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Investing in Network Security Professionals

October 1 2020

The COVID19 pandemic has compelled businesses to rethink their security and risk management strategies. Accelerated digitization of business processes, cloud computing expansion and shortage of technical workforce to support the unbending evolution of cyber threats continues to become a growing  security challenge for organizations in 2020. According to a recent report from IBM and Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 is $3.86 million. Therefore, it is important for organizations to maintain a robust network security infrastructure that ensures data safety, reliability, and compliance.

If you’re looking to build a skilled network security team for your business, here are some of the top security certifications that you should be looking out for:

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
A Certified Ethical Hacker penetrates target systems and locates security vulnerabilities. They are also known as “white hat hackers” because they use the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful manner. According to University of Maryland, hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. Cybersecurity issues are a growing concern for many businesses and no doubt this certification is the most sought-after.

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
A Certified Information Security Manager promotes, manages, and designs an enterprise’s information security systems. This management focused certification is the globally accepted standard of recognition for IT professionals within the network security space. Since its inception in 2002, more than 30,000 professionals worldwide have earned CISM credential to affirm their high level of technical competence.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional is one of the most globally recognized certifications in the information security market. CISSP validates an IT professional’s deep understanding and knowledge of designing and engineering the overall security policies and standards of an organization. The broad spectrum of topics included in the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge are Security and Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Architecture and Engineering, Communication and Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations and Software Development Security.

Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA)
Information has become the most valuable currency for organizations around the world. The CISA designation is primarily focused at IS audit control, assurance, and security professionals. CISA professionals offer critical solutions to an organization’s IS/IT security, risk, and control.