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Military Cyber Security Specialists

Military Career

General Information


Cyber security specialists secure, defend, and protect data, networks, and other information systems by enacting appropriate security controls and measures. They monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity in the cyberspace domain. Tasks include testing and maintaining hardware and software to ensure the security of Department of Defense networks. They perform deliberate actions to strengthen information systems and networks, perform vulnerability assessments, and respond to incidents. Cyber security 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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Work Environment

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

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Military Outlook

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Cyber Security Specialists in the Military


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Salary Information

Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location. Learn more about Military benefits.

$22,938 - $215,609

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Military training

Like all enlisted personnel, cyber security 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 security 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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