One of the most important steps in becoming a cybersecurity professional is to obtain a relevant certification. Security-related credentials are required for most corporate cybersecurity jobs and for all such jobs in the military and defense fields. Some common certifications include the basic CompTIA Security+, GIAC, ECCouncil, and ISACA credentials.
The gold standard in the field is ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Vendor-specific certifications, such as those obtained through Cisco, RSA, and Symantec, also carry weight with companies that use those technologies.
Completing one of these certification courses shows that you have a certain “body of knowledge and experience,” as well as practical skills, says Jacob Braun, the president and COO of Boston-based IT security consultancy Waka Digital Media.