DoD 8570 to 8140

The Department of Defense (DoD) released the Cyberspace Workforce Management directive, DoD Directive (DoDD) 8140.01, on August 11, 2015. This directive is for personnel who support DoD intelligence, security and law enforcement missions in cyberspace.  Through NIST Publication 800-181, the NICE Framework establishes 7 broad categories, 31 specialty areas, and 52 work roles.  All supported by KSATs - Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Tasks.  

8140.01 reissues and renumbers DoDD 8570.01 to update and expand established policies and assigned responsibilities for managing the DoD cyberspace workforce. The goal of this directive is to unify the overall cyberspace workforce and establish specific workforce elements (cyberspace effects, cybersecurity and cyberspace information technology) to align, manage and standardize cyberspace work roles, baseline qualifications and training requirements.

The specific certifications applicable to the 8140.01 is estimated to be released in January of 2019 by the DoD when the Information Assurance (IA) Workforce Improvement Program manual is issued.  Until the 8140.01 manual is issued, the 8570.01 baseline certifications remain in effect.


It is important to note that the DoD has added new certifications to the 8570.01 - COMPTIAs CySA+, Logical Operations Certified First Responder CFR, and Cisco's SCyber.  The DoD Approved Baseline Certifications table provides a list of DoD-approved certifications aligned to each category and level of the IA workforce. Personnel performing IA functions must obtain one of the certifications required for their position's category or specialty and level.

The Learning Center is proud to offer the majority of 8570 aligned certifications.  

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