If as an alumni or current student you ever wondered about the myriad of cybersecurity focused certifications and whether you should add certifications to your resume, this blog is for you!
As experience has shown us, education, experience, and certifications are the three important keys to boosting your value to potential employers. While earning a degree in cybersecurity from Excelsior College is a great career boost, adding certifications is the icing on the career advancement cake. Certifications are designed to prove to potential employers that applicants have a specific level of competence. Many employers, such as the Department of Defense, require certifications for specific positions.
There are numerous certifications that you can add to your resume, and their admission requirements vary based on the applicants experience level. While the following is by no means an exhaustive list, the certification exams covered below are a good sampling of key exams available to help enhance your career at varying stages.
CompTIA Security+ is a globally recognized vendor neutral credential approved by the Department of Defense to meet management and technical directives and is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). The recommended (not required) experience to sit for this exam is two years of IT administration with a focus on security.
GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) is a well-respected certification and is quite similar to the CompTIA Security + certification. While it is recommended that applicants training, there are no requirements to sit for the exam. One major difference between the two exams is exam pricing.
(ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) is an advanced level certificate and is considered the premier certification in the field. A minimum of five years of experience in at least two of (ISC)2’s eight common body of knowledge (CBK) domains or four years of experience in at least two of the (ISC)2’s CBK domains and a college degree is required for this certification. Employers are attracted by this certification given that it serves the dual purpose of documenting competence as well as experience in the field.
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) is a relatively new certification which is quickly gaining traction. The certification is similar to the CISSP however recommends rather than requires five years of experience.
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council). This is the credential for those seeking white hat hacking penetration testing careers. The exam tests for knowledge of wireless networks, web applications, firewalls, honey pots, SQL injections, cryptology, social engineering, hacking, Trojans, worms, viruses, sniffers, denial of service, and much more. To sit for the exam, applicants are required to have two years of experience. https://www.eccouncil.org/Certification/certified-ethical-hacker
(ISC)2 Health Care Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP®) is an
advanced for those with at least two years of experience providing security in the healthcare setting.
Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) requires that candidates have five years of experience in each of the 5 CCISO domains: Governance, IS Management Controls and Auditing Management, Management – Projects and Operations, Information Security Core Competencies, and Strategic Planning and Finance.
National Cybersecurity Institute is an (ISC)2 authorized CPE provider, an EC-Council Accredited Training Center, and a CompTIA Educational Partner. Be sure to visit the NCI Training page to view certification exam preparation course offerings.
Please join the ongoing conversation and share your experiences planning for and earning certifications. We look forward to hearing from you!
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