Do Employers Value Cybersecurity Certifications?

Cybersecurity Jobs are on the rise. Get Cybersecurity Certified with Alpine Security

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.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity job openings will grow at a rate of 28% between 2016 and 2026, nearly four times the rate of the average profession in the United States. The median salary in the field stands at a whopping $92,600 per year. Experts project a global shortage of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2020.

Are you already engaged in information security but wondering how to direct your career?

Cybersecurity certification training could be the right next step for you. The field offers many roles, including network firewall security analyst, information security specialist, system security technician, security architect, security administrator, ethical hacker, and web security analyst.

Information security professionals have to stay up-to-date on the latest cyber threats, computer hacking techniques, and data encryption programs in order to keep their companies safe from cyber crime. 

A bachelor’s degree in a computer science related field can be an asset in starting a cybersecurity career. Still, information security is such a new and rapidly changing field that a traditional degree in cybersecurity is not necessary for most jobs. Many information security professionals hold degrees in other fields and have added internationally recognized cybersecurity certification training to their resumes.

Are cybersecurity certifications valuable? Do cybersecurity certifications even matter to employers?

Cybersecurity is a young field. Only a few higher education institutions even offer information security degrees, and those may not be cutting-edge due to the field’s rapid expansion. Consequently, employers expect job candidates to hold information security certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or certification in specific fields like penetration testing.

What information security certifications should I consider first?

At Alpine Security, we offer training in web application penetration testing, cybersecurity, digital forensics, and more. Our trainers are skilled practitioners, and students can access courses day and night, live or in-person. 

Some of our most popular certificates include:

  • CISSPAccording to Payscale, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) can earn well over $100,000 annual salary. Our course helps you understand the eight CBK domains in enough detail to pass the exam. We recommend having at least five years of full-time information security work experience before enrolling in this certification training.
  • Security+ - We designed this training to prepare you for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination. We recommend it to professionals whose job entails securing network devices, traffic, or services.
  • CEH - Do you plan to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)? Start with this course. When you leave, you’ll have the skills you need to snag a job. 
  • CHFI - This training program puts you on the road to becoming a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI). In this career, you’ll use computer forensics to collect and analyze evidence for legal evidence.
  • CASP - Created to help you pass the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification examination, the course covers the fundamentals of information security. 

Why should I choose Alpine Security for my cybersecurity certification?

Our trainers have been tested in complex, high-risk environments such as medical devices, commercial aircraft, Department of Defense, and the US government. They are thoroughly trained penetration testers with real-world experience. Plus, most of our team has DoD-related penetration testing experience.

For employers, our high-level, boots-on-the-ground training means they can rest assured our students hold the right kind of knowledge and experience to practice information security in the real world.

Can I get a cybersecurity exam pass guarantee as part of my training?

Cybersecurity Certification Exam Pass Guarantee

When you register for training with Alpine Security, you have a dedicated team working with you. We are committed to your success. That’s why we offer an exam pass guarantee. If you don’t pass your exam the first time after taking our course, you can retake the course for free. We also provide a 15%-off retake voucher. Although we are proud of our high pass rates, our goal is to see every student complete their exams and receive certification.

Final thoughts.

Cybersecurity is a fast-growing, lucrative career field in which professionals can feel good about their work. While a bachelor’s degree can give career seekers a leg up, certification offers credibility, real-world knowledge, and a valuable tool for securing and succeeding in cybersecurity jobs.