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Six Hot Cybersecurity Certifications for 2019

A new year has arrived! If you have a serious professional interest in cybersecurity, then you can make a big impact on your career outlook by focusing on one of these six certifications in 2019.

Take your cybersecurity game to the next level with a certification in 2019.Here we are in 2019. I can already feel the heat of summer and the dawn of a new dawn of a new data breach. There will be a bunch of excuses from corporate America about why the breach happened, and a bunch of hollow promises about what they will do better to protect your data.


The certification market will respond in kind with new certifications and courses to prepare the expanding IT workforce to protect against these new threats. Somewhere down the road there will be a different, possibly scarier breach, and the cycle will continue.


How, in the upcoming new year, can you prepare to defend against this onslaught? What new, cutting edge certifications can you obtain to show that you are at the forefront of information security and data protection technology? The certification landscape has many options to tempt you, but here are six of my very favorite ones:


First on my list is the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect. It combines security, cloud, and server workload knowledge and wraps it all up in a ball of goodness. There are many reasons to get AWS certified, and to make this credential your point of entry.


First off, the popularity of cloud-based technology and services has increased tenfold in recent years and shows no signs of slowing up. As more organizations turn to the cloud to help them save time, money, and even physical real estate, the demand for skilled IT professionals who can leverage the cloud will soar.


The Certified Solutions Architect certification specifically prepares you to design and deploy cloud systems using the AWS platform. There are two Solutions Architect certs, one that’s an associate-level introductory credential, followed by a professional-level credential that up the ante.


With AWS holding the biggest share of the cloud hosting market, embracing their platform and tools and building up your skills could be a game-changer for your professional growth — and your salary, as AWS positions can command six figures.


Next up is an old, reliable warhorse certification that is definitely something you should pursue. Celebrate 50 years or ISACA by taking a long look at that august association’s Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credential.


CRISC is the most current and rigorous assessment available for those who want to specialize in evaluating the risk management proficiency of IT professionals and other employees within an enterprise or financial institution. Achieving CRISC certification validates your ability to help companies understand business risk.


It also confirms that you have the technical knowledge to implement appropriate information system (IS) controls. This certification should go at the top of your list because at the heart of every good cybersecurity framework methodology is “control” and “understanding risk”. CRISC covers both.


The risk response section of the test covers a lot of real-world scenarios that I have experienced in my everyday job. If you’ve worked in IT for very long, you’ll probably have a similar reaction. This credential would probably be on my cybersecurity short-list for most years.


In the middle of the pack, is CompTIA’s vendor-neutral CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) certification. This overall, all-around cybersecurity certification verifies that both breadth and depth of security knowledge.


It’s also an impressively cost-effective cybersecurity cert, requiring an overall investment of less than $500. And, as with other CompTIA credentials, CASP+ has Uncle Sam’s seal of approval: Many Department of Defense-rated facilities require this certification.


I personally know a friend who had to pass this to fulfill a Navy document review requirement. Yes, the government requires people who touch their data and handle their cybersecurity protections and processes to become certified. It’s just another reason to get this certification, or any CompTIA certification, really.