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November 10, 2015
Cybersecurity Industry Certifications: What You Need to Know
November 10, 2015
Cybersecurity certifications are very often required for employment in cybersecurity jobs. Certifications benefit employers by identifying prospective employees with specific skill sets, and certifications help prospective employees stand out when applying for a job in the desirable and competitive cybersecurity job market.Industry certifications are vendor-neutral (vendor certifications are for a vendor’s specific products) and provide industry-recognized evidence of having a specific skill or specific experience in a particular subject area. Certifications generally are administered by independent accrediting organizations such as the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)²], the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (now known solely as ISACA) and the EC Council.There are cybersecurity certifications for a range of subjects (including network defense, ethical hacking, and forensics) at the basic (entry level), intermediate and expert levels.
- Entry level certifications provide knowledge of subjects such as industry principles and best practices, important tools, and the latest technologies.
- The intermediate and expert certifications are based on the premise that an employee already has extensive job experience and a thorough grasp of cybersecurity subject matter.
- 72 percent of employers prefer certifications for certain job roles
- 65 percent of employers use IT certifications to differentiate between equally qualified candidates
- 60 percent of organizations often use IT certifications to confirm a candidate's subject matter knowledge or expertise
- 66 percent of employers consider IT certifications to be very valuable
- The area’s deep involvement in government contracting
- The presence of the defense industry
- Advanced work in cybersecurity being carried out
- The high number of educational and other institutions in the area that offer certification training and accreditation.
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security) certification (a vendor certification)
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification.
- Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
- Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
- International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, [(ISC)²]
- Information Systems Audit and Control Association (now known solely as ISACA)
- EC Council.
- Certified Wireless Network Professional
- DRI International
- Information Assurance Certification Review Board
- International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC²)
- Infotec Pro
- Learning Tree
- McAfee Institute
- Security University
- Logical Operations
- American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS)
- Offensive Security
- Tested and verifiable proof of proficiency in your field.
- Higher salary and promotion potential.
- Entry into one of the largest communities of recognized information security professionals in the world.
- Access to unparalleled global resources, peer networking, mentoring, and a wealth of ongoing information security opportunities