With the global cost of cybercrime set to eclipse $5 trillion dollars annually, there has never been more focus on investment in Cyber Security.. As cyber attacks continue to increase in volume and tenacity, with ever-changing tactics, the government and the private sector are raising the alarm. In response, there has been a sharp uptick in the demand for cyber security professionals across almost every sector.
Like any aspect of technology, while not mandatory, certifications carry a great deal of weight in the hiring process and evaluation of candidates. Career Cyber Security professionals should contemplate the following certifications as options:
Information Security Analysts are tasked with protecting sensitive information. They create the plans and implement strategies for preventing attacks, develop policies to protect the organization against such attacks, ensure compliance of policies, monitor data access and train other employees.
Software Security Engineers are typically tasked with leading a team of security experts, analyzing and assessing risk, developing secure software and identifying vulnerabilities.
A security architect is responsible for analyzing security threats and recommending solutions to protect information and data. They may participate in the development of security hardware and software, oversee and educate staff on security policies, design security models and install VPNs, firewalls and more. It is noteworthy that 27% of employers hiring for this position request a master’s degree.
Penetration testers are in charge of identifying vulnerabilities in an organizations network. They do this through constantly probing and testing the network using various tools and software.
A forensics expert is a cybercrime-fighting detective who investigates cyber attacks and tries to identify flaws in the system that allow for an attack, along with clues left by the attackers.
The CISO is a senior level role in charge of developing, implementing and maintaining security processes that protect the company from threats and risk.
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