Certifications are like gold in the cybersecurity industry. Having the right certifications will stick out on a resume and show employers that you are ready and prepared to work in the cybersecurity industry. There are currently hundreds of cybersecurity certifications available to the commercial market currently and finding the right one can be tough. The IT and cybersecurity have grown to be a vast field and it is important to choose something that relates to your field of work; however, in this article, I will cover three foundational cybersecurity certifications that will help you start your cybersecurity career.
1. CompTIA A+
CompTIA’s A+ is a well-recognized certification across the cybersecurity and IT industry and with over 2 million certified professionals, CompTIA A+ is the perfect certification for beginners. The A+ certification shows employers that you can properly install and troubleshoot operating systems, identify and protect against security vulnerabilities within networks, and troubleshoot device or network issues. The average salary of an A+ certified professional is around $58,000 according to PayScale, and that number is expected to skyrocket in the upcoming years due to the demand of cybersecurity professionals in America.
CEH or Certified Ethical Hacker is a very important certification because it dives deep into hacking and what methods actual hackers are using to penetrate networks. Ethical hacking or white hacking is penetrating networks to find vulnerabilities or threats and properly identify and handle them without exposing any information or causing any damage. The CEH certification shows employers that you are knowledgeable in how to identify and detect threats or vulnerabilities within an organization, capable of defending networks, and how to navigate through complex networks. The average salary of a CEH certified professional is $79,260 according to PayScale.
CompTIA’s Security+ validates all the baseline skills needed to pursue a cybersecurity career. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills and teaches essential problem-solving skills that are necessary for a career in cybersecurity. The Security+ certification is the perfect certification for beginners because it will cover all basic cybersecurity and networking topics such as identity and access management, risk management, cryptography, and PKI. The average salary of a Security+ certified professional is $72,000 according to PayScale.
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