The Best Information Security Certifications for Practitioners

The information technology (IT) and cybersecurity fields are a great choice for those whose assets lie within technology but are not seeking a typical desk job where it’s all routine all day. There are some IT careers that hold a more managerial focus, but the practitioners those managers delegate are the individuals working hands-on with equipment and directly applying the technicalities they’ve learned thus far.

Rewarding IT jobs that will keep you on the move include:

  • IT field technician
  • Network administrator
  • IT consultant
  • IT auditor

Does this lifestyle sound good to you? Those seeking a career as a security practitioner should have an academic background including a high school diploma and bachelor’s or associate degree in information technology or a related field. However, a college education alone will be less likely to land you the job you want. Relevant experience within the IT domain is always sought after when companies are considering candidates for this career, but possessing such experience still places you in conjunction with many other hopefuls wishing for the same career path.

Where individuals get ahead of the curve is by acquiring every post-secondary IT certification they can find. There are many beneficial information security-related certifications; however, there are a select few that are particularly valuable to those who wish to explore the more hands-on side of security. Nearly 50% of information security professionals see a raise in salary after acquiring relevant certifications in less than a year.

The first certification you should consider pursuing while beginning your IT career is the CompTIA Security+ certification. It’s great for establishing a baseline of skills to perform core functions within an IT security-related job. Unlike most colleges’ structure, the CompTIA Security+ certification will allow you to exercise hands-on practical skills that will expand on what you’ve learned from (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from InfoSec Resources authored by Mahwish Khan. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/infosecResources/~3/oJMlgCAmt5U/