As the market for information security talent heats up and the skills shortage continues, infosec pros who have the right combination of credentials and experience are in remarkably high demand. While certifications are not a sure bet for a job offer, prospective employers look for industry-leading credentials as one measure of qualifications and commitment to quality.
Here is a list of ten certifications, including a short description, prerequisites, exam cost, available courses, and study material links, as well as online practice test links.
In addition to the these certifications, there are several other courses and credentials that focus on specific technology areas. The key challenge for any IT security enthusiast at any point in his or her career is to identify the skills levels required (beginner to expert), and then look for reputable certifications that will bring career advancement. Fortunately, there are a lot of opportunities.
Good luck out there!