AOC 26B Information Systems Engineering

AOC Description

Information Systems Engineering provides the Army with a corps of highly skilled information and cybersecurity systems professionals. They lead Soldiers and organizations, manage enterprise information systems and services, and implement cybersecurity measures to protect information on the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) in support of mission command. They plan, implement, and manage the integration of enterprise services such as active directory, database management, configuration management, e-mail, web-based applications, and collaboration services into a seamless information environment. The Information Systems Engineering officer enables a dynamic information services environment by ensuring appropriate cybersecurity controls and measures are in place and actively maintained. They are essential information systems and services experts that specify, design, implement, document, test, virtualize, troubleshoot, deploy information networks and apply cybersecurity solutions. They support defensive cyberspace operations (DCO) and assist in the planning and synchronizing of defensive cyberspace operations response actions (DCO-RA) focused on the protection of information systems and enterprise services.

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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.

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CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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

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Some

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

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (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

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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 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.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP), Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) is a base certification for Enterprise Wi-Fi within the CWNP family of certifications. Candidates must have an understanding of the fundamentals of RF behavior and the ability to describe the features and functions of WLAN components as they apply to WLAN administration. CWNA candidates must have the skills needed to install, configure, and troubleshoot WLAN hardware peripherals and protocols in small business and enterprise deployments. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP), Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) is an expert level Wi-Fi certification for the most elite Wi-Fi professionals. The CWNE certification validates that candidates have mastered all relevant skills to administer, install, configure, troubleshoot, and design wireless network systems. Candidates must have knowledge in areas including, protocol analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, performance and QoS analysis, spectrum analysis and management, and advanced design. Candidates must meet experience and other requirements. Candidates must pass four Certified Wireless Network Professional certification exams (CWNA, CWSP, CWAP and CWDP).
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Renewal Period: 1 year

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) certification is an intermediate level credential that validates a practitioner's knowledge of the eight domains of cybersecurity knowledge as determined by (ISC)2. GISP certification holders will be able to demonstrate knowledge of asset security, communications and network security, identity and access management, security and risk management, security assessment and testing, security engineering, security operation, and software development security. 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 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.
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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.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) is an advanced skill level certification that demonstrates a practitioner's ability to apply basic risk analysis techniques and to perform technical audits of essential information systems. GSNAs understand network, perimeter, and application auditing as well as risk assessment and reporting. There are no prerequisites for the GSNA certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP) is an advanced skill level information security certification. CISSP-ISSMP contains deeper managerial elements such as project management, risk management, setting up and delivering a security awareness program, and managing a Business Continuity Planning program. A CISSP-ISSMP establishes, presents, and governs information security policies and procedures that are supportive to overall business goals. Typically, the CISSP-ISSMP certification holder or candidate will be responsible for constructing the framework of the information security department and define the means of supporting the group internally. Candidates must have two years of experience in one or more of the five domains of the CISSP-ISSMP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) and hold the CISSP certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CERT-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) certification program is targeted to computer network incident handling professionals, computer security incident response team (CSIRT) members and technical staff, system and network administrators with incident handling experience, incident handling trainers and educators, and cyber security technical staff. One or more years of experience in incident handling and/or equivalent security-related experience.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (CISSP-ISSAP) is an advanced skill level information security certification. The architect plays a key role within the information security department with responsibilities that functionally fit between the C-suite and upper managerial level and the implementation of the security program and generally develop, design, or analyze the overall security plan. Although this role may typically be tied closely to technology this is not necessarily the case, and is fundamentally the consultative and analytical process of information security. The CISSP-ISSAP is an appropriate credential for Chief Security Architects and Analysts. Candidates must have two years experience in one or more of the six domains of the CISSP-ISSAP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) and hold the CISSP certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (CISSP-ISSEP) is an advanced skill level information security certification. The CISSP-ISSEP was developed in conjunction with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for systems security engineering professionals. CISSP-ISSEP is a guide for incorporating security into projects, applications, business processes, and all information systems. Security professionals may need workable methodologies and best practices that can be used to integrate security into all facets of business operations. The SSE model covered in the certification is a guide to the field of information security and the incorporation of security into all information systems. Candidates must have two years professional experience in one or more of the five domains of the CISSP-ISSEP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) and hold the CISSP certification.
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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program certifies professionals who are responsible for securing (or testing the security of) computer networks from a vendor-neutral perspective. A Certified Ethical Hacker understands how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in networks and/or computer systems, and, lawfully and at the request of an organization, uses the same tools as a malicious hacker. The CEH is appropriate for security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and others who may be concerned about the integrity of their organizations network infrastructure. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification is ideal for software development and security professionals responsible for applying best practices to each phase of the SDLC – from software design and implementation to testing and deployment.  Candidates are required to have a minimum of four years of cumulative paid Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) professional work experience in one or more of the eight domains of the (ISC)² CSSLP CBK, or three years of cumulative paid SDLC professional work experience in one or more of the eight domains of the CSSLP CBK with a four-year degree leading to a Baccalaureate, or regional equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) or related fields.
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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.
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Click here to go to Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The ISACA, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification is for individuals experienced in the management of IT risk and the design, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of IS controls. CRISC candidates must have a minimum of at least three years of cumulative work experience performing the tasks of a CRISC professional across at least two of the four CRISC domains. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Collaboration (CCIE Collaboration) certification is for Collaboration Architects, Unified Communications Architects, or Voice and Video Network Managers who are responsible for the design, implementation, and troubleshooting of complex collaboration solutions. The certification is an expert-level certification that ensures candidates gain knowledge and experience in collaboration solutions integration and interoperation, configuration, and troubleshooting in complex networks and the challenges of video, mobility, and presence as the foundation for workplace collaboration solutions. There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. Candidates are strongly encouraged to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing collaboration technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

