Cyber Learning Paths from the U.S. Navy


@author Randy Gingeleski

@since 01/05/2017

@see education


Derek Sivers has a quote that’s something like “if information overload was the answer, we’d all be billionaires with six-pack abs.”

Breaking into cybersecurity is like that. Should you get a college degree? What certs should you get, if any? What resources should you use to learn, free or paid? What blogs should you read and how often? Should you try to specialize or be a generalist?

The U.S. Navy is answering a bunch of those questions for you. Check out their tool for “Workforce Framework Specialty Area Qualification Tables,” based on (the new) DoD 8140.

Yes, the name is ridiculously bureaucratic. But the tool says, more or less, if you want to be a <insert cyber job here> at the level of <apprentice, journeyman, or master> then here are the qualifications – education/degree, training courses, certifications, and on-the-job training.

Are these perfect, ultimate answers? No. But in our world of information overload, picking and executing a plan is key. Information paralysis is very real and for *somebody* this will help.