Best IT security certifications

When it comes to information security, you need only read the headlines to observe that those with malicious intent constantly find new and scary ways to access and misuse privileged information for criminal, unscrupulous or questionable purposes. As a result, IT professionals skilled in information security remain in very high demand and should do so for the foreseeable future.

When evaluating prospective InfoSec candidates, employers frequently look to certification as one measure of excellence and commitment to quality. In this article, we take a look at five InfoSec certifications we consider to be leaders in the field of information security today:

  1. CompTIA Security +
  2. CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker
  3. GSEC: SANS GIAC Security Essentials
  4. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  5. CISM: Certified Information Security Manager

This year’s list includes entry-level credentials, like Security+ and GIAC Security Essentials, as well as more advanced certs, such as the CEH, CISSP and CISM. We also offer some additional certification options in the last section, as the field of information security is both wide and varied.

If you’re serious about advancing your career in the IT field and are interested in specializing in security, certification is a good bet. It’s an effective way to validate your skills and show a current or prospective employer that you’re qualified and properly trained.

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