10 top IT security certifications
Thirty-eight percent of security-cleared IT professionals say that certification in network security and cyber defense support not only made them a contender, it helped them earn a new position, according to a survey of more than 1,500 IT professionals by Clearancejobs.com and Dice.com.
According to the survey, the top 10 most frequently held certifications by technology professionals with security clearance are:
- Security+: Provided by CompTIA, this certification "proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security," according to the organization. The exam for the certification covers security, access control, network infrastructure, assessments and audits, cryptography and organizational security.
- A+: Also provided by CompTIA, this beginner certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for PC support.
- Network+: Another CompTIA certification, this one proves knowledge of networking features and functions.
- ITIL: Also know as Information Technology Infrastructure Library, this certification was developed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency.
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional: Also referred to as CISSP, this certification demonstrates a working knowledge of information security.
- Project Management Professional: Offered by the Project Management Institute, this certification recognizes an IT professionals ability to lead and direct projects.
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Demonstrates expertise in designing and implementing infrastructures for Windows Server 2003 based business solution.
- Cisco Certified Network Associate: This certification recognizes a professional's ability to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN.
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Certifies that an individual has the skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator.
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: This Microsoft credential validates an IT professional's ability to manage and troubleshoot network environments based on the Windows Server 2003 operating system.