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Cyber Security Officers

Cybersecurity and Information Technology

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Work Environment

Cyber security officers work in offices or in command and control centers on land or aboard ships.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,938 - $215,609


Cyber security officers are responsible for protecting military networks and the country against cyber attacks from enemy forces. Cyber security officers provide the Military with a source of expertise for the proper employment, support, and defense of strategic and tactical information networks. They oversee information assurance programs and help protect our nation’s cyber capabilities.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Cyber security officers may have an education in computer science or a related field. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. In addition cyber security officers receive specialized training both on-the-job and in the classroom. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Team leadership
  • Analyzing information
  • Preparing technical products
  • Planning and systems employment for DoD information networks
  • Defensive cyberspace operations
  • Advanced communication architectures
  • Project and contract management

Helpful Attributes

  • Good organizational and management skills
  • Interest in cyber warfare/security techniques and strategies
  • Interest in technical work

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