Many ask if the certifications are worth pursuing.  Having certifications are just as important to some employers than having a degree.  Some companies will allow you get them after being hired while others require them before an interview.  It also impresses employers because your using own personal time and money to get a certification. 

Here are some cybersecurity related certifications you can get.

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CompTIA – Global certification that validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.  establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs.  Normally the first security certification professionals should obtain.

The exam is 90 question in a 90-minute exam in which you must score a 750 or above to pass. 

Network + / Security + / A+ / ITF+

CompTIA – Cybersecurity Pathway

COMPTIA Cybersecurity

CompTIA CySA+ (Cybersecurity Analyst) –  is an IT workforce certification that applies behavioral analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats through continuous security monitoring.

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) – is the ideal certification for technical professionals who wish to remain immersed in technology, as opposed to strictly managing.

CompTIA PenTest+ – is for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management.

https://www.comptia.org/home is the link to access CompTIA certifications.

GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Validates a practitioner’s knowledge of information security beyond simple terminology and concepts. GSEC certification holders are demonstrating that they are qualified for hands-on IT systems roles with respect to security tasks.

Requirements consists of a proctored exam of 180 questions in a 5 hr time limit with a minimum passing score of 73%.



The Cisco Career Certification program also includes several specializations. These certifications acknowledge a professional’s skills in a specific Cisco technology, such as data center application services, voicemail and messaging or rich media. Cisco specializations are organized into two primary categories: one targeting technical specialists and another targeting digital transformation specialists. Between these two categories, there are currently 15 specializations among which IT pros can choose.



 (ISC)2 – The International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)², is a non-profit organization which specializes in training and certifications for cybersecurity professionals. It has been described as the “world’s largest IT security organization”

CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional is a high-level credential focused on security policy and management. This is the most frequently mentioned certification in the business. It was also one of the top-paying IT security certifications in 2014.

CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor is designed for professionals who audit, control, monitor and assess information technology and business systems.

CISM: Certified Information Security Manager is geared towards people in managerial positions (e.g. CIO of IT security).

GCIH: GIAC Certified Incident Handler is for incident handlers responsible for detecting, responding to and resolving computer security incidents.

CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker is often discussed among white hat hackers and penetration testers.

OSCP: Offensive Security Certified Professional is designed for penetration testers and includes a rigorous 24 hour certification exam.


CWNP: Certified Wireless Network Professional

A Certified Wireless Networking Professional (CWNP) is a series of vendor-neutral certifications offered for individuals working on wireless networking processes and technologies.

It is a program aimed at training, evaluating, testing and certifying an individual’s ability in multiple wireless networking job roles and domains

CWNP offers six certification programs for a diverse range of candidates—from entry-level technicians to experts—looking to obtain the prestige that comes with the CWNP brand. These certifications include:

CWS – Certified Wireless Specialist is an entry-level certification for those in sales, marketing and entry-level positions related to Wi-Fi. CWS teaches the language of Wi-Fi and is an excellent introduction to enterprise Wi-Fi. The CWS certification is valid for 3 years.

CWT – Certified Wireless Technician is an entry-level certification for teaching technicians to install and configure Wi-Fi at the basic level. CWT provides the skills needed to install and configure an AP to specifications and configure a client device to connect to and use the WLAN. CWT is valid for 3 years.

CWNA – Certified Wireless Network Administrator is an administrator level career certification for networkers who are in the field and need to thoroughly understand RF behavior, site surveying, installation, and basic enterprise Wi-Fi security. CWNA is where you learn how RF and IP come together as a Wi-Fi network. The CWNA certification is valid for 3 year

CWSP – Certified Wireless Security Professional is a professional level certification for network engineers who seek to establish their expertise in enterprise Wi-Fi security. Contrary to popular belief, enterprise Wi-Fi can be secure, if the IT pros installing and configuring it understand how to secure the wireless network. You must have a current CWNA credential to take the CWSP exam. The CWSP certification is valid for 3 years.

CWDP – Certified Wireless Design Professional is a professional level career certification for networkers who are already CWNA certified and have a thorough understanding of RF technologies and applications of 802.11 networks. The CWDP curriculum prepares WLAN professionals to properly design wireless LANs for different applications to perform optimally in different environments. You must have a current CWNA credential to take the CWDP exam. The CWDP certification is valid for 3 years.

CWAP – Certified Wireless Analysis Professional is a professional level career certification for networkers who are already CWNA certified and have a thorough understanding of RF technologies and applications of 802.11 networks. The CWAP curriculum prepares WLAN professionals to analyze, troubleshoot, and optimize any wireless LAN. You must have a current CWNA credential to take the CWAP exam. The CWAP certification is valid for 3 years. The CWAP exam is available at all Pearson VUE Testing Centers worldwide.

CWNE – Certified Wireless Network Expert is an expert level Wi-Fi certification for the most elite Wi-Fi professionals. Do you have what it takes to be recognized as an expert in enterprise Wi-Fi? If so, start here.


CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker.  A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s). The CEH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.  https://cert.eccouncil.org/certified-ethical-hacker.html


CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor – Auditing, controlling, monitoring and assessing an organization’s information technology and business systems.

CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control – Indicates expertise in identifying and managing enterprise IT risk and implementing and maintaining information systems controls.

CISM – Certified Information Security Manager – expertise in information security governance, program development and management, incident management and risk management.

CGEIT – Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT –  assess, design, implement and manage enterprise IT governance systems aligned with overall business goals

CSX-P – Cybersecurity Practitioner Certification – Demonstrates critical cybersecurity skills in a live, proctored, virtual environment that assesses their analytical ability to identify assets and resolve network and host cybersecurity issues by applying the foundational cybersecurity knowledge and skills required of an evolving cyber first responder.

CDPSE – Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer – Partners with software developers, system and network engineers, application and database administrators, and project managers to build data privacy and protection measures into new and existing technology environments.

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