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Boost Your Career in Information Security with these Certifications

March 17, 2022 No Comments

Featured article by Uzair Nazeer

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Certifications are the first step in ensuring that a candidate is qualified to perform specific types of tasks and that their qualifications are up to par. This is important because organizations are always on the lookout for the more highly skilled professionals in the initial phase of the recruitment process. These certifications are necessary for both the employee and the organization because they improve your knowledge, teach you how an organization should operate, and enable you to put that knowledge into practice in the organization to enhance the organization’s capability.

Certifications enhance productivity for organizations. It is the first step in building trust with an employer and proving that you can do the job. Certification is similar to learning new subjects or advanced knowledge within your existing field. Whether you are a novice or an experienced professional in the field of information security, there are numerous certificates available. You can pick and choose the qualifications you want.

We’ll look at a few of the best courses here.

SASE Expert

Gartner has introduced a new enterprise networking technology category called Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). As a result of combining both the network and security capabilities of current existing solutions, this technology category gives a single, worldwide native cloud service.

Many companies are now refocusing their efforts on SASE and are actively seeking personnel who are educated about the subject and who can assist the organization in implementing the technology. Given that Cato Cloud was the world’s first SASE platform, Cato Networks’ SASE Expert Level 1 certification course is able to provide you with a full understanding of SASE technologies and their architecture. This role requires you to have rudimentary networking abilities. With the CATO SASE Expert Level 1 certification, you’ll be able to complete all of your SASE study requirements in one convenient location.

There are numerous themes covered, including how networks progressed from SD-WAN to SASE, their essential distinctions and advantages, and an assortment of other topics and issues. Because virtual private networks (VPNs) are becoming increasingly popular, this course includes a thorough discussion of VPNs and the advantages and disadvantages of using them in organizations. Most importantly, it is an excellent tutorial that will walk you through the migration process and other aspects of SASE.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

In accordance with its name, CISA covers auditing, monitoring, governance and control, operation, business resilience of information systems, and assessment of an organization’s information assets. This course can be taken by beginners or mid-level professionals, and it will allow them to demonstrate their knowledge of information security policy and compliance requirements to potential employers. To keep enterprises safe, applicants are taught to identify risks and manage them.

Candidates for audit engagements must first plan and then analyze the items that will be required for the auditing process to be successful. As a result, they can assist the organization in obtaining various compliance certifications, such as the SOC2 or PCI-DSS, which are extremely important because they provide assurance to clients that the organization has controls, encryptions, and other measures in place to protect sensitive information.

The CISA program includes a wide range of topics that are crucial for the security of an organization and the various components that build the organization, such as business processes, quality assurance, and data analytics. Students must have around 5 years of experience and pass an exam consisting of approximately 150 questions to gain this certification.

Certified Penetration Tester (eCPTX)

The eCPTX certification, governed by eLearnSecurity, is an advanced-level certification in which the applicant must execute penetration testing on devices and networks rather than simply answering multiple-choice questions. Candidates must apply multiple sophisticated approaches in order to pass this certification, and candidates who can present verification of their findings are certified in this field. The candidate must exploit the misconfiguration and then put the unique exploitation methods into practice to pass the test.

This course certifies that the certificate holder has a wide range of skills, including advanced-level penetration testing, privilege escalation, manually exploiting assets, custom attack vector development, performing research at the active directory and network level, knowledge of Windows exploits, and many more. As a candidate’s experience spans so many areas, they can operate in a variety of organizational domains.

The certification process is open to anyone. However, as the certification process begins, the candidate is required to compromise the real environment and then create a report describing how they compromised the machines or the environment. The report is then required to be submitted for evaluation, and once it has been evaluated, students will receive their certification. If the candidate’s report meets eLearnSecurity’s standards, the candidate is certified.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GSEC)

In the domain of information security, SANS offers a number of distinct information security certifications, including offensive security, cloud security and management, digital forensics, and cyber defense. The GSEC certification program trains candidates in incident response, threat modeling, and the software development life cycle (SDLC). It also provides information about creating an incident response, designing a secure software development life cycle, and implementing advanced techniques such as the NICE framework. These skills automatically help reduce project costs for organizations.

A candidate’s practical knowledge and experience are required to acquire this certification as the questions presented in these certifications are relevant to the practical knowledge and experience that a candidate has gained over their working cycle. It consists of penetration testing, digital forensics, information security management, incident handling, and cyber security procedures and other methods that help you secure the organization’s information assets. It is necessary to pass a proctored exam consisting of 250 questions to get these certificates.


A certification equips applicants with the foundational knowledge upon which businesses can construct structures to protect themselves. The sole drawback to certification is that candidates must commit their time, effort, and money to get and maintain it.

Today, we have discussed a couple of information security certificates. However, whether or not you pursue them is determined by your desires, skills, years of experience, professional goals, and natural abilities. Candidates establish their own position in the list of employees and distinguish themselves from the competition by obtaining certifications. Highly competent professionals are constantly in great demand. 

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