Security Certifications: Which ones are worth having?

The ever-increasing number and frequency of cyber-attacks on corporations, big or small, all over the world, has generated a great demand for able and efficient information technology and security professionals. All corporate groups are constantly on the lookout for recruiting an experienced and skilled IT professional to help improve their security network and thwart all attacks with ease.

This is good for IT professionals and security experts, for they have many good opportunities. However, things are not so easy, for the growing demand for IT and security professionals has led to many people taking up that field, meaning a lot of competition is on the cards if you are an IT professional applying for a particular firm.

One thing, though, that can set you apart from the other applicants is having the right certifications in your resume. To help you find the important ones, separate the wheat from the chaff so to say, we have compiled a list of security certifications that can prove to be real game changers for you.

  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)

This certificate is offered by the Project Management Institute and requires rigorous training and hard work. To be able to apply for the course itself you need to have done a four year degree with three years of working in the field of project management. This includes 4,500 hours of leading projects as well as 35 hours of project management education. PMP is not an easy course by any means, but the end result is totally worth it. All big firms today want an IT professional who is also a good hand in project management.

  1. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Another certificate offered by the PMI, CAPM is somewhat along the same lines as PMP, only that CAPM requires lesser experience in project management. CAPM requires you to hold at least a secondary degree with 1,500 hours of project management experience or 23 hours’ project management education in its place. Although CAPM is considered as a benchmark that is required to acquire bigger, more important certificates, it is quite important early in one’s career, and requires quite a bit of hard work.

  1. Convergence Technology Professional (CTP)

One of the most sought after skills, both by IT professionals and those recruiting them, is unified communications solutions. Efficient integration of unified communications technologies is often an arduous task. Having a CTP certificate means that you have a seal of approval on your voice, data, and convergence skills.

  1. Certified Information systems Security Professional (CISSP)

CISSP has been one of the premier certificates for many years now. This certificate is a big factor in deciding the pay grade of an IT professional. The certificate is offered based on a six hour exam that is based around eight different domains.

  1. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

The two hour written qualification exam as well as the eight hour performance based lab exam make CCIE one of the most difficult and challenging certificates to achieve. The difficulty of the certificate also makes it one of the most appreciated certificates. Specialization areas in CCIE include data centre, collaboration, security, routing and switching, service provider, and wireless.


In this article we discussed why it is important to have security certification and which ones are worth more having in your resume than others.


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