February 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Defense Recognizes EC-Council’s Certified Network Defender Certification

The U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Workforce Advisory Group Certification Committee officially added EC-Council’s Certified Network Defender (CND) as a baseline certification in Directive 8570 as a path forward to combat cyber enemies in four workforce categories. This is the result of nearly 2 years of independent review, job role assessment, and vetting by the Department of Defense Information Assurance groups. The DoD workforce categories that now list the Certified Network Defender are Information Assurance Technical Level I (IAT I), IAT Level II (IAT II), Information Assurance Manager Level I (IAM I), and Cybersecurity Service Provider Infrastructure Support (CSSP-IS). As the Network Security industry continues to grow, so does the skills-gap, with over 130,000 Network Security jobs listed on LinkedIn alone. According to a technology staffing agency Robert Half, the average annual salary of Network Security Engineers in the U.S. is $150,000.

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