In the world of IT is in big need of security specialists. Very big need. Security breaches are daily and qualified people are needed to help the companies.
But, as is with many other things in IT, there are simply way too many systems, technologies and platforms to deal with. Most companies are making the mistake of seeking for a one-all-knowing-IT-guy for the reasons of lack of funding or simply lack of knowledge about the issues. According to IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index (ITSCPI) from research and analysis firm Foote Partners there are at least 69 information security and cybersecurity certifications. They are going up by about 8% every year.
With other words, it is not possible to have one, two or even four IT security guys that can know everything about the topic. But you don’t need to have that. What you need is to have a team of specialists that are highly qualified with the systems you are using.
And for IT guys that are looking to gain some more expertise, now it is a great time to get certified on a few more things. But how to choose the right ones? ComputerWorld has published the most sought after IT security certifications that are part of Foote Partner’s IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index for Q1 2015. This Index tracks premium pay for 749 IT certifications and noncertified skills on a quarterly basis. The latest edition data was collected through April 1, 2015, and includes information from 54,899 validated IT professionals receiving premium pay for their skills and/or certifications.
Amongst them are the most sought after IT security certifications. Here they are:
Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP/CISSP) – the market value of this certification has gone up 36.4% in Q1 2015 when compared with the previous quarter.
EC-Council Licensed Penetration Tester (CSA/LPT) – it has gone up 28.6% in the same time period. This is a two-part program and it is quite comprehensive.
GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN) – up 28.6%. You will get to know penetration-testing methodologies, the legal issues surrounding penetration testing, how to properly conduct a penetration test and other cool stuff.
GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) – up 20%. Even more in-depth than the previous one.
Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) – the market value is up 15.4%.
EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP) – a 12.5% rise.
Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) – it is up 11.1%.
Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) – up 7.1%.