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There are multiple industry security certifications available in my industry including the
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), the
CompTIA Security+, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and
the Certified Information Security Auditor.one of the main certifications that I think can
have an immediate impact and help my career is the CompTIA Security+. The CompTIA
Security+ certification is an international certification that substantiates the baseline skills
you need to execute core security functions and pursue an IT security career. A CompTIA
Security+ certification is the first security certification that one should earn. The
certification establishes the core information and requirements of any Cybersecurity roles.
Another certification that is important and a huge part of my development is the CISM
certification. The Certified Information Security Manager is an advanced certification that
indicates whether or not a person has the skills and knowledge to manage and develop an
enterprise information security program. This certification is a great accomplishment and
would be wonderful to have on your resume. Both of these certifications are great and
requires hard work but are very much worth it. I really never looked to much into the
certification for my future job until now and the one that is most important is CompTia.
Also I noticed that they recommend two years of IT but they don’t have any requirements.
Another one I looked at as well upon my research is CEH. It peaked my interest because I
always wondered about things with hacking and ways to stop it because I’ve had it done to
me and it was not a good feeling. I think it’s important to have that knowledge because
you can easily find ways to stop it and to notice the signs of when it happens. They also
would like for you to have at least two years of IT experience and that they only require
you to take one exam to become certified. I am interested knowing more about the
CompTia . I know that they do have these classes here in my hometown which is
Montgomery, Alabama. The class last a couple of weeks and I do think that it is very
helpful for someone who is interested in working in that field. I however would gain the
experience needed that they are offering just to build my resume but Im interested in
taking my career further. I think with that certificate which by the way it is $2500 for a
few weeks but I am assured that you would gain a good paying job. I just hope that with
the training we will be getting that it will assist us properly within our career choice. The
two certifications that I am interested in and are currently working for in my field are the
CompTIA Security plus and CompTIA network plus. These two certifications will give test
me on the requirements to keep my interaction on the cyber domain locally and outside
safe from intrusion. CompTIA security plus will train and test me on Public Cryptography
and public key infrastructure (PKI) and the current industry standard on protecting data
and host security practices. It will also prepare me for risk management and test on the
skills and procedures that I learned that used in the current industry. CompTIA network
plus will give me capabilities to employ devices such as switches and routers to safely
route traffic with the current industry standard. Also, I will learn and be certified on the
industry designing and implementing networks that I think will also go in hand with the
risk management from the security plus certification. Both these certifications will mesh
well together in my future goals and in my current job in the military. One certification
that I am interested in achieving in the CompTIA Security + certification. CompTIA is an
industry recognized training and certification company. Their name is well known within
the Information Technology field. The Security + certification certifies that a person
achieving the certificate has a solid understanding of cybersecurity concepts and best
practices. The material covered in the certification is very similar to what we have covered
here in our Cyber Domain course. Some of the areas that are covered in the certification
are attacks, threats, and vulnerabilities, architecture and design, implementation, operations
and incident response, governance, risk and compliance (Comptia, 2020). The CompTIA
Security + certification is a foundation for anyone looking to enter the cyber security
domain.
