Top cybersecurity certifications to consider for your IT career

With the right cybersecurity certifications, you can attain your goals seamlessly and in a fast way and speed up your career.

Cyber attacks are making headlines almost every day in today’s era. The attacks have increased both in number and complexity. Because of this natural demand, it is now crucial for companies and specialized firms to reinforce and invest in professionals to face a problem that technology can’t solve.

Being a professional within the field, a curious person, or even someone that wishes to work in the field, there are a lot of cybersecurity certifications you need to consider in order to improve your skills. Earning a certification in this field is an excellent way to boost your career potentials. With the right cybersecurity certifications, you can attain your goals seamlessly and in a fast way.

From my point of
view, one of the ways you can make gown your career is by investing your time
and money and getting a certification that will truly improve your skills,
knowledge and, thus, developing a new mindset to face everyday challenges.

There are exceptional cybersecurity
certifications you should check out as they can be the golden ticket to your
next job role.

Certified Ethical Hacker – CEH

A Certified
Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to find
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.

Certified Information Security Manager –

ISACA®’s Certified
Information Security Manager® (CISM®) certification
instantly validates your skills and expertise in information security
management. It proves you can plan and institute information security programs
and practices that prevent security breaches and quickly mitigate damage should
a breach occur. That’s why hiring managers and clients look for it and many
businesses and government agencies require it.

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+
is the first security certification IT professionals should earn. This
certification establishes the core knowledge required by any cybersecurity role
and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best
practices in hands-on trouble-shooting to ensure security professionals have
practical security problem-solving skills. Cybersecurity professionals with
Security+ know how to address security incidents – not just identify them.

SANS GIAC Security Essentials – GSEC

The GIAC Security
Essentials (GSEC) certification
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

Offensive Security Certified
Professional – OSCP

The OSCP examination consists
of a virtual network containing targets of varying configurations and operating
systems. At the start of the exam, the student receives the exam and
connectivity instructions for an isolated exam network that they have no prior
knowledge or exposure to. The successful examinee will demonstrate their
ability to research the network (information gathering), identify any
vulnerabilities and successfully execute attacks. This often includes modifying
exploit code with the goal to compromise the systems and gain administrative

The candidate is
expected to submit a comprehensive penetration test report, containing in-depth
notes and screenshots detailing their findings. Points are awarded for each
compromised host, based on their difficulty and level of access obtained.

Certified Cloud Security Professional –

Earning the
globally recognized CCSP cloud security certification is a proven way to build
your career and better secure critical assets in the cloud.

The CCSP shows you have the
advanced technical skills and knowledge to design, manage and secure data,
applications, and infrastructure in the cloud using best practices, policies
and procedures established by the cybersecurity experts at (ISC)².

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

The Certified
Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is considered
the gold standard in the field of information security. This CISSP certification training course is aligned with (ISC)² CBK 2018 requirements and will train you to
become an information assurance professional who defines all aspects of IT
security, including architecture, design, management, and controls. Most IT
security positions require or prefer a CISSP certification, so get started with
your CISSP training today.

like many other areas of IT, has grown to the point where certifications have
been proliferating in recent years. As in other areas in IT, security is
crucial and certifications can help you verify your high-end skill set.

About the Author

Pedro Tavares is a
cybersecurity professional and a founding member and Pentester of CSIRT.UBI and
the founder of

In recent years he has invested in the field of information security, exploring and analyzing a wide range of topics, such as pentesting (Kali Linux), malware, hacking, cybersecurity, IoT and security in computer networks.  He is also a Freelance Writer.

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