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Top 15 Cybersecurity Certification To Impress The Market In 2020

New year 2020 is almost here with a lot of new career aspects in cybersecurity for all of you who are looking forward to prosper and be successful in the coming days. We all would agree to the fact that certification in Cybersecurity is a sure shot way of being valued as an expert professional in this domain. It gives an extraordinary boost to your career and therefore, earning a certification or multiple certification in a desired field is always a wise decision.

All the professionals already working in Cybersecurity must remember that this domain is developing every day and to be useful in the system professionals need to upgrade/update their knowledge very often. There is one very important factor we should not miss is that Cyber Security is a huge field that has space for professionals with various kinds of skills in Application Security, Networks, Information Security, Cyber Espionage, biometric, etc. So if a certification did wonders for your friend doesn’t mean it would help you in the exact manner unless you belong to the same arena of security. To help you to choose the best certification fo boost your career in 2020, we, at InfoSecTrain carried out a survey and shortlisted the top 15 useful certification courses for the coming year. After all most of the certifications in cybersecurity are expensive as well as time taking and we don’t want you to waste your time or money on something which is popular but not useful for your career.

Here’s is a list of the top 15 Certification. All you need is to go through them, select those certifications which suit your professional requirement and earn them to experience a leap in your career.

AWS Security

AWS is a popular cloud service provider and is achieving year-on-year growth of 43 percent. This indicates that they going to capture the cloud computing market even more in the future. With this huge acceptance, it is obvious that as an AWS certified professional, you will be a preferred choice of the organisations. As per the latest survey AWS Security certified professionals have reported an average annual income of $113,932 USD.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

CISSP Certification is meant only for the very best candidates and professionals who have experience of building safe systems and responding to a wide range of threats. As per Times Jobs survey, 20 million new jobs are coming for CISSP certified engineers in different IT sectors by 2022. Being CISSP Certified requires 10 years of experience in the field of IT security. This certification falls under the advanced-level information security certification for IT experts and CISSP Certified professionals are paid almost 35% higher than their non-certified colleagues.

CompTIA’s Security+

CompTIA’s Security+ has been designed to impart the core knowledge for efficient cybersecurity. This also acts as a staircase which takes you to another level of IT security jobs. Professionals with the certification of CompTIA Security+ are the preferred choice at any firm, as they are skilled not only to solve the problems related to cybersecurity but they also know how to identify such security breaches in advance.  Security+ is considered to be the minimum level of certification to validate the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions by some organisations.

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Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

ISC2 offers CCSP Certification explicitly for data security experts with minimum 5 years of work experience. This must include at least 1 year of cloud security experience and 3 years of data security experience. If you are involved with data security, IT design, administration, web and cloud security building, risk and compliance filed, this certification is perfect to sail from mid to advanced level.

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Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

CISM Certification is just a step behind CISSP and is a popular course among the cybersecurity professionals as it gives them a chance to earn between  $81,000-$150,000. As per Global Knowledge data, information security professionals with this certification were paid an average of $118,412 per year in 2019. CISM Course aims to help the professionals to develop excellent skills to manage, design, oversee and assess an organisation’s information security program. 3 to 5 years of work experience is also required for this certification.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH v11)

CEH training and certification is indeed a golden opportunity to take a leap in the career in 2020. As per the experts of this domain, the Cyber Security market will become $170 billion industry by 2020 and the professionals with the right kind of IT security skills are paid much more than the average salary of just an IT professional. The latest version of this certification is CEH V11 which helps the professionals in defending the network data from cyberattacks in a better way and think aggressively like cybercriminals.

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

OSCP is offered as an ethical hacking certification by Offensive Security and enhances the aspirant’s skills to understand the penetration testing process and life-cycle. This certification trains about penetration testing tools and techniques via hands-on experience and includes a 24hour exam. To earn this certification you need to have understanding of TCP/IP networking and of Linux along with basic knowledge of of Bash scripting with basic Python or Perl a plus.

ISO 27001 Lead Implementor

ISO 27001 certification has many benefits and any organisation or an individual willing to prove their compliance about the knowledge of information security must get this ISO certification. This certification validates your knowledge to implement and maintain an Information Security Management System (ISMS) which is compliant with ISO27001. Professional with this certification are much in demand and earn well.

SANS- GSEC

To earn a certification at entry level, the GSEC-GIAC Security Essential course is a great option. It is a perfect mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience regarding information security. The exam for this certification includes 180 questions which have to solved in 5 hours.

Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

EC Council has developed Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) program to enhance the experience of the professionals of facing the real life cyber attack. CCISO is the first certification program to include project management, leadership, and strategic program development as a part of cyber security learning, and it is being preferred by the professional as well as the organisation.

Azure Security – AZ 500

This security certification has been designed for Microsoft Azure security engineers who are involved in implementing security controls, maintaining the security posture, managing identity and access, and protecting data, applications, and networks. It is an associate level certification which will enhance your advanced security knowledge and experience of working with various aspects of Microsoft Azure.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) Certification is international vendor-neutral cybersecurity certification which applies behavioural analytics to improve the overall state of IT. It acts as a bridge to fill the skill gap between the professional level CompTIA Security+ and the master level CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification. The US Department of Defence has accredited and approved CySA+ certification which gives additional value to its credential. CySA+ Certified professionals start their career with huge salaries which keeps on increasing with experience.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

CISA is a validation of possessing the high standards and level of knowledge in vulnerabilities management, instituting control, and ensuring compliance as established by an international body. CISA Certified professionals are paid at the highest standards of the industry.  According to IT Skills and Certifications Pay index, CISA is the highest-paid certification. As per the statistics by PayScale CISA certificate holders make between $83,677 and $107,342 every year. This is a perfect certification if you are willing to achieve expertise in the field of IS Audit.

Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)

CIPM is the world’s first and only certification in privacy programme management and validates your knowledge and skills to establish, maintain and manage a privacy program across all stages of its lifecycle. In May 2018 GDPR came into effect and since then the demand for CIPM professionals is continuously increasing. If you have plans to pursue more managerial role in the world of data privacy, this certification is perfect for you.

IoT Security Certifications

IoT Security Certifications help Security professionals to enhance abilities and learning, and in exhibiting your expertise in dealing with the different parts of IoT Security. Experts of this domain estimate that by2020 more than 50 billion devices will be connected via the Internet. This industry will turn out to be worth $6 Trillion in coming few years. Thus, being IoT Security Certified is going to be a win win deal for the professionals.

I hope this list must have been helpful for you to figure out the best certification for you in 2020. To get the training and guidance regarding the exam and curriculum of any of these, you can join InfoSecTrain. To book your seat to the training of certification of your choice please visit www.infosectrain.com

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Sweta Choudhary
Writer And Editor
Sweta Choudhary is a writer and editor for last 10 years. After completing her journalism from Delhi, she started her career with ‘The Pioneer’ Newspaper in 2003. She has also worked with other esteemed organisations like hindustantimes.com and Algerian Embassy. She has written various articles on wide range of topics like mainstream news, lifestyle, fashion, travel blogs, book reviews, Management courses, Information Technology, Workplace Organisation Methodologies (5S) and many more. Her work can be read on the websites of multiple organisation, magazines and Quora.
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