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Degree vs. certification: Entry-level cybersecurity analyst

Introduction

As with many things in life, there is more than one way to get to where you want to go. Becoming an entry-level cybersecurity analyst is no different. With some experts saying a degree is the way to go and others saying certification is the preferable option, which is best for you? 

This article will detail the differences between using a degree versus using a certification to get your foot in the door for an entry-level cybersecurity analyst role. It will explore the different degree and certification options available to budding cybersecurity analysts just beginning their career and will close with some tips for how to get started in this role.

What is a cybersecurity analyst?

Cybersecurity analysts are an interesting role, in that it combines many information security skill sets and responsibilities into one well-rounded package. This role has the goal of developing stronger information security by analyzing and assessing weaknesses and vulnerabilities within an organization’s IT environment — from hardware to software, networks and potentially even devices if needed. 

Cybersecurity analysts conduct risk analyses, perform vulnerability management activities and use network visibility of networks to identify potential attacks, and use a peppering of penetration testing skills. As you can see, it takes more than a baseline level of skill to successfully perform this role.

Cybersecurity analyst degrees

Many experts agree that earning a bachelor’s degree is the minimum level of education required to be a cybersecurity analyst. Some even go so far as to say that a master’s degree is what candidates will want because it demonstrates a more advanced skill set. 

One important thing to remember is that there is no one degree that will get you this job, but there are some recurring favorites among cybersecurity analyst candidates. Some popular choices of (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Infosec Resources authored by Greg Belding. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/infosecResources/~3/Rphe2LLv-_c/