2210 - Information Technology Management Series

Federal Occupation Description

Federal Occupation Description

This series covers two-grade interval administrative positions that manage, supervise, lead, administer, develop, deliver, and support information technology (IT) systems and services. This series covers only those positions for which the paramount requirement is knowledge of IT principles, concepts, and methods; e.g., data storage, software applications, networking. Information technology refers to systems and services used in the automated acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, assurance, or reception of information. Information technology includes computers, network components, peripheral equipment, software, firmware, services, and related resources. This series covers, but is not limited to, the following specialties: Policy and Planning - Work that involves a wide range of IT management activities that typically extend and apply to an entire organization or major components of an organization. This includes strategic planning, capital planning and investment control, workforce planning, policy and standards development, resource management, knowledge management, architecture and infrastructure planning and management, auditing, and information security management. Enterprise Architecture - Work that involves the analysis, planning, design, implementation, documentation, assessment, and management of the enterprise structural framework to align IT strategy, plans, and systems with the mission, goals, structure, and processes of the organization. Security - Work that involves ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools. Systems Analysis - Work that involves applying analytical processes to the planning, design, and implementation of new and improved information systems to meet the business requirements of customer organizations. Applications Software - Work that involves the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing applications software. Operating Systems - Work that involves the planning, installation, configuration, testing, implementation, and management of the systems environment in support of the organization's IT architecture and business needs. Network Services - Work that involves the planning, analysis, design, development, testing, quality assurance, configuration, installation, implementation, integration, maintenance, and/or management of networked systems used for the transmission of information in voice, data, and/or video formats. Data Management - Work that involves the planning, development, implementation, and administration of systems for the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of data. Internet - Work that involves the technical planning, design, development, testing, implementation, and management of Internet, intranet, and extranet activities, including systems/applications development and technical management of Web sites. This specialty only includes positions requiring the application of technical knowledge of Internet systems, services, and technologies. Systems Administration - Work that involves planning and coordinating the installation, testing, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of hardware and software systems. Customer Support - Work that involves the planning and delivery of customer support services, including installation, configuration, troubleshooting, customer assistance, and/or training, in response to customer requirements.

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 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GROUP, 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.

  • 2299 - Information Technology Student Trainee Series
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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 CompTIA Project+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Project+ is a certification for individuals who have fundamental project management skills. Project+ covers the entire project life cycle from initiation and planning through execution, acceptance, support and closure. Project+ demonstrates project managers have the skills necessary to complete projects on time and within budget, and create a common project management language among project team members. Project+ is appropriate for any managerial position across occupations. Although there are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam, one year of managing, directing or participating in small- to medium-scale projects is recommended.
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 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 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 Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Security COOL Snapshot page.

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.
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 Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
Click here to go to Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (CISSP-ISSAP) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
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 Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), EC Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) credential validates the skills-based competency of a penetration tester.  The ECSA, which builds on the Certified Ethical Hacker skills, covers the testing of modern infrastructures, operating systems, and application environments. Candidates must meet a combination of training and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) is ideal for IT, information security and information assurance practitioners and contractors seeking to prove their understanding of the RMF. It is evidence candidates have the advanced knowledge and technical ability to formalize processes to assess risk and establish security documentation. Candidates must pass a written exam and have at least two years of cumulative, paid work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the (ISC)² CAP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) is for expert-level network design engineers, expert-level network leads of IT infrastructure teams, and expert-level network leads of architecture teams working in job roles that require them to translate business needs, budget, and operational constraints into the design of a converged solution. There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE certification. Candidates are recommended to have at least 7 years of experience in Network Engineering or Advanced Network Design. Candidates must pass a 2-hour written qualification exam and an 8-hour practical exam. The written exam covers the topics of network design in the areas of routing, tunneling, Quality of Service (QoS), management cost, capacity, and security. The practical exam tests the candidate's ability to perform design analysis, justify design requirements, and develop a design implementation based on best practices. Only candidates that have a passing score on the CCDE Written Exam may register for the CCDE Practical Exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security) is a professional-level certification for candidates in job roles in security technologies. To earn the CCNP security, candidates must pass two exams: a core exam and a concentration exam of the candidate's choice. The core exam focuses on knowledge of security infrastructure. The concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. There are no formal prerequisites to sit for the CCNP Security exams; however, it is recommended that candidates have a three to five years of experience implementing security solutions.
Click here to go to Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
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 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 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 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 Cisco Certified Network Professional Collaboration (CCNP Collaboration) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Certified Network Professional Collaboration (CCNP Collaboration) is for collaboration and unified communications network engineers who want develop advanced collaboration skills designing, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco Collaboration and Unified communications applications, devices and networks. Candidates must successfully pass one core exam and one concentration exam to achieve certification. While there are no pre-requisites for CCNP Collaboration, candidates often have three to five years of experience implementing collaboration solutions.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Collaboration (CCIE Collaboration) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
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 Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Management and Analytics COOL Snapshot page.

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.
Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Productivity Solutions Expert COOL Snapshot page.

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.
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 Certified Network Defender (CND) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
Click here to go to Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Audience Manager Business Practitioner COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Audience Manager Business Practitioner certification is for candidates who have a minimum of 1-2 years of experience in the field of marketing technology and 3-6 months of experience with audience activation. Candidates should have experience with Boolean logic, digital marketing jargon, data analytics and strategies and knowledge of business objectives and KPIs, familiarity with digital marketing technology stacks and various platform integrations, and an understanding of data flows (ID types, ID syncs, pixel tracking). Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Analytics Business Practitioner COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Analytics Business Practitioner certification is for candidates who have a minimum of two years' experience in digital analytics. Typically, candidates have a marketing background or come from a marketing role, but can come from a variety of job roles, possess and in-depth understanding of digital analytics metrics and dimensions, understand the business value of web technologies, can translate business requirements into metrics or KPIs, build and interpret reports, communicate results and can propose a course of action based on analysis of reports. Additionally, candidates hould also have at least one year of Adobe Analytics hands-on experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Analytics Developer COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Analytics Developer certification is for candidates who have a minimum of 1-2 years of experience deploying and configuring Adobe Analytics, at least six months of Analytics reporting experience, and at least six months experience deploying tag management systems including performance implications. The target audience for this certification includes implementation specialists/engineers, developers, and architects. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Target Analyst COOL Snapshot page.

The Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Target Analyst is intended for Implementation Specialists, Engineers, and Analysts. It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of one year experience as a digital analyst and have an advanced level of knowledge of statistical concepts and data analysis, and how they pertain to the capabilities of the Target tool and at least two years experience with optimization Testing programs. Candidates must pass two written exams.
Click here to go to Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Target Business Practitioner COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Target Business Practitioner certification is for individuals who can create and manage the activities delivered with the Target tool and recommend the best ways to use the tool to solve a given problem or problems. Candidates must have at least two years of experience with optimization platforms, including Adobe Target and leading/contributing optimization programs. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) COOL Snapshot page.

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.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise COOL Snapshot page.

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.

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