Department of Defense LogoCertNexus is honored to announce that their CyberSec First Responder® (CFR-410) and Cyber Secure Coder (CSC-210) certification programs have been approved for use in the DoDD 8140, validating that these programs justify that a person is qualified for specific work roles in alignment with the Cyber Strategy as defined by the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF).

“We are extremely proud to be among the very first programs approved for use in DoDD 8140,” said Bill Rosenthal, CEO of CertNexus and Logical Operations. “This is a painstaking and meticulous process, and the fact that we are first-to-market reflects the CertNexus team’s commitment to adhere to exceptional quality as blueprinted in the nationally and internationally recognized ANAB ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard. Every CertNexus program, whether being considered for future approval or not, follows this standard to ensure a level of consistent excellence.”

The DoDD 8140 provides guidance and procedures for the training, certification, and management of all government employees and government contractors who conduct Information Assurance competencies aligned with DCWF work roles. The two CertNexus certification programs approved align as follows:

  • CyberSec First Responder® (CFR-410) is approved for:
    • 211 – Forensics Analyst
    • 212 – Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst
    • 221 – Cyber Crime Investigator
    • 511 – Cyber Defense Analyst
    • 531 – Cyber Defense Incident Responder
    • 541 – Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
  • Cyber Secure Coder (CSC-210) is approved for:
    • 622 – Secure Software Assessor
    • 631 – Information Systems Security Developer

“This is an important step,” said Andrea Bucklaew, Manager of Certification Development at CertNexus. “We are continuing to submit the CertNexus emerging technology certification programs for approval within the DoD and other government programs, such as the COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) program, where our Certified Artificial Intelligence Practitioner (CAIP) certification program is the only vendor-neutral AI certification approved! We are proud and excited about the great things happening at CertNexus!”

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