Cybersecurity Certificates

Covers: CISSP, Security +, SANS GIAC (multiple), ISACA, and related

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is the standard for a job in the security industry. Many HR and recruiters put resumes into the NO file if they don’t see these credentials on your application. While it takes five years of experience and a vouch by an experienced CISSP certified professional you can take the test prior to that and then become certified after becoming fully qualified. If you’re serious about security you’ll be sure to take on this certification, which is a mile wide and an inch deep for management – warning test questions can be as long as a page or more, so your test taking skills will be maxed along with knowing such a wide range of subject matter.

Security + is considered a starting for those entering into the field and/or pursuing or finishing a degree in computing. It’s not as rigorous as the CISSP, designed to validate you’re ready for the IT/Security industry.

SANS offers multiple training courses, including bootcamps, work from home, and more. These courses are technical in nature with hands-on work in a lab and using tools from the class to prove you know what you’re doing (at some level). Many see these as the engineering qualified certification meaning, if you are a geek/engineer and have a certification in something such as network security, you’re probably well versed in it and can do it. Focus upon classes that best match up with your passion and direction to substantiate and bring your career forward.

ISACA has a wealth of certifications for the auditor in you! CISM is great for security management and leadership while others, such as CISA, are designed for the auditor.

Udemy and similar professional training resources exist online providing a wealth of cybersecurity training videos, practice tests and more.

For a comprehensive view of certificates view the Paul Jerimy page!