Cybersecurity Certifications

Cybersecurity Education


There are many different Cybersecurity focused certifications available today. They vary by experience level and cover different areas of expertise. Some focus on different technical areas (Cloud, Penetration Testing, Application Security, etc.) and others have more of a management focus.

 

Cybersecurity Certifications

There are primarily two main paths of certification, technical and managerial. Depending on the role you have or seek, will dictate which certifications you should target. It is never a bad idea to have certifications that cover both areas. Typically technical certifications are a good foundation, and management certifications can be obtained further along in your career, especially if you are seeking roles such as a SOC Manager, Security Manager or Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).


Common Technical Certification Categories

  • Core/Foundational Security

  • Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking

  • Red Team (Attack), Blue Team (Defense), Purple Team (Assisted Attack)

  • Cloud Security

  • Network Security

  • SIEM/SOC/Analyst

  • Incident Response

  • Digital Forensics

  • Application Security

Common Management Certification Categories

  • Management Core/Foundation

  • Strategy, Architecture

  • Regulatory/Compliance

  • Audit, Assessment

  • Recovery, Continuity Planning


Here is a list of certifications grouped by the Organization/Vendor that oversees and administers the certifications, including the official requirements, content covered and testing. For detailed information about the certification and how to pursue getting certified, it's best to go directly to the organizations site to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date. There are some good, qualified, third-party organizations that offer training for these certifications, but make sure they are recognized by the official organization before proceeding. There is a lot of misinformation out there and illegitimate sites out there offering training. We have a list of the direct websites at the end for reference.


Please keep in mind, this is not a complete list of every organization and certification. We have selected most of the popular certifications and will continue to update this list over time. The experience level listed is also opinion-based and discretionary.


CompTIA Certifications




(ISC)2 Certifications



GIAC Certifications



ISACA Certifications



Offensive Security (OffSec)



Additional Certifications




This is a good list of certifications showing the number of times they are mentioned within job postings on the following three sites. This certainly isn't going to be an exact representation, but it gives us a great idea on the popularity/familiarity this is with particular certifications. Again, this will depend on the role you are looking for, but a valuable point of reference. This was last updated in October 2022 and the CISSP, offered by (ISC)2, is significantly ahead of other certifications, showing the recognition, flexibility/applicability, and value of the certification to Cybersecurity roles today.


Data courtesy of Coursera.org


For more information we have links to each of the certification sites listed below!


See our list of references below

 

Review these sources for more information

  1. ISC2 https://www.isc2.org/Certifications

  2. ISACA https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/certifications

  3. CompTIA https://www.comptia.org/certifications

  4. GIAC https://www.giac.org/certifications/

  5. Offensive Security https://www.offensive-security.com/

  6. TCM Security https://certifications.tcm-sec.com/pnpt

  7. Coursera Cybersecurity Jobs https://www.coursera.org/articles/cybersecurity-jobs

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