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Top 5 Cybersecurity Certifications to Help Protect Your Business

Posted: Sep 5, 2017

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Certifications to Help Protect Your Business

How important is security in your business? If the answer is anything less than ‘extremely’, you could be faced with some very serious problems. The threat of hacking is at an all-time high and many companies are defenseless against attack. Some may think they are protected but can still be very susceptible to unwanted access by hackers. The threat of hacking is so great because of a hacker’s ability to customize the attacks based on the particular software, firewalls, etc. that they are going against.

From small businesses to large enterprises, security is a necessity for everyone, and several certifications are available to help arm your employees with the knowledge on how to prevent and/or combat cyber-attacks. The ones listed below are examples of how many varieties there are and what they can do for your company.

Giving your company the right tools to protect itself is the first step to take in increasing cybersecurity within your systems.

1. CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+)

The latest from CompTIA, the Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA) certification helps apply behavioral logistics to improve company IT security as a whole. This certification launched in February 2017 and offers a great deal of knowledge to a rapidly growing position. A CSA helps organizations to help detect any potential threats, compile data and interpret the results to identify weak spots that might exist in your systems.  CompTIA has a plethora of security courses to choose from and focuses on keeping your business alert to dangers that may be lurking. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts these positions will be growing by about 37% in between now and 2022. CSA are globally recognized all over the world, providing opportunities for all employees on a local and international scale. Analysts learn content from a combination of industry-wide knowledge gathered by surveys and input from CompTIA’s team of experts. Learn more about this CompTIA certification.

2. EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Hackers aren’t always a threat to you. Those with this knowledge can also do good things with it, by helping to combat attacks. CEH allows participants to learn common strategies used by hackers. The latest version includes 270 attack technologies to show how to combat threats. The International Council of Electric Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) works to create professional certifications to help people maintain security within IT systems. EC-Council created CEH and many other certifications available to those wanting to start or further their knowledge of cybersecurity. CEH doesn’t require prior experience. It can be learned by auditors, security professionals and officers, site administrators and anyone who wants to help keep the network infrastructure intact. After all, the best offense is a good defense. Learn more about the CEH certification.

3. EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI)

Unfortunately, you may not be able to protect yourself against every threat. That’s why another form of security comes from forensic investigating. CHFI lets users retrace computer footprints that any intruders may have left. It also helps gather evidence that can, if desired, be legally brought to a court of law. Another certification created by EC-Council, CHFI is more advanced for those who have some experience with forensic network security. The capabilities of CHFI can help track down hackers, felons of fraud, even senders of offensive emails. The need for businesses to become more efficient and integrated with others makes easy ways for hackers to sneak in. CHFI will help users achieve the necessary skills to identify when attacks have taken place as well as what steps to take to fix and prevent issues. Learn more about the CHFI certification.

4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

CISSP expands on the eight domains that comprise the information systems security Common Book of Knowledge (CBK). Created by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, abbreviated (ISC)2, CISSP is a vendor-neutral credential that has been recognized many times for its excellence.  The biggest plus of this certification is its job-related approach to training the participants. This mean there are real world examples used to teach employees what to analyze various components of the domains within the CBK. Learn more about the CISSP certification.

5. CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for the End User)

This course does not train on how to combat against direct hacking attempts nor how to clean up the mess afterwards. This course works on a larger scale, teaching end users about safe practices and better understanding of systems already in place to protect you. End users may know terms like ‘malware’ but they may not know what it means to their computer or how it affects them. This course will help to show security considerations to take, social engineering and other security related concepts that can be implemented by them. This course speaks to non-technical users; in essence, anyone with a computer, tablet, smart phone and an Internet connection. Learn more about the CyberSAFE certification.

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