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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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User Rank: Strategist
10/16/2019 | 11:49:44 AM
Does not address companies unreasonably seeking "experienced" and "certified" entry-levels
I have heard and read articles that graduates and inexperienced job candidates cannot get into the cybersecurity field because companies expect certifications for entry-level positions. Someone with CISSP or GIAC certs would not apply for entry-level positions, but yet HR and managers in these companies continue to post entry-level job descriptions with unrealistic prerequisites. They need to get their head out of their a$$ and be real to deal with the backlog of unfilled cybersecurity positions.

I am about to have a big challenge internally where my organization needs a security analysis for log analysis and basic threat hunting. I am recommending someone with social science, social service, or related field of study with the passion to learn cybersecurity. However, HR has their templates and they tend not to be flexible. My idea is for selected candidates to self-study for CompTIA Security+ online course material 30-days prior to the interview, and the interview would cover questions in cybersecurity in relation to the job description. A candidate who can not only articulate cybersecurity basics but also correlate with their field of study or experience (plus show passion) would be someone I wish to hire, because she/he wants to learn and apply their skills. Don't forget that fundamentally, cybersecurity is in response to a human attacking another human in cyberspace. I would rather have someone who understands the human and can relate to cybersecurity topics, rather than someone who is just pure technical. That to me is worth more than someone with just a cert.

User Rank: Apprentice
10/16/2019 | 8:50:48 AM
Pentesting Specific Certs
Here's a great video review of certs specifically geared towards penetration testing from an experienced reviewer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSXhF0C0QlI&feature=youtu.be
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