DoD Directive 8570

What Does DoD Directive 8570 Mean?

DoD Directive 8570 (DoDD 8570) was a Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program policy that required Information Assurance (IA) training and certification for all DoD employees and contractors.


In 2015, DoDD 8570 was replaced by DoDD 8140, a directive that established policies and assigned responsibilities for managing the Department of Defense cyberspace workforce.

Techopedia Explains DoD Directive 8570

DoDD 8570 provided procedures and guidelines for the training, certification and management of all DoD employees with information assurance roles. The directive only affected personnel or agencies with privileged access to DoD information systems.

DoDD 8570 requirements were as follows:

  • Certification of all personnel handling Information Assurance Management (IAM) and Information Assurance Technical (IAT) duties by the end of 2010.
  • Certification of all personnel handling Computer Network Defense Service Provider (CND-SP) and Information Assurance System Architect and Engineer (IASAE) duties by the end of 2011.
  • Categorization of all IA positions as Technical Level (I, II, III) or Management. Personnel must be certified to qualify.

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