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Said very simply DoDD (Department of Defense Directive) 8570, also abbreviated to DoDD 8570 provides guidance and procedures for the training, certification, and management of all government employees who conduct Information Assurance functions in assigned duty positions.
So basically anyone who works in InfoSec and for the government must have this certification. Period.
These information security professionals are required to carry an approved certification for their particular job classification.
Any full or part-time military service member, contractor, or employee with privileged access to any Department of Defense information system performing information assurance (security) functions, regardless of their status or occupation, must have this certification.
All the “popular” InfoSec certifications and qualifications are recognized as having 8570 status, i.e. Certified Ethical Hacker (by EC-Council), CISSP from ICS2 and Security+ from CompTIA.