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Joan Goodchild
Joan Goodchild
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14 Hot Cybersecurity Certifications Right Now

In an industry where certifications can make or break a job candidacy, which ones have security pros been going after in 2019?

We know there are plenty of jobs out there for those interested in working in security. And there is also no shortage of security certifications for those who want to demonstrate to employers they have earned the education they need to succeed. But in a fast-moving and evolving field, which certifications are catching fire lately?

Part of the answer depends on the company that's hiring. According to Simone Petrella, CEO of cybersecurity training and education firm CyberVista, companies with emerging security programs may be more reliant on certifications than those with more mature programs. In those cases, CISSP and the Security+ are among the most popular general certifications. (More on those later.)

Specialized ones by industry, such as healthcare, are growing, however, as are requests for cloud certifications, Petrella adds. As time goes on, "run-of-the-mill certs are probably less useful than the more specialized ones," she says.

Now back to our original question of which certifications, specifically, are ones to consider. For that we reached out to popular issuers of certifications to find out. From training for entry-level newbies, to experienced veterans, to niche-industry knowledge, here are the certifications security professionals are seeking this year.

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Joan Goodchild is a veteran journalist, editor, and writer who has been covering security for more than a decade. She has written for several publications and previously served as editor-in-chief for CSO Online. View Full Bio
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