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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: 4 years

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Network Forensic Analyst (GNFA) is an advanced level certification that recognizes a candidate's ability to perform examinations employing network forensic artifact analysis. GNFA candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of network forensics, normal and abnormal conditions for common network protocols, the process and tools used to examine device and system logs, wireless communication and encrypted protocols. GNFA does not require any prerequisites or specific training. GNFA candidates are required to pass a written exam.
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Click here to go to Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

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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.
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Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Management and Analytics demonstrates one's broad skill set in SQL administration, building enterprise-scale data solutions, and leveraging business intelligence data—both on-premises and in cloud environments. Earning an MCSE: Data Management and Analytics certification qualifies one for such jobs as database analyst, database designer, and business intelligence analyst. Candidates must hold the MCSA in SQL Server 2012/2014, SQL 2016 Database Administration, Database Development, BI Development, Machine Learning, BI Reporting or Data Engineering with Azure prior to sitting for the exam. Candidates must pass one of several exam options to earn the MCSE: Data Management and Analytics.
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The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Productivity certification validates that one has the skills needed to move a company to the cloud, increase user productivity and flexibility, reduce data loss, and improve data security for an organization. Earning an MCSE: Productivity certification qualifies one for a position in network and computer systems administration. Candidates must hold the MCSA: Office 365, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, or MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification prior to sitting for the exam. Candidates must pass one exam to earn the MCSE: Productivity certification.
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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 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. 


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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations certification demonstrates an individual's expertise in Microsoft Dynamics 365 technologies to implement the basic technical and development tasks required to customize Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. This audience typically includes technical consultants, programmers, and IT personnel. Earning an MCSA: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations provides the foundation for a position as a Dynamics 365 developer, solution architect, or implementer. Candidates must pass two exams to achieve certification. There are no prerequisites to sit for the exams.
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The Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Experience Manager Dev/Ops Engineer certification is for DevOps Specialists, Operations Specialists, Senior Technical Consultants, Technical Operations Specialists, System Engineers, Application Engineers, Architects, Cloud Engineers, AEM Developers, Technical Managers, System Administrators, Infrastructure Engineers, and System Reliability Engineers. This certification validates a candidate's technical skills and expertise. Candidates must meet experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The AWS Certified Security Specialty certification is intended for individuals who perform a security role. This certification validates an examinee’s ability to effectively demonstrate knowledge about securing the AWS platform. It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of five years of IT security experience, designing and implementing security solutions and at least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads.
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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.
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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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