A list of 80 Information Security certifications and their niches [updated for 2014]

A list of 80 Information Security certifications and their niches [updated for 2014]

Henry Dalziel | Information Security Careers | February 28, 2014



Jump to your information security (training) niche of interest!


Little background to this post and resource: Students ask us dozens of times each day questions like:

  • Which is the best information security certification for me?
  • Which is the best cert to follow a career in, for example, forensics etc?
  • Which is the most ‘in-demand’ infosec cert out there etc?

So, we thought we’d post this and direct folk to this to act as a reference and a helpful resource for all.


We currently (February 2014) work with four major IT Security and Assurance organizations, namely -CompTIA, ISC2, EC Council and Mile2. Each of these four membership bodies offer a variety of vendor neutral certifications and they are also awarding bodies. Concise Courses also offer their own courses (which are a mix of industry-focused skill training such as SCADA/ ICS Security, and a wide range of affordable mini-courses. We also offer free continuing education training programs! Please follow this link for a full list of our CE/ CPE courses).

In summary, Concise Courses offers eight separate (but also inter-connected) subject and skill-levels. These are: Entry Level courses (mostly aimed at beginners starting their careers), Advanced Certifications and Training, Specialized (niche) IT Security Courses, Digital Forensics, Networking, Healthcare, Management and Secure Programming.


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Beginners IT Security Certifications and Courses (Entry-level)

We offer a range of infosec certs and short courses for those interested in either starting a career in security or enhancing their skills to further bolster their CV.

The majority of these courses are either offered online by virtual/ live-online interactive learning, blended study or by self-study. Please click on the appropriate course to learn more about pricing and the course.

This list also contains a list of our free continuing education courses.

 

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Category Vendor Course Name Details
Beginners CompTIA CompTIA Security+ More Info
Beginners Concise Courses How To Hack and Defend Your Website More Info
Beginners Concise Courses Pentesting With Linux Distros More Info
Beginners Concise Courses How To Pentest with Metasploitâ„¢ On Demand (For Beginners!) More Info
Beginners Concise Courses Secure Coding Web Applications More Info
Beginners Concise Courses Applied Penetration Testing Level 1 (Beginners Pentesting) More Info
Beginners Concise Courses How Vulnerable Is Your Business is to Cyber Attacks? More Info
Beginners Concise Courses How To Defeat Advanced Malware. New Tools for Protection and Forensics More Info
Beginners Concise Courses How To Catch a Phish: User Awareness and Training More Info
Beginners Concise Courses Magic Quadrant Strategy and Tactics More Info
Beginners EC Council Security 5 (Security|5) More Info
Beginners EC Council Network 5 (Network|5) More Info
Beginners EC Council Wireless 5 (Wireless|5) More Info
Beginners EC Council Certified Security Specialist (ECSS) More Info
Beginners EC Council Certified e-Business Professional (CEP) More Info
Beginners ISC2 Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) More Info

 


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Advanced IT Security Certifications and Courses

These courses and certifications are for those that have been working in the industry for a year or more. The main benefit of achieving a certification listed below is that it would solidify your position and skills within an organization.

 

Category Vendor Course Name Details
InfoSec Cert EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) More Info
InfoSec Cert EC Council Certified Chief More Information Security Officer (C|CISO) More Info
InfoSec Cert EC Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) More Info
InfoSec Cert ISC2 Certified More Information 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 More Information 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

 


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Specialized IT Security Certifications and Courses

These courses and certifications are for those that are interested to specialize in a particular security niche. Examples include: becoming a VOIP Security Professional, Incident Handler, an Instructor, Digital Computer (Legal) investigator, Recovery and Disaster Professional, Linux Engineer, Cloud and Social Security Specialist! This list is very wide and demonstrates the scope that you can get into if you have an interest in Information Security and Assurance.

 

Category Vendor Course Name Details
Specialized EC Council Certified EC-Council Instructor (CEI) More Info
Specialized EC Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH) More Info
Specialized EC Council Certified VOIP Professional (ECVP) More Info
Specialized EC Council Certified Computer Investigator (ECCI) More Info
Specialized EC Council Certified Encryption Specialist (ECES) More Info
Specialized EC Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP) More Info
Specialized Mile2 Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (CDRE) More Info
Specialized Mile2 Certified Incident Handling Engineer (CIHE) More Info
Specialized Mile2 Certified Secure Linux Engineer (CSLE) More Info
Specialized Mile2 Certified Vulnerability Assessor (CVA) More Info
Specialized Mile2 Security Controls More Info
Specialized CompTIA CompTIA Cloud+ More Info
Specialized CompTIA CompTIA Mobile App Security+ More Info
Specialized CompTIA CompTIA Social Media Security Professional More Info

 


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Digital Forensics IT Security Certifications Training and Courses

These digital forensics are niche – but are hugely in-demand! Becoming a forensics professional would really mark you out from the crowd and increasr your earning potential.

 

Category Vendor Course Name Details
Digital Forensics EC Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) More Info
Digital Forensics ISC2 Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) More Info
Digital Forensics Mile2 Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (CDFE) More Info
Digital Forensics Mile2 Certified Network Forensics Examiner (CNFE) More Info

 


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Networking IT Security Certifications Training and Courses

Clearly networks are the Internet – they are the veins that transmit all that data. Networking enginners and security professionals are absolutely vital to the economy and every single organization. We only offer a couple of networking courses but these are very much in demand!

 

Category Vendor Course Name Details
Networking EC Council Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) More Info
Networking EC Council Network Security Administrator (ENSA) More Info

 


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Healthcare IT Security Certifications Training and Courses

Obviously this is a huge space to get into and become a security expert. Needless to say – Healthcare is married to security. Compliance and healthcare are entwined. Bottom line is this: patient care is the number one priority in the healthcare industry (and likewise for all other industries when it comes to customer confidentiality), but with healthcare patient trust and privacy just seems that little more important. Healthcare providers and vendors will pay top-dollar to security professionals that can demonstrate an ability to firm up and secure their systems.

 

Category Vendor Course Name Details
Healthcare ISC2 Healthcare More Information Security and Privacy Practioner (HCISPP) More Infoa name=”mile2″>
Healthcare CompTIA CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician More Info

 


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Senior C-Level Management IT Security Certifications Training and Courses

Where would we be without our leaders!? Said simple, every single (SME/ large organization) needs quality and proven C-Level Security Executives. Yes, for sure – categorically 100% fact – you will earn more once you become a CISO.

 

Category Vendor Course Name Details
Management EC Council Certified Chief More Information Security Officer (C|CISO) More Info
Management Mile2 Certified More Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO) More Info
Management Mile2 Certified Security Leadership Officer (CSLO) More Info

 


Should we add another certification or do you have any thoughts about these courses? Let us know in the comments below!


Secure Programming/ Web Application IT Security Certifications Training and Courses

Without secure Web Apps and coding – we’d all be in the doo-doo. If you are a coder, programmer, or just plain interested, these these certs are for you.

 

Category Vendor Course Name Details
Programming EC Council Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP) More Info
Programming EC Council Certified Secure Application Developer (CSAD) More Info
Programming ISC2 Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) More Info
Programming Mile2 Certified Secure Web Applications Engineer (CSWAE) More Info

 

In Summary
Help us out! What do you think? Should we add another training organization or awarding body to this post and do you think we have most of the bases covered? Have you taken any of these certs? Did they help your career? Let us know!

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