projects. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and professional development requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB) is an intermediate level certification for security personnel who protect systems and networks and secure mobile devices that are accessing vital information. GMOB certification holders have demonstrated knowledge about assessing and managing mobile device and application security, as well as mitigating against malware and stolen devices. There are no formal education or experience requirements associated with this certification. Training is available but not required. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Informs, Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) is a vendor and software neutral entry-level credential for professionals who are educated in data science and analytics. The aCAP is for recent graduates or entry level practitioners who lack the experience that is essential to earn the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification. The aCAP is focused on seven domains of the analytics process: Business Problem Framing, Analytics Problem Framing, Data, Methodology Selection, Model Building, Deployment, and Lifecycle Management. Candidates must meet education requirements. 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.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) program is sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) to professionalize the defense intelligence workforce by establishing a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who serve and support, and those who hope to serve and support, in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC is based on the Defense Intelligence Fundamentals standards, which are cross-cutting and enterprise-wide, and depict the Department’s core expectations of what all Defense Intelligence Professionals, regardless of Service/Agency, Function/Specialty and experience level, must know and/or be able to do to successfully execute and/or contribute to the execution of intelligence missions, functions, and activities at the fundamental level. The IFPC will also serve to ensure incoming defense intelligence professionals meet knowledge standards. IFPC candidates must meet minimum eligibility requirements and pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: varies

The Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) is an intermediate-level certification that validates an individual has the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students. Educators will demonstrate that they are able to incorporate the 21st Century Learning Design (21st CLD) skills identified in the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project into learning activities using Microsoft tools for education. Candidates must pass one exam to earn certification. There are no prerequisites to sit for the exam; however, Microsoft offers a comprehensive e-learning curriculum, 21CLD, to help educators prepare for this rigorous exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), Certified Network Defender (CND) certification program focuses on creating Network Administrators who are trained to protect against, detect, and respond to network threats. Network administrators are typically familiar with network components, traffic, performance and utilization, network topology, location of each system, security policy, etc. CNDs  demonstrate fundamental understanding of the true construct of data transfer, network technologies, software technologies, network operations, what software is automating and how to analyze the subject material. Candidates must meet training or experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA PenTest+ certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope an assessment, understand legal and compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, analyze data, and effectively report and communicate results. Candidates are recommended to have Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge and a minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. While there is no required prerequisite, PenTest+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The ASIS International, Association Protection Professional (APP) is an entry-level certification for security managers. APPs are knowledgeable of security fundamentals, business operations, risk management, and response management. Candidates must meet education and/or experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Enterprise Infrastructure certification validates the skills required of expert-level network engineers surrounding complex enterprise infrastructure solutions. Candidates are encouraged to have five to seven years of experience designing, deploying, operating and optimizing enterprise networking solutions prior to attempting the exam. Candidates must pass a written qualification exam, which covers core enterprising networking concepts, and then must pass the corresponding hands-on lab exam which covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex enterprise networks from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

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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