Another certification is ISC2’s Certified Cloud Security Professional. This certification
holds a lot of value in the cyber security industry because more and more companies are
moving their data to the cloud. With the increase in cloud usage protecting data from cyber
threats is more important than ever. The Certified Cloud Security Professional certification
cover everything you need to know to secure data within the cloud and ensure that it is
safe and protected. I became interested in cybersecurity because my brother got his
certifications in the Air Force and it piqued my interest. I have no IT work experience
which I think will be my biggest downfall for when it comes time to get a job and or my
certifications. I read that the CompTIA security+ is probably the most important one to
have, and its recommended to have two years of IT experience. From what I have gathered
it is one of the most common certifications to get. Next I would probably say the CISM
(certified information security manager) would be beneficial to have. I am hoping to
eventually get a job as an Information Security Manager. The CISM certification requires
you to maintain your certification by earning credits each year and adhering to a code of
professional ethics. I have found that there are many different certifications that one can
get to better help them stand out from the rest of the crowd because it shows that you have
went the extra mile and that you are certified in the subject. For me it is IT so I narrowed
it down to 2 certifications for cyber security and they are Certified Information Security
Manager (CISM) and CompTIA security+. According to Business News Daily, The
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is a top credential for IT professionals
responsible for managing, developing and overseeing information security systems in
enterprise-level applications, or for developing best organizational security
practices.Credential holders possess advanced and proven skills in security risk
management, program development and management, governance, and incident
management and response. CompTIA's Security+ is a well-respected, vendor-neutral
security certification. Security+ credential holders are recognized as possessing superior
technical skills, broad knowledge and expertise in multiple security-related disciplines. IT
pros who obtain this certification possess expertise in areas such as threat management,
cryptography, identity management, security systems, security risk identification and
mitigation, network access control, and security infrastructure. Since I started this program
I started researching careers in Cyber Security, which way I wanted to go, I saw a lot of
military post and what they require, I also saw banks and saw what requirements they
needed. I finally decided I would like to work on a military base or at bank. I saw the
certifications required and one of those certifications is the SSCP, Its an advanced security
administration certification that helps validate skills needed to secure businesses critical
assets. SSCP certification proves that IT pros possess the advanced technical skills needed
to implement, manage, and administer IT infrastructure. The other certification is the
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Having this certification employers will
know you have been tested, and have the knowledge and skills needed to provide efficient
and experienced auditing services and that you have been credentialed by one of the most
prestigious security associations in the industry. Another career field or location I'm
interested in is working at a hospital. Im currently still researching what credentials are
needed so it this can be a possible career outcome. I live close to lots of different air force
bases, and what I see the most often as a hard requirement for jobs in my area is the
CompTia Security plus and a security clearance. I currently work for the Department of
Defense, and the two entry level positions dont have a hard push for a degree or for any
other entry level certifications except for the Sec+. As long as you can get a public trust
and have the Comptia Securityplus+ they will give you an interview. But when I worked
for Boeing they had stricter requirements. They wanted you to have at least your Comptia
A+ or Comptia Network+ as well as the Security plus, and either have a degree or are
enrolled in college, and be able to get a public trust.So in my experience companies really
want to know that you can safely handle information and that you are aware of best
practices and have the ability to identify various threats. This is knowledge you gain from
acquiring the security plus from Comptia. Since its an entry level certification you most
likely would not be able to get a higher tiered job within the companies I've worked for,
but it can get your foot in the door. I always recommend getting the CompTia trifecta, A+,
Net+ and Sec+ to start out, because all 3 certifications will help you build a strong
foundation. The A+ touches on networking, security, hardware, software, mobile devices,
tablets, and trouble shooting basics. So the A+ is like casting a wide net in a shallow pond,
you won't become an expert on this cert alone but you will get a lot of foundational
information. It can also help you identify which field within IT you are the most interested
in. The Net+ goes more in-depth with all things networking, doesn't focus on a specific
brand like Cisco but at the end of it you will have a basic understanding on how
networking works. When doing IT wok for a big corporation we have to know a lot of
things and need to be certified in it to be able to help the customer. The very first
certification the employees would have to have is certifications for iOS. Knowing how the
product works and what software it can handle so you can do your job with technical
problems. If you aren't certified you cant help the customer with any iOS device. If a
customer called in and needed help with there iPhone, I would have to get them to the next
representative that is certified in iOS. Another certification I would need after getting one
for the iOS is certifications for iPadOS and its the same rules go as for the iOS have to
have these certifications to be able to help along with certifications for macOS, watchOS,
tvOS but there are many more certifications in the company. In order to help someone you
need to know what you are helping them with so you can bring confidence to your
customers and the company. Having these certifications helps me to give the best customer
service experience and bring up my company's goals with excellent customer service
experience also helping them with their issue. The two industry certifications that I decided
