Which cyber security qualification is the best match for your job?

With so many cyber security qualifications to choose from, it’s hard to decide which one is the best match for your career or your current job role.

Cyber security skills, both in technical and management terms, are in great demand. Whether you’re looking for a new job, changing career path or just aiming to get better in your current job, professional training and qualifications will always be seen as a positive thing.



A couple of weeks ago, I conducted a poll on LinkedIn, inviting information security professionals to vote on the top reasons that motivate them to acquire a new qualification. The poll revealed that 46% of the respondents see training as a way to better perform their current job, whilst 24% undertake training to secure a new job. Interestingly, a few respondents stated that the primary reason for them when studying for a new qualification is to keep learning and improving their skill set. Sadly, some of them admitted that they feel lack of management support and self-funding can be an obstacle.

I see the above as an important message for senior management. Managers should support their staff in developing new skills and it will be a win-win situation for both parties. Companies will benefit from a higher quality of work and level of productivity, whilst employees will be kept motivated and happy.

Going back to my starting point about making the right choice of qualifications, I think it’s important that everyone does their bit of research and decides what is best for them in terms of current job and future career prospects. For example, you may be asking yourself CISA or CISM, CISSP or CRISC? Moreover, if you are going through this effort, you’d like to make sure that you obtain internationally recognised qualifications.

The Certified Cyber Security Training diagram by IT Governance explains the key cyber security management qualifications. It’s intended to serve as guidance for cyber security professionals who are looking to develop new skills in evolving cyber security management systems and frameworks.



If you are not sure what qualification to go for, call the IT Governance training support team to discuss your requirements and options on +44 (0)845 070 1750 or send an email to servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk.

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  1. Daniela 9th August 2013
  2. Lewis Morgan 12th August 2013