Opening the door to career advancement and ensuring you are a valuable asset to your organization, requires selecting the right cybersecurity certifications to complement and support your experience and expertise. Building your credentials may not guarantee a promotion but validates your skill level and demonstrates a passion for your craft.
Here are 5 top cybersecurity certifications and how they can advance your career.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
The CISSP is designed to provide vendor-neutral security expertise. It is for experienced security professionals who want to hold a role in designing policy and procedures and set standards within their organization. It is an advanced-level certification supported by the International Information Systems Certification Consortium (ISC)2. Designed for professionals who have a minimum of five years of full-time experience in two of the eight domains, these domains include:
- Security and Risk Management
- Communications and Network Security
- Software Development Security
- Asset Security
- Security Engineering
- Identity and Asset Management
- Security Assessment and Testing
- Security Operations
This certification is desired by IT professionals and highly sought after by businesses looking to augment their security teams.
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
CISA is an advanced-level certification with a prerequisite of five-years experience in Information Systems Auditing, Control, Assurance or Security. CISA is a globally recognized certification that you can use to show your ability to assess vulnerabilities and report on compliance. This certification will validate your expertise in audit, control, monitoring and assessment of business systems from both an IT and security standpoint.
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
The CISM promotes international security practices. It is for security professionals who are interested in overseeing enterprise-level security applications or for developing effective organizational security practices. This certification is designed for Information Security Managers, Aspiring Security Managers as well as those on a path to CISO. Candidates need five years work experience in information security and three years’ experience as an information security manager.
GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
GSEC is designed for those who want to prove their IT skills on security related tasks. This is an entry-level certificate globally recognized by the military, government and industry leaders. Although no prerequisites are required for this certification, the candidate should have IT knowledge beyond terminology and concepts. This certification is a good starting point, but if you hope to pursue a serious career in cybersecurity you will want to move towards some of the more advanced certifications.
Security+ is another entry-level globally-accepted, vendor-neutral certification designed to demonstrate a candidate’s technical skills and expertise in the multiple security-related disciplines. This certificate covers the essentials for network security and risk management. Although this is an entry-level certificate, candidates need to have two years IT administration experience with a focus on security. It is recommended that the candidate acquires the Network+ before this certification.
The list of specialized security certifications that corresponds to various jobs is quite extensive. This list reviews only a sample of the top cybersecurity certifications available that can enhance your qualifications and help you excel within your organization. There are no one-size fits all approach when selecting your certification. It depends on where you are with your career and what your objectives are when making your decision.
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