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10/15/2019
11:15 AM
Joan Goodchild
Joan Goodchild
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14 Hot Cybersecurity Certifications Right Now

In an industry where certifications can make or break a job candidacy, which ones have security pros been going after in 2019?

NEW: Certified Internet of Things Security Practitioner (CIoTSP)

Issuer: CertNexus

For whom: For practitioners who are seeking to demonstrate a vendor-neutral, cross-industry skill set that will enable them to design, implement, operate, and/or manage a secure Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

Potential roles: Network administrator, software development engineer, solution architect, platform engineer, database developer, IAM administrator/engineer.

Joan Goodchild is a veteran journalist, editor, and writer who has been covering security for more than a decade. She has written for several publications and previously served as editor-in-chief for CSO Online. View Full Bio

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gif-washco
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10/16/2019 | 11:49:44 AM
Does not address companies unreasonably seeking "experienced" and "certified" entry-levels
I have heard and read articles that graduates and inexperienced job candidates cannot get into the cybersecurity field because companies expect certifications for entry-level positions. Someone with CISSP or GIAC certs would not apply for entry-level positions, but yet HR and managers in these companies continue to post entry-level job descriptions with unrealistic prerequisites. They need to get their head out of their a$$ and be real to deal with the backlog of unfilled cybersecurity positions.

I am about to have a big challenge internally where my organization needs a security analysis for log analysis and basic threat hunting. I am recommending someone with social science, social service, or related field of study with the passion to learn cybersecurity. However, HR has their templates and they tend not to be flexible. My idea is for selected candidates to self-study for CompTIA Security+ online course material 30-days prior to the interview, and the interview would cover questions in cybersecurity in relation to the job description. A candidate who can not only articulate cybersecurity basics but also correlate with their field of study or experience (plus show passion) would be someone I wish to hire, because she/he wants to learn and apply their skills. Don't forget that fundamentally, cybersecurity is in response to a human attacking another human in cyberspace. I would rather have someone who understands the human and can relate to cybersecurity topics, rather than someone who is just pure technical. That to me is worth more than someone with just a cert.

 
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10/16/2019 | 8:50:48 AM
Pentesting Specific Certs
Here's a great video review of certs specifically geared towards penetration testing from an experienced reviewer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSXhF0C0QlI&feature=youtu.be
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