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Cybersecurity Officers

Cybersecurity Officers

Military Status


Average Military Salary


Service Branches

  • Army
  • Navy


Cybersecurity officers are responsible for protecting military networks and the country against cyberattacks from enemy forces. Cybersecurity 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.

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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. Cybersecurity 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, cybersecurity 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 communications architecture
  • Project and contract management

Work Environment

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

Helpful Attributes

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

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