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Interested in becoming more of an expert on cyber security? Here's some advice


Following our blog post on the skills shortage in cyber security, we have received some questions from IT people who are interested. The big questions? How to get started in learning about security. How to prepare and advance your skills. How to obtain certifications that matter to your ability to lower risks, and advance your career.

I went to our experts. Here's some of their advice:

The biggest thing is for someone to search the types of jobs they are interested in obtaining.  Read those job descriptions for which certifications are required for those positions.  Use that as a guide for which exams to take.  Most will be looking for a technical track and a management track.  The first three classes listed below, are general and meet the needs for both technical and management career paths.

For people getting started in cyber security whether technical or management, here are the places to start

Consider starting with the ITIL Foundations class. It provides:

  • Knowledge of general IT concepts and how security fits into the enterprise
  • Entry level; no years of experience required to take the class or exam
  • Exam: Axelos ITIL Foundations exam 

Your second step, is the Information Security Essentials class which provides:

  • Knowledge of cyber security terms and concepts
  • Entry level class; no years of experience required to take the class or exams

The exams that you can take from this course include: 

Cloud professionals always have a huge interest in security, and there is something specific for you: our Cloud Security class. This course provides:

  • Knowledge of general cloud and security concepts
  • Entry level; no years of experience required to take the class or exam
  • Exam: CSA Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) Foundation

For more advanced IT professionals - and if you want to do more to develop your security expertise

IT professionals with some experience, will want to study for the (ISC)2 Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) level certification. This exam requires you to have 5 years of IT experience. You can also get an Associate level CISSP certification with less than 5 years of IT experience. 

Our (ISC)2 courses prepare you for this professional certification, with in-depth knowledge of cyber security including terms and concepts.

Are you a Cloud professional? Then the (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) is the advanced certification level for you. CCSP requires 5 years experience in IT with 3 years in information security, plus 1 year of experience across six domains. If you are CCSK certified, then 1 year of experience is waived. Yes, there is an Associate level available for this, as well. 

You may also like to know, that candidates with CISSP automatically are eligible to earn CCSP once the exam is passed.

More technical beginning exam:  CompTIA Security+

Management focused exam:  CISMP

About the Author


25+ years in high tech in various roles that include Consulting, Channel Mgmt, Product Mgmt and Marketing. Technology areas include storage and data management, high availability, cloud and hosting, networking, and mobility/wearable technology for enterprise, SMB , and channel business. Industries include healthcare, financial services, ISVs, Service Providers and telecos.