performed a search for more than 300 different cybersecurity certifications on three popular job boards, LinkedIn, Indeed, and Simply Hired. These certifications appeared in the greatest number of total job listings in the United States, suggesting that these are the certifications companies are actively hiring for.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Description: According to ISC2, the CISSP is the "World's Premier Cybersecurity Certification". The CISSP certification proves that you can design, implement and manage a cybersecurity program. The CISSP certification also validates your cybersecurity expertise. To the disappointment of many less experienced cybersecurity professionals, the certification is often sought after by hiring managers for many cybersecurity positions.
Requirements: Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP CBK. Earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list will satisfy one year of the required experience. Education credit will only satisfy one year of experience. A candidate who doesn’t have the required experience to become a CISSP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the CISSP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have six years to earn the five years required experience.
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Description: The CISA provided by ISACA, is the world-renowned as the standard of achievement for those who audit, control, monitor and assess an organization’s information technology and business systems.
Requirements: To qualify for CISA, you must have 5 years of information systems auditing, control, assurance or security work experience within the past 10 years of the application submission date.
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Description: ISACA’s CISA certification demonstrates expertise in information security governance, program development and management, incident management and risk management.
Requirements: To qualify for CISM, you must have 5 years of information security management work experience within the past 10 years of the application submission date.
Description: All of the certifications we have mentioned thus far require significant work experience. If you are just getting started in cybersecuity you may feel disappointed, not worry, the Security+ certification is highly in demand and it does not require any work experience.
The CompTIA Security+ CompTIA Security+ validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. Good luck getting started in cybersecurity without it!
Requirements: ~$380 for the exam voucher!
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Description: The CEH demonstrate your skills in penetration testing, attack detection, vectors, and prevention. It is a mid-tier certification and is often sought after by hiring managers. By studying for the exam you will get a much better idea of how adversaries try to bypass security controls, as a result it will make you a better cyber defender. If you are looking to more seriously pursue penetration testing, then you may want to look into the OSCP certification.
Requirements: You may take the exam if you have two years of work experience in information security or if you complete an official EC-Council training course.
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