Further Training to Enhance Your Cybersecurity Career
By the time you finish reading this article, the cybersecurity landscape will have evolved. For example, the AV-TEST Institute registers 450,000 new pieces of malware every day – with one intention: to steal people’s data. If you work in the cybersecurity industry you can’t afford to stand still. This field is constantly expanding and becoming more sophisticated because of the determination and skill of the people that drive it: cybercriminals.
These villainous individuals exploit our reliance on the internet by developing dynamic new attacks to fit emerging trends and modifying existing attacks to avoid detection – and the volume is eyewatering: for example, 3.4 billion phishing emails are sent daily.
If you don’t strive to stay ahead of these agile cybercriminals, you will fall behind them – and their threat will grow. This brings further training into sharp focus for cybersecurity professionals. It won’t do your career prospects any harm either. Certifications can support cybersecurity career progression by validating knowledge of best practices to prospective employers. These qualifications don't just focus on technical skills; they also teach the value of your expertise and build communication skills – crucial if you consider moving to a managerial role.
So, grow your skills and advance your career with one or more of these globally recognised cybersecurity professional certifications.
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
To stop a hacker, you must think like a hacker. The EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v12 course provides students with the skills and knowledge to identify vulnerabilities within organisations IT infrastructure using the same tools as hackers to lawfully assess the security of their systems. By understanding how hackers think and familiarising yourself with the techniques they use, you can combat them by using hacking skills offensively.
There are no specific eligibility requirements, although attendees should have an understanding of IT networking and security. It is also recommended that you have some knowledge of TCP/IP and be familiar with Unix or Linux.
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s (ISACA) CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) certification indicates expertise in information security governance, programme development and management, incident management, and risk management. It is designed for anyone with technical expertise and experience in IS/IT security and control that wants to advance from a team player to a manager. Having passed the exam, the CISM provides executive management with assurance that you have the necessary skills and experience to provide effective security management and consulting services.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) offered by (ISC)² is a globally recognised standard that proves you can effectively design, implement, and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity programme. CISSP holders become an International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² member, unlocking exclusive resources, educational tools, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.
The CISSP is designed for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide range of security practices and principles. You need at least five years of experience in two or more CISSP domains to qualify for the exam.
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
ISACA’s CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) is an internationally recognised professional qualification that’s foundational for people aiming to specialise in the auditing, control, and security of information systems. The certification is awarded to candidates with at least five years of relevant work experience who pass a rigorous written examination.
The CISA certification is designed for entry-level to mid-career professionals. Once obtained, it will showcase your expertise and demonstrate your ability to apply a risk-based approach to planning, executing, and reporting on audit engagements. It will also provide credibility in your interactions with internal stakeholders, regulators, external auditors, and customers.