In this video, Marc Menninger gives an overview of IT security certifications. Discover why IT security certifications can be important to your career and why employers prefer candidates who have them. Learn about continuing professional education or CPEs and how they're needed for certain certifications.
- Certifications are an important part of your IT security career. There are three main reasons why certifications are so important. First, certifications demonstrate a certain level of competency within the IT security field. By obtaining a certification, you're showing that you have a thorough understanding of the concepts and technologies covered on the exam. This helps an employer quickly gauge your skill set. Second, certifications demonstrate your commitment to the IT security career path.
Obtaining any security certification is a challenge, even if you've been a security professional for awhile. And as we'll see, certifications aren't cheap, either. You probably wouldn't go through the hassle of getting and maintaining a certification if you weren't interested in a long-term career in IT security. And this is a good sign to employers. Third, and perhaps most importantly, certifications are often required before you can apply for certain IT security jobs.
Many employers will use certifications as a way to determine if a candidate is qualified. And if you don't have the right certification, you might not be considered for certain IT security jobs, even if you happen to be an expert in the necessary skills. In other videos I'm going to detail nine IT security certifications that are most frequently required in IT security job listings. For each of the certifications, I'll cover: A description of the certification, which organization offers it, which jobs often require it, topics you'll be tested on, and other related information.
These videos are arranged in rough order of experience level required for each of the certifications from intermediate to expert. One thing you should know about certifications is that many of them are only valid for a certain number of years. Usually just three. You can maintain your certification for longer, though, if you track your Continuing Professional Education, or CPEs. CPEs show that you're staying active and involved in the IT security field. You can count many activities and experiences for CPEs, such as attending trainings and conferences, reading or writing IT security articles or books, and participating in professional security organizations.
If your certification requires CPEs, be sure to read and follow the rules if you want to keep your certification from lapsing. Getting certifications is important for your IT security career. They prove you know your stuff, and they might just help you get that job you've always wanted.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- Understanding the job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself