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  • Last I saw, Security+ was a minimum requirement for a lot of WPAFB contractor jobs. CISSP is something that takes a LONG time to achieve and is intentionally difficult. I would argue that if you can get that cert, private sector is going to be much more lucrative and rewarding than government contracting would be.

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  • Bill, funny you should mention Wright-Pat.  I live about 50 minutes from there so that's the location I'd most likely be looking for work in/on.  Not too many MACOMs out here in Ohio...

    I will look into Sec+ though.  I heard it's good to demonstrate basic Information Assurance knowledge.  I think I also read somewhere that the CCNA Security fulfills some other government security competency requirement.  Anyone know something about that?

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  • I'm just down i-675 in Miamisburg. WPAFB is about 15 mins drive. Air Force Material Command I believe still has a large IT wing stationed there, and IIRC, that's where LPS linux was born too:

    http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htmOpens a new window - scroll to the bottom, outreach email.

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  • Thanks Bill.  I can't access that site though...

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  • Phil Denton wrote:

    Thanks Bill.  I can't access that site though...

    You can't? it's not a private site or anything. I'm assuming you have a web filter that may be blocking it?

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  • Yeah, probably my pesky Meraki MX60 :)

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  • We deal with this every day!

    https://www.isc2.org/dodmandate/Default.aspxOpens a new window

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  • Nick, how common are the different designations - Level 1 vs. 2 vs 3?  How far would one need to go in order to be allowed onto most projects?

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  • See PM.

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  • Every position is different.  Basically it goes:

    Basic tech: level one

    Systems-level:  level two or three

    Supervisory/"root"-type:  mostly level three.

    That's pretty broad, and it varies between services and even bases/commands!   Dig into position descriptions (clearancejobs.com has TONS) to get more details.

    The hardest part can be the clearance.  Several positions require you to already have it.  So don't be shocked, and be prepared for dig for a while to find those that will take you on and get a clearance started, or in some cases shooting for lower-level work to at least get on the payroll (can be easier to get someone to start a clearance for you at that point).

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  • IA and S+ are mandatory for any kind of DOD systems work even most help desk jobs it's mandatory. It's not so much the cert but it's dod ia 8570 (think that's it) at least level 2. CISSP is a funny thing. Soldiers can take it in the military then take the course for free essentially.

    You are right though I'd say 80% of the dod is Cisco products these days. They have played a gigantic role in the modernization of it all. So any Cisco cert will help but in most cases not mandatory. Just be ready to know everything about securing a network and be ready to have people be extremely strict about network policies. Some of this stuff people have gone to jail over.

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