GUEST ESSAY: The top 4 cybersecurity certificates every IT staffer should have

By Victoria Zambito

Assuredly, it is a very positive development that more companies are looking to boost the security expertise of their in-house IT teams. This is being manifested by flow of IT professionals seeking out and participating in security-related certificate programs.

Numerous third-party organizations offer these educational tracks; a select few garner great respect within the field. Here’s the cream of the crop:

CompTIA A+ Certification

The CompTIA A+ Certification provides essential foundational knowledge for IT professionals. It covers basic enterprise hardware and software deployment, management techniques and cloud computing. Approximately 1 million IT professionals hold the highly coveted IT CompTIA A+ certification.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH v9) – EC-Council
The Certified Ethical Hacker Certification demonstrates an IT professional has an understanding of how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems. He or she uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful manner to assess the security of a target system(s) and plug holes in networks before black hat hackers find them. The CEH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.

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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
As enterprises continue to use advanced technology, the need to properly configure, monitor, support, and secure their networks is essential. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) understands the principles of Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching, Security, and Wireless certifications. Knowledge areas include: System & Network Management, Access Control Lists, Common Layer 2 Attacks, IP Services & Security, WLAN Security and WLAN Maintenance.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential covers eight central domains: asset security, communications and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security engineering, security operations, security and risk assessment and software development security. The CISSP exam, administered via an online portal, features 250 questions.

Regardless of the level of expertise, continuing education is critical in today’s ever-changing IT landscape. IT and Security professionals need to closely monitor industry trends and understand how to face the latest challenges.

About the essayist: As senior vice president of product, content and communications at Vector Solutions, Victoria Zambito manages over 5,000 training courses across the company’s multiple brands.

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