So many credentials: 23 certifications in high demand

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So many credentials: 23 certifications in high demand By Jonathan Lutton Sep 17, 2015
For many IT jobs, specialized certifications remain the coin of the realm. The 23 that follow are in especially high demand, in both government and the private sector. INFORMATION SECURITY
1. Certified Ethical Hacker
Audience: Information security specialists Focus: Ability to use hacking techniques to conduct penetration testing on a network’s defenses with the goal of discovering and securing vulnerabilities Requirements: At least two years of information security-related experience and an educational background that reflects specialization in information security. The EC-Council offers an optional five-day course exploring ethical hacking techniques and security issues. Certifying organization: EC-Council (
2. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
Audience: Experienced IT and business professionals Focus: Ability to identify, assess and evaluate risk throughout the life cycle of information systems control. Exams are offered annually in June and December. Requirements: At least three years of cumulative experience incorporating three of five performance areas: risk identification, assessment and evaluation; risk response; risk monitoring, information systems control design and implementation; and information systems control monitoring and maintenance. Certifying organization: ISACA (
3. Certified Information Security Manager
Audience: Information security managers Focus: Ability to develop, build and manage enterprise information security programs Requirements: At least five years of experience in information security, three of which must have been served as an information security manager. Exams are offered annually in June, September and December. Certifying organization: ISACA (
4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Audience: Security managers, auditors, network architects, chief information security officers and similarly skilled professionals Focus: Managerial competence and the technical aptitude to design, engineer, implement and oversee information security programs Requirements: At least five years of cumulative work experience in two of the following eight areas: security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communications and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations, and software development security Certifying organization : (ISC)2 (
5. CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst
Audience: highly experienced digital forensic professionals Focus: Ability to conduct a thorough and sound forensic examination of a computer system and other digital/electronic devices, properly interpret the evidence, and communicate the examination results effectively and understandably Requirements: Practical experience in the field of digital forensics Certifying organization: CyberSecurity Institute (
6. EC-Council Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester
Audience: Information security professionals Focus: Various penetration testing and security auditing methodologies for ECSA, and report-writing skills and the ability to perform penetration tests in real-time scenarios on an active cyber range for LPT. Successful candidates will receive two certifications. Requirements: Basic ethical hacking skills. Certified Ethical Hacker certification is highly recommended. Certifying organization: EC Council (
7. GIAC Certified Penetration Tester
Audience: Information security professionals Focus: Penetration-testing methodologies, the legal issues surrounding penetration testing, how to properly conduct such tests, and technical and non-technical techniques Requirements: No specific training is required Certifying organization: Global Information Assurance Certification (
8. GIAC Security Essentials
Audience: Security professionals who want to demonstrate they are qualified for hands-on roles with respect to IT security tasks Focus: An understanding of information security beyond simple terminology and concepts Requirements: No specific training is required Certifying organization: Global Information Assurance Certification (
9. Information Systems Security Engineering Professional
Audience: Senior systems engineers, information assurance officers and senior security analysts Focus: Ability to incorporate security into information and business processes, systems and projects. The certification was developed in cooperation with the National Security Agency. Requirements: At least two years of engineering experience Certifying organization: (ISC)2 (
10. Certified Information Systems Auditor
Audience: Information systems specialists Focus: Managing vulnerabilities and offering processes and controls that ensure compliance with standards while delivering value to the enterprise. The certification is often a prerequisite for employment as an information systems auditor. Requirements: At least five years of experience auditing, controlling, monitoring and/or assessing enterprise IT and business systems Certifying organization: ISACA (
11. Information Technology Infrastructure Library Qualification
Audience: IT professionals Focus: A modular approach to the ITIL framework comprising a series of qualifications focused on different aspects of ITIL best practices Requirements: Vary by level of qualification being sought Certifying organization: Axelos (
12. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
Audience: IT professionals Focus: Ability to build innovative solutions across multiple technologies, both on-premises and in the cloud. Certifications are offered in the areas of server infrastructure, desktop infrastructure, private cloud, enterprise devices and applications, data platform, business intelligence, messaging, communication and SharePoint. Requirements: Hands-on experience with Microsoft technology. Optional online or classroom training is available. Certifying organization: Microsoft (
Audience: Project managers Focus: Complete life cycle of project oversight, including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling projects Requirements: 35 hours of project management education and a bachelor’s degree with 4,500 hours of project direction or a secondary degree with 7,500 hours of administration Certifying organization: Project Management Institute ( NETWORKS
14. Certified Novell Engineer
Audience: Network engineers Focus: Planning, installation, configuration, troubleshooting and upgrade services for networks and the ability to solve advanced support and high-level network problems Requirements: Novell-authorized courses are available but not required. Certifying organization: Novell (
15. Cisco Certified Design Associate
Audience: Network design engineers, technicians and support engineers Focus: The skills necessary to build basic campus, data center, security, voice and wireless networks Requirements: A valid Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician or a Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certification Certifying organization: Cisco Systems (
16. Cisco Certified Network Professional Routing and Switching
Audience: Network engineers, support engineers, systems engineers and network technicians Focus: Ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local- and wide-area enterprise networks Requirements: At least one year of networking experience. Applicants must also pass three additional examinations in routing, switching and troubleshooting. Certifying organization : Cisco Systems (
17. Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate — Junos
Audience: Networking professionals Focus: Knowledge of Juniper Networks’ Junos OS, networking fundamentals, and basic routing and switching Requirements: Beginner/intermediate knowledge of networking Certifying organization: Juniper Networks ( SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
18. Certified ScrumMaster
Audience: Project managers Focus: Managing complex projects within an open, interactive environment and gaining an understanding of the Scrum framework, including team roles, activities and artifacts Requirements: Attending an in-person, two-day course taught by a certified Scrum trainer and then passing a CSM test Certifying organization: Scrum Alliance (
19. Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional
Audience: Security professionals and software developers Focus: Ability to develop an application security program, reduce production costs and vulnerabilities for applications, and diminish loss of revenue and reputation from an organizational software breach Requirements: At least four years of cumulative full-time work experience in one or more of the eight CSSLP domains Certifying organization: (ISC)2 (
20. Check Point Certified Security Expert
Audience: IT administrators Focus: Ability to build, test and troubleshoot various Check Point Security Systems’ deployments; configure and maintain security acceleration solutions; and manage, test and optimize corporate virtual private network tunnels Requirements: Security administration course or Check Point Certified Security Administrator certification (R70 or later); Windows Server, Unix and networking skills and TCP/IP experience; and certificate management and systems administration experience Certifying organization: Check Point Software Technologies (
21. EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer
Audience: Software developers and programmers Focus: Ability to identify security flaws and implement countermeasures throughout the software development life cycle to improve the overall quality of products and applications Requirements: Experience designing and building secure Windows and Web-based applications using the Microsoft .NET framework Certifying organization: EC-Council (
22. Citrix Certified Professional — Virtualization
Audience: IT solution engineers and consultants Focus: Ability to install, configure and launch common Citrix XenDesktop solutions Requirements: Complete the recommended coursework online or in person and pass an exam Certifying organization: Citrix (
23. VMware Certified Professional — Data Center Virtualization
Audience: IT administrators Focus: Ability to install, deploy, optimize, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments Requirements: Completion of a VMware-authorized training course and a minimum of six months of hands-on experience with VMware technologies Certifying organization: VMware (