So you want to get into Information Technology? Well what do you want to do in IT because there are many different branches of it. I would suggest going into IT security, specifically, Risk Management Framework. It is a very specialized field.
You will need to know the fundamental of IT security. The basics on what goes into securing important data and their hardware. You will also need to have at least a little knowledge of technology and its history. You will need to know a LOT about NIST SP 800-37, “Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems”. You will need to dive into NIST SP 800-53, “Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations”.
Since not many people want to do this work, or even know about it, there is not much competition. They are always looking for qualified people to do it. What you will need is a 4 year degree (preferably in something technical), an IT certification in security (Security+, ISC2 CAP, CISSP, CASP, CISM,CISA) and a lot of knowledge on NIST 800-37.
What is the DoD Directive 8140?
DoD 8140, Cyberspace workforce will supersede DoD 8570 as the guide for selecting the personnel with the correct certifications, skills and experience.
Where is the DoDD 8140.01, Cyberworkforce going?
8140 manual may mirror an ongoing initiative that has a lot more categories. Those high level categories would be under a National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework:
Security Provision, Maintain and Operate, Protect & Defend, Analyze, operate & collect, Oversight & Development and Investigate.
These categories are broken down further into a sum total of 31 tasks. It was supposed to be released in 2013, but there is actually no telling when it will come out.
We are working on an app that will allow quick navigation of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework version 2. It will be pretty simple for now.
Version 1.x features Will Include:
All Categories mapped to Special Areas
In future versions we will include certifications that apply to each Special Area. I am waiting for DoDD 8140 because I think it will match up with National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework version 2.
DoDI 8500.01 – Cybersecurity
This DoD Instruction replaces the previous Information Assurance (IA) guidance under DoDD 8500.01, November 21, 2003.
DoDI 8510.01 – Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT)
This DoD Instruction replaces the previous DIACAP guidance under DoDI 8510.01, November 28, 2007.
These policies refer to the NIST 800 series. Specifically, NIST SP 800-37, Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems and NIST SP 800-53 rev 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal.
CNSS RMF Guidance:
CNSSI No. 1253 for CNSS Home page and select “Instructions” from Library drop down.
Security Categorization and Control Selection for National Security Systems – This document replaces previous version dated 3 March 2012. Overlays are now Appendix F vice K.