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Cyber Security Specialists

Cybersecurity and Information Technology

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Work Environment

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

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Cyber security specialists are responsible for protecting military networks and the country against cyber attacks from enemy forces. These specialists monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity in the cyberspace domain. They also perform deliberate actions to strengthen information systems and networks, perform vulnerability assessments, and respond to incidents. Cyber security specialists may focus on a specific type of information system, coordinating with network and system administrators, to ensure the security of Department of Defense information networks.

Military Training

Like all enlisted personnel, cyber security specialists complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Cyber security specialists in the Military receive advanced training. Starting with extensive technical preparation in everything from database design to computer networking to communications systems, skills continue to be enhanced through classroom and on-the-job instruction. Training content may include:

  • Conducting defensive cyberspace operations
  • Conducting offensive cyberspace operations
  • Operating automated data processing (ADP) equipment 
  • Analyzing information and preparing technical products and time sensitive reports
  • Developing and maintaining analytical and operational working aids and databases
  • Installating and configuring networks
  • Caring, maintaining, and using networking software tools/equipment

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to understand and apply math concepts
  • Interest in solving problems
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Related Civilian Careers

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Computer Programmers
  • Information Security Analysts
Army Careers: Cyber Operations Specialist

Army Cyber Operations Specialist is an in-demand role tasked with protecting Military and critical infrastructure from malicious attackers, both foreign and domestic.

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Today's army faces challenges that reach far beyond the traditional battlefield with a consistently evolving warfare landscape the enemy's reach is no longer limited to geographical constraints. As one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, our sophisticated weapon systems satellites navigation and aviation systems are reliant upon an infrastructure of vast stores of information in networked computer-based systems and databases. How adversaries are attacking and attempting to exploit our networks around the clock searching for vulnerabilities to jeopardize our mission and disrupt our way of life. Just one stealthy piece of malicious code could have devastating and costly effects. The army relies on intelligent highly skilled service men and women to support and defend these crucial and complex systems against threats both foreign and domestic. Protecting information is very essential to the Army now and it's going to be a very important field.

As a soldier working in military occupational specialty cyber operations specialist, you will serve on the frontlines of the cyberspace battlefield enabling and executing both defensive and offensive cyberspace operation ensuring the freedom of maneuver within the cyberspace domain and denying that same advantage to our adversaries. The world operates today with technology, you don't have to fight somebody one on one you don't have to follow that traditional kinetic warfare instead you can exploit the fact that one computer system has a vulnerability. 

After completing ten weeks of basic combat training you will complete two phases of advanced individual training. Phase one takes place over 25 weeks at the quarry station naval Technical Training Center in Pensacola Florida followed by 20 weeks of phase 2 training at the US Army cyber school at Fort Gordon Georgia. The army will train you in a number of valuable skills such as performing cyber attacks and defenses cyber intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.

Actions on specified systems and networks conducting networked terrain audits and iteration testing collecting and analyzing basic digital forensics data and software threat analysis to react to cyberspace events and employ cyberspace defense infrastructure capabilities and to provide incident response impact assessments and produce network security posture assessment. You will also learn to analyze computer system and network architecture and determine and implement exploitation and defensive methods and get to be on the cutting edge of a lot of technology and a lot of tactics that haven't really been exposed and side of the civilian they may not get to see the things that we're using for several years due to the highly sensitive nature of this. 

Qualifying soldiers must meet top-secret sensitive compartmented information access eligibility requirements as well as pass a counterintelligence scope polygraph. The unparalleled training and experience gained while serving in this MOS can prepare you for a wealth of opportunities in the civilian workforce. 

The skills you will acquire are in high demand you get an opportunity to work with the industry a lot. We always get an opportunity to see what our civilian counterparts are doing as far as defending their networks and these people remember who you are. Join the Army's most technologically advanced career field as one of an elite team of world-class cyber warriors committed to combating our nation's ever-present and growing cyberspace threat military occupational specialty cyber operations specialist.