Military Cyber-Operations Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Cyber operations specialists conduct offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military options. They utilize devices, computer programs, and techniques designed to create an effect across cyberspace. Offensive operations involve applying force to target enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities. Defensive operations are conducted to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems by detecting, identifying, and responding to attacks against friendly networks.

Work Environment

Cyber-operations specialists work in offices or in command and control centers on land or aboard ships.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Cyber-Operations Specialists in the Military

14,120

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Salary

Average Salary

$66,746

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Education

Military training

Like all enlisted personnel, cyber operations 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. Cyber operations specialists in the Military receive advanced training. 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 operationsConducting offensive cyberspace operationsOperating automated data processing (ADP) equipment Analyzing information and preparing technical products and time sensitive reportsDeveloping and maintaining analytical and operational working aids and databasesInstallating and configuring networksCaring, maintaining, and using networking software tools/equipment

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