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4 top certifications that will help identify skilled cyber talent

Anyone involved in cyber security understands there’s a severe shortage of skills related to protecting data, networks, systems, applications, etc. One way to address the shortage is to encourage people to learn new skills, and one way to achieve this is through security certifications.

Here are four of the more in-demand information security certifications today:

CompTIA Security+

This is a global certification that validates the baseline skills an individual needs to perform core security functions. Among the skills taught in training programs are detecting various types of compromise and having an understanding of penetration testing and vulnerability scanning concepts; installing, configuring, and deploying network components while assessing and troubleshooting issues to support organizational security; implementing secure network architecture concepts and systems design; and installing and configuring identity and access services, as well as management controls.

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Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

A CEH qualification comes from demonstrating the ability to assess the security of systems by looking for weaknesses and vulnerabilities, using the same know-how and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate way to assess the security posture of the systems. Organizations employ ethical hackers to penetrate networks and systems with the goal of finding and fixing vulnerabilities.

CISM: Certified Information Security Manager

The CISM certification is offered by ISACA, a nonprofit association that advocates for professionals involved in cyber security. It provides validation for individuals who have shown that they have the knowledge and experience needed to develop and manage an enterprise information security program. The certification is intended for cyber security managers, aspiring managers or IT consultants.

CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP is a cyber security certification developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. The CISSP designation is a globally recognized standard attesting to an IT security professional's technical skills and experience deploying and managing a security program.

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