to talk about are the CISSP and the CISA. I chose these two because according to Business
News Daily these are the two that show up most in job boards. The CISSP (Certified
Information Systems Security Professional) certification is recognized worldwide and is
offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, known
as (ISC)2. The CISSP is designed for individuals who are experienced security
professionals. They offer three CISSP concentrations targeting specific areas of interest in
IT security; Architecture (CISSP-ISSAP); Engineering (CISSP-ISSEP); and Management
(CISSP-ISSMP). The second certification I will talk about is CISA (Certified Information
Systems Auditor). ISACA's Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is also globally
recognized, and it does not require you to work in the field as long at CISSP. CISA “is the
gold standard for IT professionals seeking to practice in information security, audit control
and assurance. Ideal candidates are able to identify and assess organizational threats and
vulnerabilities, assess compliance, and provide guidance and organizational security
controls.”. Since these two were found the most in job boards I think they would be a good
thing to get once I have met the qualifications for each. There are many different types of
industry security certifications. One of the most well known and beginner types of
certifications is the CompTIA Security+ certification. This is one of the many certifications
that CompTIA have and it is a baseline start for anyone that is looking to get into cyber
security. This is a networking based, vendor-neutral certification. It can help you to get
started into the world of cybersecurity and shows that you have a baseline and fundamental
understanding of some of the basics surrounding network security. Another type of
certification that would be great to have and would help tremendously in your career in
cyber security is the CISSP certifications or the Certified Information Systems Security
Professional certification. This is a very highly regarded certification and is a very
advanced level certification. This certification shows employers that you have a very
comprehensive understanding of the cyber domain and all of the different securities
surrounding cyber security. To obtain this certification you must meet many of the steps
before you can even submit an application to take the exam. If you have this certification
it really shows that you know what you are doing in the cyber security field. In the
technology-driven time of the 21st century, security certifications indifferent industries
play an important role that must be taken into consideration by professionals. In the
healthcare industry, a number of industry security certifications influence how healthcare
professionals operate and function in the highly dynamic industrial landscape.
Two particular industry security certifications that are applicable in my career interest area
which is healthcare include Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner
(HCISPP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP). HCISPP is considered to be
an important information security certification that can give healthcare professionals an
edge in the evolving industry. Some of the key advantages of the certification are that it
empowers the professionals to safeguard patient health information and it simplifies
navigating the complex regulatory landscape .CCSP is known as a premier cloud security
certification that is regarded to be a global credential. It has high relevance in the
healthcare industry as various healthcare functions are moving to the cloud environment.
The key advantages of the CCSP certification include the robust insight into cloud security
architecture that safeguards medical data and information and competitive edge over other
professionals with restricted knowledge of cloud security aspects. There are many DoD
8570 security certificates to obtain but the one that I desire to have is the CompTia
Security+ SY0-601 first and then aim for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner
(SSCP). CompTIA Security+ establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity
role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+
incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical
security problem-solving skills required.
The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification from (ISC)2 is a globally
recognized security certification that targets IT professionals in roles such as network
security engineer, system administrator, system engineer, security analyst, consultant,
database administrator, and system or network analyst. SSCPs possess advanced security
administration and operations skills. I work for a big company that has endless
opportunities in the security engineering/ cyber world. The advantages of having one of the
certs gives that person a head start and a foot in the door since some of the qualifications
on an application would require you to have or obtain a certificate. I think that CompTIA
Security+ is a huge global certification that I think you should have for any Information
Technology job. As I have been looking for entry level jobs, most of them have been
asking for this certification. It just validates the skill and education that you worked hard
for. It is 100% worth the effort of going through this exam. IT will help you gain
credentials to pursue a cyber security related job. Not only does it help you get jobs, but it
will also be great for your resume. The other certification that I would want to get before
starting my career in Information Technology would be CompTIA Linux +. I would want
this because a lot of the companies in my area have this program as a requirement. That
way if I have this in advance, I will have an advantage over other potential employees.
These certifications will get you are an entry level job at companies, and as you advance
your resume you will be able to get higher-paying jobs. Skills will only make you more
appealing to companies when you send in your resume. I work for the Department of
Corrections and we have Correctional Industries (CI) environment, certification programs
prepare incarcerated individuals to work in a specialized trade, both while incarcerated and
upon release. Evidence has shown that including certifications on a resume can give
formerly incarcerated individuals an advantage over other candidates applying for the same
job. Technical certification programs provide the incarcerated individual with the
following; increased post-release employment opportunities, validation of the attainment of
job skills needed for employability, and reduction or elimination of employment barriers.
Risk factors are identified as barriers to success when reintegrating into the community.
