In a previous post, we discussed DoDD 8570.01, the directive on Information Assurance Training, Certification, and Workforce Management. In this post, we will talk about DoD 8570.01-M, which is the manual for DoDD 8570. DoD 8570.01-M is entitled Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. It is a set of guidelines and procedures for the training, certification, and management of the information assurance workforce. All of the DoD organization, agencies, and departments must comply with DoD 8570.01-M, which makes sure that the DoD has fully capable and reliable people in the proper places. Most people are knowledgeable about DoD 8570 (DoDD 8570.01 and DoD 8570.01-M) due to the certifications that are outlined within the manual. DoD 8570.01-M prepares the DoD IA workforce by requiring every full time and part time employee (service member, defense contractor, and civilian) to obtain a certification that has been accredited by the ISO/IEC.
The first question that comes to mind is “what certification do I need for my position”, or “how does it affect me if I’m already employed by the DoD”? The answer to most of your questions can be given by your Information Assurance Manager (IAM). The table below lists some of the certification providers and certifications that are listed within the DoD 8570.01-M.
|Certification Provider||Certification Name|
Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)
Certified Ethical Hacker(CEH)
Microsoft Certified System Administrator: Security (MCSA Security)
The SANS Institute
What Certification Should I Get?
The certifications that you need to get depends on the role that you have in the workforce. DoD 8570.01-M splits the workforce into two categories, IA Technical, and IA Management, and each of those have three levels, so the resultant levels are IAT I, IAT II, IAT III, IAM I, IAM II, and IAM III. In the latest version of DoD 8570.01-M, a few other functional areas were added. The current listing of certifications are listed in the table below:
If you have any other questions feel free to post a comment and we will get back to you!