Notable Cyber Security Certifications for 2019

Cyber Security Certification: the proof is in the pudding - certification proving one is knowledgeable in various IT topics such as cryptography, risk management, data recovery, etc.
Gigabit Systems
January 22, 2019
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2018 proved that major cyber security breaches are on the rise. Complimenting this growing need to pay attention to how businesses address cyber security is its job market. According to Cyber Seek, there are approximately 302,000 cybersecurity job openings throughout the United States - 769,00 cybersecurity professionals are currently employed in the American workforce. By 2021, Cyber Seek reports that 500,000 Americans will be cybersecurity professionals, with 3 million jobs open in that same field for the rest of the year. As the cyber security job market expands, here are some top certifications to keep an eye out for.

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is particularly useful for IT professionals interested in managerial-level responsibilities. Designed by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), those interested in applying for this program should be looking to refine their advanced skills in security risk management, program management, governance, and emergency preparedness. Those who hold this credential are usually experienced security professionals who have agreed to the ISACA Code of Professional Ethics, passed a comprehensive examination, comply with the organization’s education policy, as well as a minimum of five years security experience.

The credential is valid for three years, and holders must pay an annual fee that varies based on whether or not you are an ISACA member. The ISACA also offers several other credentials for IT managers. These include the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

CompTIA’s Security+

Unlike the CISM certification, the Security+ certification is aimed towards entry-level professionals with at least two years of experience working in network security. Those interested in this program should be experts in areas such as threat management, cryptography, identity management, security systems, security risk identification and mitigation, network access control, and security infrastructure. This highly respected and vendor-neutral security certification is often preceded by the Network+ certification, also for entry level professionals.

CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) has a prestigious reputation worldwide. An advanced-level certification, CISSP credential holders are considered experts in managing security standards, policies, and procedures within their organizations. As the demand for highly skilled IT professionals grows, advanced job seekers in the field should expect to see this certification as a must-have on many position vacancies.

In order to receive the CISSP certification, professionals will need a minimum of five years of experience in at least two of Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) domains. These domains include: Security and Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Architecture and Engineering, Communications and Network Security, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations, and Software Development Security. There is a steep $600 fee to take the exam and an annual fee of $85 to maintain the credential. All credential holders are required to recertify every 3 years, while earning 40 continuing professional education (CPE) credits annually.


As issues of cyber security dominate the public’s attention, it should come as no surprise that there is an exponentially growing job market for information technology professionals. To keep up with this demand, businesses should remain well-read on the various types of cyber security certifications, and how investing in employees and their continuing education may provide a rate of return.

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