Many incarcerated individuals face employment challenges that result from these risk
factors. Certified training provides incarcerated individuals with job skills that align with
the labor market and offer the incarcerated individual one less barrier to overcome upon
release. Technical certifications have standards that are known industry-wide and
employers expect that an incarcerated individual has mastered a specific skill level with the
completion of a certified training program.One of two secondary data sources provided
information on security operations topics. Although one of the survey designs was
methodologically sound, the response rate created a potential for biased estimates. U.S. or
local DOL, other federal/state agencies such as OSHA, Department of Education. There
are numerous program providers throughout the United States that work with CIs. It is
important going into a partnership to be able to clearly articulate what CIs needs are in
order for the partner organization to determine if they have relevant training and services.
Overall, high-quality demographic data have been collected in existing surveys; however,
variations in the survey methodology and definitions of private security across these
surveys produced some discrepancies in the estimates. When in the IT field there are
multiple security certifications available, some are best to help on entry level and others
for veteran IT pros. Comp TIA A+ is recommended for someone who is just beginning in
the field, it helps get the foot in the door to start in a tech support position allowing room
for growth. To earn the certification, you must pass two tests, Core 1 (220-1001) and Core
2 (220-1002). Obtaining it will help demonstrate baseline security skills, ability to
configure operating systems, trouble shoot, and problem solve core service, and configure
and support PC, mobile, and IoT device along with additional skills. Another certification
to investigate is CompTIA Security+, this helps employers see your understanding of the
baseline security skills and helps with compliance for DoD 8140/8570 and ISO 17024.
When getting certified it emphasizes hands on practice to ensure understanding of modern
complex issues, covers the core technical skills for risk assessment and management,
incident response, forensics, enterprise networks, hybrid/cloud operations, and security
controls. Having both credentials helps entering the field as a beginner because it shows
the wide range understanding of trouble shooting standard operating system issues as well
as security ones as well. There are several industry security certifications available in my
area of career interest. I specifically want to work in the IT department for the State of
California. I am not sure which department I want to work toward, but for now, any entry
level IT position will do. An industry security certificate that I feel is a must have is the
CompTIA Security +. This is the very first certificate every IT security professional should
earn to get their foot in the door in cybersecurity jobs. Having this certificate is proof that
you have knowledge in information technology security. Most entry level IT security jobs
recommend that you have the CompTIA Security + because they would rather hire
someone who has knowledge in the IT security field instead of someone who knows little
to none. Having said that, this give you a huge advantage in competitive interviews and
will help you land a job. Another industry security certification that I am interested in is
the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). I’ve done a lot of auditing task with
every employer I’ve worked for and feel that if there’s anything that I’d like to pursue in
IT, it would be in auditing. While CompTIA Security + is a must have I think for any job,
as far as my particular job right now I think I would also benefit by obtaining a CompTIA
Linux + and a Red Hat RHCA, RHCE and RHCSA, because I work for the Oklahoma
Army National Guard and the systems I work with are Linux based mainly Red Hat. By
obtaining these certifications when it is time to move on to a different job perhaps I could
be a civilian field representative and continue to aid soldiers with their systems. Security +
I think has become a requisite for any IT related position. and I understand why it has
become a requisite in the industry. CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that
validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT
security career. CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification IT professionals
should earn. The CompTIA Security+ certification is worth the effort if you intend to
pursue a cyber security related career track or you want to add security credentials to
resume. A great benefit of the Security+, and most other CompTIA certifications, is that
there is no prerequisite experience or training involved. The CompTIA Security+
certification will help you break into the industry, but for most, it will only be the first
step. This certification will get you in the door at companies, but higher-paying jobs will
only be available as you add to your resume with more advanced skills and work
experience. The Security+ is something you could add to your resume which is a great
benefit of the certification. Having a certification that is valued and recognized by the
federal government and it’s vendors and contractors is certainly a benefit of the CompTIA
Security+ certification. I think the CompTIA Security+ is a good beginner one to have. A
lot of the beginner openings in IT seems to ask for this when applying for beginner jobs.
The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify that you have the knowledge and skills required
to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices. Also, that
you can perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques;
participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable
policies, laws, and regulations. CompTIA also has three more certifications in cyber
security, the CySA+ which and intermediate exams, and the CASP+ and the PenTest+ are
advanced level exams. CompTIA exams are on the cheaper side and most of the
beginner/intermediate companies in the IT work force respect these types of exams.
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