Certification

The Greatness of Being Uncomfortable

There is no denying that most people in this world want to avoid feeling uncomfortable as much as possible. The problem with this mindset is that those who fear discomfort and uncertainty are always going to be stuck in the same place. The best way to fail to succeed is to stay in one place for relative comfort.

Certified CISO Training: What's In It For You?

It happens across industries, from refrigerator repair to software sales. You get good enough at your job, you get promoted to management and then become an executive. The field of information security is no exception. What skills do you need to be an effective CISO and what is the Certified CISO program? This blog covers these topics.

A Penetration Testing Career – Do You Have What It Takes?

Penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, is one of the hottest jobs in tech today. What other career lets you pretend you're in The Matrix, working your way into systems like a top-level hacker, all without breaking any laws. Oh, and you're getting paid for it.With a real-world penetration testing job, though, you're not just playing at hacking into systems. You actually are hacking into systems, and your employer's very existence may depend on your ability to do it.

Security+ Training and Certification: Its Value for Cybersecurity Professionals

A great way to get ahead in a cybersecurity career is to secure a credential. One of the most popular is the CompTIA Security+ certification. Don't be intimidated by the thought of the test! There are ways to prepare and it is actually a very approachable credential for a beginning professional. Here are the answers to a few FAQ's that candidates often have.

Top 10 Reasons Why CompTIA Security+ Training is Right for You

One of the most widely accepted and highly regarded accreditations is the CompTIA Security+ Certification. From financial benefits to career pathways to instant industry recognition, the CompTIA Security+ Certification is the smart choice for anyone who is serious about getting ahead. Here are ten reasons why the CompTIA+ Training is worth serious consideration.

DoD 8570: How the Military Handles Data and Why It Matters

Several years ago, the DoD passed a regulation, DoD 8570, which stated that all Information Assurance (IA) personnel were required by law to be compliant. Certification is necessary to work with this data, whether that be DoD staff, contractors, or partners.  

Do College Degrees Matter in a Cybersecurity Career?

If you’re looking to break into the cybersecurity profession, you have two different potential career paths facing you. You can either enroll in a college degree program, or complete cybersecurity certifications. This article will walk you through both options so that you can determine which path is better suited to your career goals.

Cheating Cybersecurity Certification Exams

Cybersecurity certification exams are not easy to pass. According to Concise-courses.com, 70% of surveyed CISSP test-takers reported that the CISSP exam is "difficult." As such, some individuals seeking credentials in the field of cybersecurity have looked for ways to cheat their way into certification. 

History of Cybersecurity Certifications

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing career fields in the world. Job seekers, career switchers, and hiring managers alike need a fast but rigorous way to qualify candidates for jobs. Certifications prepare cybersecurity specialists for jobs and help companies determine which candidates are best qualified for their open positions.

7 Top Certifications for Cybersecurity Professionals

To be best prepared to enter or promote your role in the cybersecurity job market, it’s a good idea to explore the certifications available, including the top seven which will prepare you for specific roles, including: CISSP, CompTIA Security+, CAP, CEH, CHFI, CISM, and CASP.

7 Hardest Cybersecurity Certifications

Certifications can be the most cost-effective way to boost your credentials no matter where you are in your career. Some cybersecurity certifications are fairly straightforward, but others can provide you with a real challenge.We ranked the seven hardest cybersecurity certifications based on required experience, exam duration, exam requirements, and prerequisites needed to earn the certificate as well as the pay it can offer.

How to Start a Career in Cybersecurity: A Concise Guide

One of today’s most in-demand and lucrative fields, cybersecurity (or infosec, as it’s sometimes called) can let you protect key data, undermine international espionage, catch cyber criminals, and stay on the front lines of technology. Plus, you can earn a top-performer’s salary and enjoy a range of interesting career opportunities. Let’s take a look at what cybersecurity is, the state of the infosec job market, cybersecurity across industries, careers in the field, and educational opportunities to help you get started.

Do Employers Value Cybersecurity Certifications?

Are you looking for a career on the front lines of national defense or at the cutting edge of corporate security? 

Information security, sometimes called cybersecurity, could be the field for you.  

To Cert or Not Cert

Since entering the IT field later in my career-life, I noticed an on-going debate amongst cybersecurity professionals: to cert or not to cert. There seems to be those (like myself) that push the obtainment of a certificate(s). On the flip side, there are those that tend to lump certificates into the “not-needed” category. Mostly, the argument is “learn it yourself”. This is especially true among “hackers”. I say “hackers” because the term hacker is actually a misnomer, and can be its own topic. The bigger picture considers whether a certificate outweighs a degree program.

Review: EC-Council’s Licensed Penetration Tester (Master) Exam 2.0: The World’s First Proctored, Hands-On Pentesting Examination

The most significant difference with the new exam format is that it is proctored.  This means that you are being watched over your webcam for the entire period of the session.  Proctoring a five-day exam is impractical, so the exam was split into three six-hour sessions.  Each six-hour session consists of three individual “challenges”.  Each challenge involves recovering the contents of a secret file, but some challenges will require hacking more than one machine.  You enter the contents of the file into a web page and submit it when you are done with the session.  You must complete at least one challenge per session, and you must complete at least five out of the nine sessions to pass the exam.

Why Where You Get Your Cybersecurity Training Matters

Do you work in IT or cybersecurity and want to advance your career?  Are you required to hold certain certifications for your job?  It sounds like you need some certification training.  Finding the right training for your certification can help you achieve your goals, save time and money, and even put you on the fast track to promotions and pay raises.

OSCP vs LPT (Master): A Comparison by Someone with Both

The OSCP certification is great for individuals with several years of experience in system administration, networking, or software development, who wish to learn “elite hacking skills.” The LPT (Master) is great for those who want to pursue penetration testing as a career and who are looking for a certification that demonstrates that they can complete a realistic penetration test simulation on their own.