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Cybersecurity Job Category: Cyber Operations

Cyber Warriors that work in “Cyber Operations” provide specialized denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence. The Operations sub-specialties include:

All-Source Collection Manager – Collection Managers identify  collection authorities and environment; incorporate priority information requirements into collection management and develop concepts to meet their leadership’s intent. They also determine capabilities of available collection assets, identify new collection capabilities; and construct and disseminate collection plans. In addition to monitoring execution of tasked collections to ensure effective execution of the collection plan.

Cyber Operations Planner – Cyber planners perform in-depth joint targeting and cybersecurity planning process. They gather information and develop detailed operational plans and orders supporting requirements. Planners also conduct strategic and operational-level planning across the full range of operations for integrated information and cyberspace operations.

Cyber Operator – The cyber operator, is responsible for gathering evidence on criminal or foreign intelligence entities to mitigate possible or real-time threats, protect against espionage or insider threats, foreign sabotage, international terrorist activities, or to support other intelligence activities.

To learn more about becoming a Cyber Warrior, check out the College Recon Guide to Cybersecurity Careers.

About the author

Terry Howell is a retired Coast Guard veteran, where he served for 20 years.

He is currently the Executive Director for Veterans' Legacies, a non-profit that works to preserve veterans personal stories to help educate our youth.

Terry is also the author of The Military Advantage, an annually updated guide to military and veteran benefits.