Advanced level security IT certifications (courses for those with experience)

Advanced level security IT certifications (courses for those with experience)

Henry Dalziel | Information Security Certifications | March 3, 2014


Quick heads up, if you are completely new to IT Security and are interested in entering into the industry, then head on over to our Entry level security IT certifications (courses for beginners) post for training programs that might be better suited to your needs.

OK, as the title suggests, is all about Advanced-Level Security Certifications. To kick-off this post, let us outline and define what we mean by ‘Advanced Certifications’. By ‘Advanced’ we mean certs and training that would help an existing professional acquire and solidify their existing skill-base.

Typically, a student would study one of the below courses if they had completed anywhere between 2-3 years of professional ‘real-life’ security experience. The keyword here is obviously ‘experience.’ Some of the awarding bodies that offer the below courses (ISC2, CompTIA, EC Council and Mile2) are strict on only allowing those with experience to complete the courses. The reason they are doing this is not to create a barrier, rather, they are implying that an individual who already has experience will get the most out of these courses, i.e. a beginners would be out of their depth.

Some of the courses are very well known. For example, the Certified Ethical Hacker by EC Council is widely recognized, as is ISC2’s CISSP and Mile2’s CPTE. The courses listed below include specific areas of expertise and disciplines that include consultancy, senior C-Level management courses and penetration testing engineers.

Category Vendor Course Name Details
InfoSec Cert EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) More Info
InfoSec Cert EC Council Certified Chief Security Officer (C|CISO) More Info
InfoSec Cert EC Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) More Info
InfoSec Cert ISC2 Certified Systems Security Professional (CISSP) More Info
InfoSec Cert ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practioner (SSCP) More Info
InfoSec Cert Mile2 Certified Penetration Testing Engineer (CPTE) More Info
InfoSec Cert Mile2 Certified Systems Security Officer (CISSO) More Info
InfoSec Cert Mile2 Certified Penetration Testing Consultant (CPTC) More Info
InfoSec Cert Mile2 Certified Security Sentinel (CSS) More Info
InfoSec Cert Mile2 Information Systems Certification and Accreditation Professional (ISCAP) More Info
InfoSec Cert Mile2 Certified Security Leadership Officer (CSLO) More Info
InfoSec Cert CompTIA CompTIA Security+ More Info
InfoSec Cert CompTIA CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) More Info

 

In Summary
The current economic climate can make it somewhat tempting for organizations to cut their training budgets when reducing costs, and unfortunately that can directly affect the IT Security department. This, quite possibly, is the worst mistake that an organization could make. Implementing cyber security might be expensive but the cost of being hacked, and cleaning up afterwards is a huge multiple more!

Whilst there is a current shortage of experienced InfoSec professionals, being certified will certainly help you to get one of those lucrative jobs. The networking potential that goes hand-in-hand with joining an IT Membership body is another immediate benefit for studying one of the above courses.

What are your thoughts? Have you been working in the industry for more than 2-3 years and have you studied a security qualification? If so, did it help? Which courses did you study and how did you study it? Any thoughts that you can share are most welcome and will help others visiting this blog post.

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