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Cyber Security Certification and Career Paths

CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is an American non-profit trade association, issuing professional certifications for the information technology (IT) industry. It is considered one of the IT industry’s top trade associations. Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, CompTIA issues vendor-neutral professional certifications in over 120 countries.

CompTIA Infrastructure Career Pathway

  • Specialist
    • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (A+/Network+)
    • CompTIA Systems Support Specialist (A+/Linux+)
  • Professional
    • CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional (Network+/Cloud+)
    • CompTIA Network Infrastructure Professional (Network+/Server+)
    • CompTIA Linux Network Professional (Network+/Linux+)

CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway

  • Specialist
    • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist (A+/Network+/Security+)
  • Professional
    • CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional (Security+/Cloud+)
    • CompTIA Security Analytics Professional (Security+/CySA+)
    • CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional (Security+/PenTest+)
    • CompTIA Network Security Professional (Security+/PenTest+/CySA+)
  • Expert
    • CompTIA Security Analytics Expert (Security+/CySA+/CASP)
    • CompTIA Security Infrastructure Expert (Security+/CySA+/PenTest+/CASP)

SANS/ GAC

SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security (SANS) Institute is the largest source for cybersecurity training in the world offering training through several delivery methods including OnDemand (self paced) and instructor-led both Live Online (virtual) and In-Person. Cybersecurity courses are developed by industry leaders in numerous fields including network security, digital forensics, offensive operations, cybersecurity leadership, industrial control systems, and cloud security. In addition to top-notch training, offer certification via GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute featuring over 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. We offer a Master’s Degree, graduate and undergraduate certificate programs through SANS Technology Institute.

GIAC offers over 30 cyber security certifications in security administration, management, legal, audit, forensics and software security. A Certification Roadmap has been created to help you determine what certifications are right for specific job needs or career goals. GIAC certifications align with individual job based disciplines and typically correspond to topics presented in SANS full 5-6 day courses. GIAC certification attempts have a 4 month time frame.

CISCO

Cisco is a widely renowned name in the world of IT as it’s the primary manufacturer of networking-related equipment that’s used en-masse in all types of networking environments. But what most people don’t know is that Cisco also has its own product line that dedicatedly caters to the diverse needs of data and cloud management centers.

These products require a certain level of technical knowledge to operate so Cisco introduced its own Certification program to ensure that anyone who wills to operate its products or related technologies, can easily do so.

Cisco Certification Program Overview

Here is the complete list of all certifications currently offered by Cisco:

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Technician (CCT)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)
  • Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr)

Certification by New Horizons

The full New Horizon roadmap

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

The CEH certification benefits security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators and anyone concerned about network infrastructure security.

Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)

Another popular certification for general cybersecurity knowledge is the Certified Information System Security Professional course. Many IT companies consider CISSP a base requirement for employees responsible for network security.

This course challenges you in various cybersecurity domains, including:

  • Access Control
  • Cryptography
  • Telecommunications
  • Networking

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

The Certified Information Security Manager certification is revered as one of the best cybersecurity courses out there, and for good reason. You need at least five years of experience in the field to even apply.

Over the course of this management-focused certification, you will learn about four sections of cybersecurity:

  • Information security program development and management
  • Information security management
  • Information security incident management
  • Information risk management and compliance

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

NCSF certifications validate that cybersecurity professionals have the baseline skills to design, build, test and manage a cybersecurity program using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

The certification covers a range of topics, including:

  • Cloud architecture and design concepts
  • Cloud data security
  • Platform and infrastructure security
  • Cloud operations
  • Legal and compliance

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

The CHFI is an advanced certification for forensic network security investigators. It validates your ability to gather necessary evidence and prosecute offenders in a court of law.

The certification covers topics including:

  • Incident response and forensics
  • Recovering deleted, encrypted or damaged file information
  • Technical examination, analysis and reporting of computer-based evidence

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

OSCP is offered as an ethical hacking certification by Offensive Security and enhances the aspirant’s skills to understand the penetration testing process and life-cycle. This certification trains about penetration testing tools and techniques via hands-on experience and includes a 24hour exam. To earn this certification you need to have understanding of TCP/IP networking and of Linux along with basic knowledge of of Bash scripting with basic Python or Perl a plus.

ISO 27001 Lead Implementer

ISO 27001 certification has many benefits and any organisation or an individual willing to prove their compliance about the knowledge of information security must get this ISO certification. This certification validates your knowledge to implement and maintain an Information Security Management System (ISMS) which is compliant with ISO27001. Professional with this certification are much in demand and earn well.

AWS Security

AWS is a popular cloud service provider and is achieving year-on-year growth of 43 percent. This indicates that they going to capture the cloud computing market even more in the future. With this huge acceptance, it is obvious that as an AWS certified professional, you will be a preferred choice of the organisations. As per the latest survey AWS Security certified professionals have reported an average annual income of $113,932 USD.

Azure Security – AZ 500

This security certification has been designed for Microsoft Azure security engineers who are involved in implementing security controls, maintaining the security posture, managing identity and access, and protecting data, applications, and networks. It is an associate level certification which will enhance your advanced security knowledge and experience of working with various aspects of Microsoft Azure.

IoT Security Certifications

IoT Security Certifications help Security professionals to enhance abilities and learning, and in exhibiting your expertise in dealing with the different parts of IoT Security. Experts of this domain estimate that by 2020 more than 50 billion devices will be connected via the Internet. This industry will turn out to be worth $6 Trillion in coming few years. Thus, being IoT Security Certified is going to be a win win deal for the professionals.

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    • CompTIA A+,
      CompTIA N+,
      CompTIA Security+, (Take Official Certificaiton)
      CCNA Security , Cyber Ops (only vedios),
      Linux , Linux Administration,
      Server+, Cloud+ (Just vedios),
      CySA+,
      Pentest+,
      CND (Do Practical’s), CEH (Just do Practicals),
      eJPT from eLearnSecurity (Take Official Certification)

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