7 Most Difficult Information Security Certifications

Demand for information security professionals has grown in the last few years, as more companies are upping the ante on protecting the security of their digital assets. The infosec workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022 — a 20 percent increase since 2015 — according to Frost & Sullivan’s annual Global Information Security Workforce Study (1).

Lack of qualified workers is the biggest challenge for employers. That’s where information security certification is a benefit. Having one (or five) credentials on your resume may instantly bring you to the top of the list if you’re looking for a new job (2).

Current employers, too, see certifications as a measurable professional achievement. While Certification Magazine’s 2018 annual salary survey didn’t find consistency in how certs lead to higher salary (3) — as it did in the 2015 survey, for example (4) — it did find that those who earned a new certification last year were more likely to receive a pay bonus (5).

Which certification to pursue is a question of individual professional goals. However, suffice to say, some are more difficult to attain than others. Here’s a list of some of the top most-difficult information security certifications available.

Offered through the globally recognized education nonprofit (ISC)2, CISSP is considered one of the top in the industry and is one of the top-paying information technology (IT) certifications (6). CISSP focuses both on the operations side of infosec and on threat response, covering eight domains of security and drawing from a global, comprehensive and current body of knowledge.

With five years of paid, full-time experience required in IT, this certification has a higher barrier of entry than some others that measure broad-based knowledge. However, it has high credibility and has even been compared to being a CPA (certified public (Read more...)

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