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There are many Cyber and IT related certifications out there, but most are argueably a waste of time over others. Some will enable you to land a job, while others wont. This list consists of the certifications that SimeonOnSecurity recommends for those seeking to enter the IT and CyberSecurity job force.
- This should apply everywhere in the US, but outside the US these are likely to change.
- There may be other certs out there that are worth in a specific category that aren’t listed here, but the ones here are listed over others because they have the widest recognition.
- While the certifications listed here are a mix of Networking, Windows, Linux, Hacking, and Management certifications, all of these are directly related to positions in Cyber and will greatly benefit you to have them.
Note: These certifications are for entry-level professionals. They are the baseline of a good IT/Cyber skill set. You should be very familiar with all the information required to get these certs at every level.
Note: Typically, you only need one of these certifications. Multiple are still useful and valueable.
- CompTIA’s Linux+
- CompTIA’s CySA+
- Cisco’s CCNA
- Junipers’s JNCIA
- EC-Council’s CEH
- Microsoft’s MCSA (Replaced)
Note: This is where you should strive to be at the very least. These certs are pretty great to have.
- Cisco’s CCNP Enterprise
- CompTIA’s CASP+
- ISC^2’s CISSP
- Juniper’s JNCIP-SP
- Offensive Security’s OSCP
- Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)
- Microsoft’s MCSE (Replaced)
Note: These are expert certifications. These set you out from the crowd and set you up to potentially become a subject matter expert (SME). This is where the real money is at.
- Cisco’s CCIE Enterprise
- EC-Council’s LPT
- ISC^2’s CISSP ISSAP/ISSEP/ISSMP
- Juniper’s JNCIE-SP
- Offensive Security’s OSEE
- Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
- eLearnSecurity Certifications - Cost effective if you’re going for multiple certifications at once. But, eLearnSecurity is pretty new and the certifications aren’t really recongnised yet.
- Hurricane Electric IPv6 Sage - Free certification, somewhat easy, good resume filler.
- Python Institute’s PCEP/PCAP/PCPP - Good to have, but isn’t gonna get you a job by itself. Offers free training for the first two certifications.
- Splunk Certifications - You’re better off learning the material and skipping the certifications.
- W3 Schools Python/SQL/PHP/JAVA - Good to have, but isn’t gonna get you a job by itself.
- Wireshark’s WCNA - Good to have, but isn’t gonna get you a job by itself.