“By 2020 there will be roughly 200 billion connected devices” – Symantec Internet Security.
Global spending on cybersecurity products and services is expected to increase by 12 to 15 percent each year until 2021, with IoT (internet of things) leading the way. Since multiple endpoints are introduced in an organization’s digital footprint everyday, these endpoints become a potential target for hacking & it’s no surprise that the CyberSecurity marketplace is growing at a fast pace.
“There will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, enough to fill 50 NFL stadiums” – Cybersecurity Ventures.
Since no touchdowns will be scored in the aforementioned stadiums, let’s jump onto the Cybersecurity Certifications that will boost your career.
1. Network +
Seniority: Entry-level resource
Network + is a must-do certification for individuals who’re starting their careers. The course is offered by CompTIA and provides a great overview of the fundamental cybersecurity practices along with a greater emphasis on how computers & networks communicate.
This certification will open doors for positions like CyberSecurity Consultant, CyberSecurity Analyst & Security Engineer. The certification is rewarded once you get a hold of the following:
- Networking concepts
- Network operations.
- Network troubleshooting and tools
- Netowrk Infrastructure.
- Network security.
2 Security +
Seniority: Entry-level Resource.
Another important certification for individuals who’re at the start of their careers, Security + focuses on understanding how to configure and install systems as well as how to secure devices, applications, and networks. The syllabus also includes employing mitigation techniques & how to conduct threat analysis on the aforementioned systems.
Job titles like CyberSecuirty Analyst, Security Engineer & Consultant can be pursued after completing this certification & the final exam includes:
- Identity and access management.
- Risk management.
- Threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities.
- Network architecture and design.
- Cryptography and KPI.
3. Certified Ethical Hacker:
Seniority: Mid-level Resource.
Eligibility Criteria: 2 years of Experience
Also known as Certified Network Defense Architect or C.N.D.A within government employees, this certification is offered by EC Council. The main goal of this certification is to teach you how to identify & fix weaknesses in your network & how to think like a hacker enabling you to fend off attacks against your digital footprint.
This certification will add major skillsets that can be suitable for both your existing role or advancements mid-level designations like Advanced Threat Analyst, Information Security Assessor & Penetration Tester.
The focal point of this certification revolves around the five phases of hacking:
- Gaining access.
- Maintaining access.
- Covering your tracks.
4. Certified Information Systems Secuirty Professional:
Seniority: High-level Resource.
Eligibility Criteria: At least five years of relevant industry experience
Expertise in at least two of the eight major focal areas of: Common Body of Knowledge domains.
As a top professional-level cybersecurity certificate, It is obtained through International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)².
CISSP is ideal for current professionals who are looking to jump to a more advanced cybersecurity position. The certification covers cryptography concepts, investigations, vulnerability mitigation in web-based systems and more. Possible designations include Information Security Manager, Information Security Analyst & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
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