Certificate Road Map

Which Certificate is Right For You?

Certifications are a great way to increase your knowledge, demonstrate you are a serious InfoSec professional & pad your LinkedIn profile to open opportunities for recruiters or potential employers.

There will always be a debate among your colleagues on which are the best certifications to boost your career, which certifications hold the most value, and some that are just checkboxes for HR.

Charting your Path

Picking the right certifications for you heavily depends on which career path you want to go down. I generally stick to SANS and their model for Information Security careers;

  • Path 1: Monitoring, Detection & Cyber Defense Operations
  • Path 2: Penetration Testing
  • Path 3: Incident Response, Forensics, & Threat Hunting

SANS

SANS is private company that specializes in information security and cybersecurity training. They are the premier information security training vendors on the market, and usually go for 7,000 USD per course.

GIAC

SANS training prepares the candidate student for the certification exams for GIAC, which develops and administers premier, professional information security certifications. These certifications are highly regarded in the industry and are held by experts in their respective fields.

Read this for more information on writing GIAC exams.

Road Maps

There are many schools of thought out there on this, one source I recommend checking out is Daniel Miesslers blog on the top cybersecurity certifications and how he ranks them.

As you will see below, there are many vendors offering certifications on these paths and you must plan accordingly to efficiently achieve your career path goals.

(ISC)2

ISACA

EC-Council

Offensive Security

Microsoft

CompTIA

Cisco

Fortinet

Amazon Web Services

Google Cloud Certifications

Splunk

Additional Reading

Updated July 27, 2020 for accuracy.