When it comes to information security, you need only read the headlines to observe that those with malicious intent constantly find new and scary ways to access and misuse privileged information for criminal, unscrupulous or questionable purposes. As a result, IT professionals skilled in information security remain in very high demand. In 2016, there were more than 200,000 security positions available in the India, with forecasts pointing to 1.5 million open positions globally by 2019.
When evaluating prospective InfoSec candidates, employers frequently look to certification as one measure of excellence and commitment to quality. In this article, we take a look at five InfoSec certifications we consider to be leaders in the field of information security today:
1. CompTIA Security+
2. CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker
3. GSEC: SANS GIAC Security Essentials
4. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional
5. CISM: Certified Information Security Manager
This year’s list includes entry-level credentials, like Security+ and GIAC Security Essentials, as well as more advanced certs, such as the CEH, CISSP and CISM. We also offer some additional certification options in the last section, as the field of information security is both wide and varied.