With cyber security becoming more and more central to the day to day running of every type of organisation, skilled cyber security professionals are in very high demand. Threats to cyber security on both a local and an international scale are growing daily, so more and more professionals are needed to tackle the problem. As a result, an increasing number of people are looking to move into a job in technology. But, with so many specialist aspects of cyber security to choose from, sometimes it can prove difficult to know which direction you should go in.
There are hundreds of cyber security certifications available to people of all levels of knowledge and understanding. Some of these qualifications are suitable for those looking to make a new move into cyber security, while others can add to your specialist area if you have been working within the industry for a number of years. For instance, increased threat levels and new hacking technology, coupled with new data protection regulations, mean new skills and knowledge are a regular necessity.
Cyber security certifications can help set you apart from the crowd in what is becoming an increasingly competitive area of employment. Here’s our guide to cyber security certifications to help you decide which avenue is right for you.
Cyber Security Certifications – Are They Necessary?
According to Jay Bavisi, Founder and President of the EC-Council Group, certifications are highly beneficial to both the individual and the employer. The skills-based nature of the certifications that his organisation awards gives employers a level of quality assurance when taking on a new employee. They can rest assured that any potential employee has gained the right experience and knowledge to fulfil the role.
For the individual, a cyber security certification proves a level of ability whilst also allowing you to measure your skills against those of your colleagues and competitors in new employment. Obtaining further cyber security certifications later in your career can hone the knowledge you already have and potentially help you to move further on in your career or choose a new specialist area.
Those of us who work in the cyber security industry already know that no qualification can truly outweigh the value of experience. Gaining a certification which involves practical, skills-based training gives you the best of both worlds. In competitive employment, it is likely that employers will look for people who can prove, both on paper and through experience, that they can do the job. The majority of the cyber security certifications featured here offer just this type of training, combining learning with direct experience.
Getting Into Cyber Security – Entry Level Certifications
There are a wide variety of areas to choose from, ranging from entry-level to more advanced. If you are just beginning or looking to begin a career in cyber security, you could undertake any of the following courses:
- GIAC Security Essentials
- ISACA CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate
- GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals
This is just a small selection of what is available. Some of these could help improve the overall security of your chambers should any of your employees wish to widen their knowledge. All of these certifications will teach you the basics and fundamentals, demonstrating best practice, latest technologies, and important tools. They are all provided by independent accrediting organisations such as EC-Council, ISACA, GIAC, (ISC)2 and CompTIA.
More Advanced Certifications
There are also a number of certifications available to people already working in the cyber security industry. These more advanced cyber security certifications enhance and update expert knowledge. Many employers do tend to have some favoured qualifications that they will look out for. These can include:
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Licensed Penetration Tester (Master) (LPT)
- GIAC GPEN Certification (GIAC Penetration Tester)
These certifications are for people who already know their job well. For management positions, it is recommended that you take up the ISC(2), CISSP or ISACA CISM qualifications, all of which are considered the top certifications for those looking to move on to senior management. For a legal chamber, it can only be beneficial to have such a level of expertise, advising and guiding your security and data protection at your disposal.
Here at CBSIT, we make sure our team members have the latest cyber security certifications so they can bring the best protection to your chamber’s online security.
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