Cyber Operations Specialists conduct integrated and synchronized offensive cyberspace operations by targeting enemy activities and capabilities. These specialists also conduct defensive operations to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems. They are responsible for detecting, identifying, and responding to attacks against friendly networks with other lethal and nonlethal actions that enable commanders to gain an advantage in cyberspace, across all domains.
- Provide crucial intelligence and network support that safeguards the cyber domain.
- Collect, analyze, and report digital data.
- Maintain network defense tools such as routers and firewalls.
- Evaluate network defense operations.
- Respond to incidents in cyberspace.
- Surveillance and reconnaissance actions on specified systems and networks.
- Conduct network terrain audits, penetration testing, basic digital forensics and software threat analysis
Job training for a Cyber Operations Specialist requires completing 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and two phases of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Phase one includes 25 weeks of training in Corry Station, Florida. Phase two lasts 20 weeks, and takes place in Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Much of the training results in industry-leading certifications useful in both military and civilian careers. These certifications include:
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
Future Civilian Careers
The skills you will learn as a Cyber Operations Specialist will help prepare you for a career in government agencies, as well as jobs in global security companies such as:
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
CYBER DIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM
Put Your Civilian Experience to Work — Become a Cyber Officer
Are you a programmer, web developer or data scientist? Do you enjoy solving a challenge with an innovative tool, script or program? Do you like reverse engineering things?
Do you have advanced research or work experience in the information security or related fields? Have you ever considered joining the Army to become an Officer?
Qualified civilians can now directly apply for a commission as an officer in U.S. Army Cyber. That means you could join the Army at the rank of up to First Lieutenant. You can help build the future of Army Cyber operations.
WHAT IS THE CYBER DIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM?
Direct commissioning is an Army program that allows a civilian with specific high-demand technical skills to join the Army as an officer.
Historically, direct commissioning applied to civilians in the medical, legal and religious fields. For the first time, the Army will be offering direct commissions to civilians who wish to join Army Cyber and develop programs and devices to help Soldiers operate in cyberspace.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS A CYBER OFFICER?
As an Army Cyber officer, you would build tools and devices; write algorithms, ciphers, programs and scripts, and conduct research based on your current industry expertise. Your products are then distributed to Cyber Mission Force teams to help them accomplish their objectives.
You will attend two Army schools: a six-week Direct Commissioning Course, and the 12-week Cyber Basic Officer Leader Course.
Afterward, you could be eligible to attend additional follow-on training not available in the civilian sector.
WHAT KIND OF TECH BACKGROUND DO I NEED TO JOIN?
Army Cyber Command is interested in applicants with a four-year degree, master’s degree, or doctorate in a computer science or related field. Individuals with advanced research and work experience in the following roles may also apply:
- Computer Scientist/Software Engineers
- Security Engineers
- DevOps Engineers
- Data Scientists/Machine Learning Engineers
- Site Reliability Engineers (SREs)
- Hardware Engineers (EE/Mech/RF/Wireless)
Your Army recruiter will be able to fill you in on the exact application requirements.