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cybersecurity specialists

Cybersecurity Specialists

Military Status


Average Military Salary


Service Branches

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard


Cybersecurity specialists are responsible for protecting military networks and the country against cyberattacks 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. Cybersecurity 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.

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Cyberspace Operations 17XX MOS
Cyberspace Operations 17XX MOS
Cyberspace Operations 17XX MOS

Military Training

Like all enlisted personnel, cybersecurity 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. Cybersecurity specialists in the Military receive advanced training too. 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
  • Installing and configuring networks
  • Caring for, maintaining and using networking software tools/equipment

Work Environment

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

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

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  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Business Continuity Planners

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