CISSP, CEH, and More|Top 21 Cyber Security Certifications

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In this article, I have listed some of the best cyber security certifications. These certifications are offered by different vendors e,g. CISSP by ISC2, EC-Council’s CEH, CompTIA CySa+, and many more certifications are covered. Due to the rise in security-related threats over the years, the chance to pursuing a career in cyber security is gaining high value. My guideline below will be helpful for candidates who want to start a career or already working in the field of cyber security. One can choose any of the certifications depending on their preferred role or current work status. The official price for every accreditation is given to help a candidate choose according to budget.

CISSP: ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Do a CISSP Certification?

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Director of Security
  • Network Architect
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Manager
  • Security Auditor
  • Security Analyst
  • IT Director/Manager
  • Managing Cloud security
  • Security Systems Engineer

Eligibility for CISSP:

  • If you have a 4-year college education degree or a regional equivalent of a cissp degree, that is also helpful. This helps you to satisfy 1 year of the required experience.
  • If you lack the experience to become a CISSP professional, you can become an Associate of (ISC)2 by clearing the basic level of the CISSP examination.
  • The Associate of (ISC)2 will then get 6 years to earn the 5 years required experience.

CISSP-ISSAP: ISC2 Information Systems Security Architecture Professional

Overview of the Exam:

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Dig into Information Security Architecture field with CISSP ISSAP Certification

Who Should Earn?

  • System architect
  • Chief technology officer
  • System and network designer
  • Business analyst
  • Chief security officer

Eligibility for CISSP-ISSAP:

CISSP-ISSEP: ISC2 Information Systems Security Engineering Professional

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn This?

  • Senior systems engineer
  • Information assurance systems engineer
  • Information assurance officer
  • Information assurance analyst
  • Senior security analyst

Eligibility for CISSP-ISSEP:

SSCP: ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn SSCP Certification?

  • Network Security Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Security Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
  • Security Administrator
  • Systems/Network Analyst
  • Database Administrator

Eligibility for SSCP?

  • A candidate who doesn’t have the needed skill to become an SSCP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the SSCP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have two years to earn the one-year required experience.

CISSP-ISSMP: ISC2 Information Systems Security Management Professional

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn This?

  • Chief information officer
  • Chief information security officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Senior security executive

Eligibility for CISSP-ISSMP:

CSSLP: ISC2 Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should have the CSSLP Certification?

  • Software Architect
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Application Security Specialist
  • Software Program Manager
  • Quality Assurance Tester
  • Penetration Tester
  • Software Procurement Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Security Manager
  • IT Director/Manager

Eligibility for CSSLP:

  • He should have a four-year degree leading to bachelor, or regional equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) or related fields.

CAP: ISC2 Certified Authorization Professional

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Grab CAP Certification?

These departments are:

  • The military
  • The U.S. Department of Defense
  • Civilian roles, such as federal contractors
  • Local governments
  • Private sector organizations

Eligibility for CAP:

CCSP: ISC2 Certified Cloud Security Professional

Overview of the Exam:

Who Earns the CCSP Certification?

  • Enterprise Architect
  • Security Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Security Architect
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Manager
  • Systems Architect

Eligibility Criteria for CCSP:

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+):

Overview of the Exam:

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Breaking into Cybersecurity Careers with CompTIA CySA+ Certification

Who Should Earn?

  • Security analyst
  • Tier II SOC analyst
  • Security monitoring
  • Threat intelligence analyst
  • Security engineer
  • Application security analyst
  • Incident response or handler
  • Compliance analyst
  • Threat hunter

Eligibility for CySA+:

EC-Council Certified Security Specialist (ECSS):

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn This?

  • Ethical Hackers
  • Penetration Testers
  • Network server administrators
  • Firewall Administrators
  • Security Testers
  • System Administrators and Risk Assessment professionals

Eligibility for ECSS:

EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Ethical Hackers
  • Penetration Testers
  • Network server administrators
  • Firewall Administrators
  • Security Testers
  • System Administrators and Risk Assessment professionals

Eligibility for ECSA:

EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

Eligibility Criteria:

EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP)

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Consultants
  • Individuals wanting to have a career in the field of IT Business
  • Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • IT Risk Managers and Consultants
  • CISOs and IT Directors

Eligibility Criteria:

312–50: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Who Should Earn?

Eligibility for CEH:

312–49: Computer Hacking Forensic Investigation (CHFI)

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Police and other law enforcement personnel
  • Defense and Military personnel
  • e-Business Security professionals
  • Systems administrators
  • Legal professionals
  • Banking, Insurance and other professionals
  • If you work in the above-mentioned field, CHFI could be helpful.

Eligibility Criteria:

Certified Network Defender (CND):

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Network security Administrators
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Network Defense Technicians
  • CND Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Operator
  • Anyone who involves in network operations

Eligibility for the CND:

GSEC: GIAC Security Essentials

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Security professionals
  • Security managers
  • Operations personnel
  • IT engineers and supervisors
  • Security administrators
  • Forensic analysts
  • Penetration testers
  • Auditors

Eligibility for the Certification:

GCIA: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • System analysts
  • Security analysts
  • Network engineers
  • Network Administrators
  • Hands-on security managers

Eligibility for GCIA:

GCIH: GIAC Certified Incident Handler

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn GCIH?

  • Incident handling team leads
  • System administrators
  • Security practitioners
  • Security architects
  • Any security personnel that are first responders

Eligibility Criteria:

GPEN: GIAC Penetration Tester

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Penetration testers
  • Ethical hackers
  • Red Team members
  • Blue Team members
  • Defenders, auditors, and forensic specialists who want to better understand offensive tactics

Eligibility Criteria:

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP):

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Technical Lead Analyst
  • Application Security Engineer
  • Security Engineer

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The following recommended prerequisites: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CySA+ or equivalent experience

CompTIA PenTest+

Overview of the Exam:

Who Should Earn?

  • Vulnerability Tester
  • Security Analyst (II)
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
  • Network Security Operations
  • Application Security Vulnerability

Eligibility Criteria:

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