Cyber Security – Career Opportunities and Certifications

Intoduction to Cyber Security

Today, everybody is fond of using all the available electronic gadgets in this electro-mechanical era.

We are worried about the protection of all the gadgets from weather conditions, preventing from physical damages or any similar threats, but what about the internal security and protection of the same??

The answer to that question is cyber security. The term ‘cyber’ relates itself with the electronic devices i.e. mobile phone, a computer, a pager, a server, etc.

Any of the devices that works in the periphery of technology has to be protected by the way of some security, and that is known as cyber security.

“Cyber security is as important as the physical security.”

The field of cyber security is very largely spread and contains various types of opportunites for studies, research and sources to earn bread & butter.

Besides, there are few other types of key areas that pertains to the field of cyber security.

  • Cyber Laws
  • Cyber Forensics,
  • Prevention of Cyber Crimes & Fraud Management,
  • Information Systems for Banks
  • Information System Audit, etc

One can choose any of the field depending on his/her interest and personal expertise.

Since we are getting more and more deep and advanced into the cyber world, so we are becoming more prone to cyber attacks. Everyone who is in the range of digital world can be affected by cyber crime.

And this increase the demand of cyber security professionals to overcome. Therefore we can say that to make a career, cyber security field is worthy.

So to make a career in the field of cyber security, here are few very popular and important certification programs:–

1. CISSP
  • It stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
  • Offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
  • The test involves 250 questions, with an average of 6 hours to complete.
  • A minimum of three to five years of relevant experience is required to be eligible for this test.
  • Job profile can be any like a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or analyst, systems engineer, consultant and manager in IT security field.
2. CISA
  • It stands for Certified Information Systems Auditor.
  • Offered by Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • CISA applicants must have a minimum of five years professional experience.
  • It is made to assess the skills in IT management and governance and the protection of information assets,information systems disciplines including acquisition, development, implementation, operations, maintenance, and auditing.
3. CISM
  • It stands for Certified Information Security Manager.
  • Offered by Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
  • Need to pass a 200-question exam.
  • Applicants must have a verified five-year experience before registering for the exam.
  • The certification is literally very beneficial for anyone inclined in organizational security and looking for a lucrative InfoSec management or consulting job.
4. GSEC
  • It stands for GIAC Security Essentials Certification.
  • Offered by the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
  • The five-hour, 180-question-long exam.
  • There’s no prerequisites or previous training required.
  • This can prove to be a good place to start if you have no other cyber security certification and want to get one.
5. CEH
  • It stands for Certified Ethical Hacker.
  • A certification of the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).
  • The 125 questions exam, maximum of 4 hours and require 70% score to pass.
  • Must have 2 years of verifiable experience for being eligible.
  • Certified Ethical Hackers use the same tools as their malicious counterparts to point out the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and then remove the vulnerabilities.
6. CompTIA Security+
  • Offered by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
  • It covers the essentials of network security and risk management, cryptography, identity management, security systems and organizational systems.
  • There are no prerequisites for the Security+, but at least 2 years of experience in IT administration and earning its Network+ credential is recommends by CompTIA before taking the exam.
7. CRISC
  • Stands for Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control.
  • It is another Information Systems Audit and Control Association(ISACA) certification.
  • Often endorsed as a necessity for c-suite executives as well as chief compliance, risk and privacy officers.
  • For being eligible to apply for the certification, a minimum of three years of relevant experience is require.
  • The exam will focus on the four areas of risk identification, assessment, response, and monitoring & reporting.

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