0080 - Security Administration Series

Federal Occupation Description

Federal Occupation Description

This series covers positions the primary duties of which are analytical, planning, advisory, operational, or evaluative work that has as its principal purpose the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, training, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, espionage, sabotage, or loss. Duties involve the management, supervision, or performance of work in: (1) developing, evaluating, maintaining, and/or operating systems, policies, devices, procedures, and methods used for safeguarding information, property, personnel, operations, and materials; and/or (2) developing and implementing policies and procedures for analyzing and evaluating the character, background, and history of employees, candidates for employment, and other persons having or proposed to be granted access to classified or other sensitive information, materials, or work sites. (Note: This series does not include police work as described in the Police Series, 0083.)

For job opportunities in this series, go to the Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS website.

Other Federal Occupations

It is not uncommon for individuals in one federal occupational series to perform duties related to another series within the same federal occupational group. To find out about the certifications for another series in the MISCELLANEOUS OCCUPATIONS GROUP (NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED), click on that series below. Note that credentials have not yet been identified for all series – links are provided only to those series for which the identification of credentials has been completed. Additional series will be added over time.

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Click here to go to Certified Protection Professional (CPP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The ASIS International, Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification is for security management professionals who demonstrate knowledge and competency in all areas of security management. CPP candidates must have been employed full-time in a security-related role and meet education and/or experience requirements, which include at least three years of experience in responsible charge of a security function. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
Click here to go to GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
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 Physical Security Professional (PSP) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
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 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 Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding of and ability to apply risk management and security program management concepts, principles, and practices. Candidates must be conferred the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC).
Click here to go to GIAC Certified Project Manager Certification (GCPM) COOL Snapshot page.

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Project Manager Certification (GCPM) is a mid-level certification designed for security professionals, project leads, and managers. The GCPM demonstrates an understanding of and the ability to lead project teams, technical project management methodology, and its implementation. The GCPM affirms the critical skill sets associated with making projects successful, including effective communication, time, cost, quality, procurement and risk management of IT projects and application development. There is no specific training required for the GCPM. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding of foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully perform functions, implement programs, and pursue missions to protect DoD assets. The SFPC is a prerequisite for the Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC).
Click here to go to Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's ability to apply foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully perform functions, implement programs, and pursue missions to protect DoD assets. The SAPPC is ideal for personnel who will be or are already performing security functions as an additional and/or embedded duty on behalf of (and as specified by) a DoD Component. The certification is also ideal for personnel who are working toward or already occupy full-time security positions for which attainment of this certification has been deemed a requirement or a professional development milestone. The SAPPC is the second of four certifications within the SPeD Certification Program. To obtain the SAPPC, candidates must already be a recipient of the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC).
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 Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Adjudicator Professional Certification (APC) is required for all Personnel Security Adjudicators in the DoD Consolidated Adjudication Facility, DoD Intelligence Community Central Adjudication Facilities, and personnel security adjudicators employed by an agency accepted to participate in the program.
Click here to go to Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) assessment measures individuals understanding of industrial security skills in implementing the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), as well as ability to perform other industrial security functions, including facility security and conducting facility surveys and inspections.
Click here to go to Physical Security Certification (PSC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), Physical Security Certification (PSC) is a part of Department of Defense's (DoD) Security Professional Education Development (SPeD) Certification Program. PSC is ideal for DoD, Industry, and federal members performing physical security functions. PSC assesses foundational knowledge in the following areas of expertise: physical security concepts; physical security standards; standards, countermeasures, and planning; and physical security planning and implementation. Candidates must be a DoD personnel or a federal employee or contractor assigned to a security position to be eligible for the exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Due Process Adjudicator Professional Credential (DPAPC) web page.

The Due Process Adjudicator Professional Credential (DPAPC) provides the recognition and official record of an individual's demonstrated understanding and application of occupational and technical knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to proficiently perform essential due process adjudicator tasks (i.e., writing SORs, evaluating responses to SOR, recommending eligibility determinations or other functions following evaluation of responses to SORs).
Click here to go to Special Program Security Certification (SPSC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Special Program Security Certification (SPSC) is ideal for personnel who will be or are already performing Security Officer functions for and/or on behalf of the Department of Defense Special Access Programs. Candidates must be conferred the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC).
Click here to go to Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The NCS4 Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) credential is a mid-level security certification. CSSPs are individuals at the middle and upper levels of organizations and who are in leadership roles responsible for the planning and overall security operations of sport venues and events have the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform their job. The CSSP certification focuses on advancing the sports safety and security industry by addressing the competency requirements of current security professionals and those related professionals in law enforcement, emergency management, government, public safety, human resources, and operations specialists, among others. Candidates must have a minimum of 8 years of experience working in a comprehensive safety and security management position and a minimum of 50 contact hours directly relating to sports/special event safety and security management. A four-year degree may be substituted for 4 years of experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.

In Demand

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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 rating (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 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

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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Registered Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Go to the Apprenticeship Finder and enter career path or location to find apprenticeship opportunities.

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