Best Information Security Certifications For 2016

Best Information Security Certifications For 2016
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InfoSec professionals who want to set themselves apart as leaders in IT security should seriously consider one of these top five information security certifications for 2016.

When it comes to information security, you need only read the headlines to observe that those with malicious intent constantly find new and scary ways to access and misuse privileged information for criminal, unscrupulous or questionable purposes. As a result, IT professionals skilled in information security remain in very high demand and should do so for the foreseeable future.

When evaluating prospective InfoSec candidates, employers frequently look to certification as one measure of excellence and commitment to quality. In this article, we take a look at five InfoSec certifications we consider to be leaders in the field of information security today. This year's list includes entry-level credentials, like the CompTIA Security+ and GIAC Security Essentials, as well as more advanced certs, such as the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). We also offer some additional certification options in the last section, as the field of information security is both wide and varied.

If you're serious about advancing your career in the IT field and are interested in specializing in security, certification is a good bet. It's an effective way to validate your skills and show a current or prospective employer that you're qualified and properly trained.

Before examining the details of the top five InfoSec certs, take a look at Table 1 below for the results of our informal job board survey. The data indicates the number of job posts nationwide in which our featured certifications were mentioned on a given day. The data should give you an idea of the relative popularity of each certification.

Table 1: Job Board Search Results


SimplyHired
Indeed
Dice
LinkedIn
TechCareers
JustTechJobs
Total
CEH
3,789
2,364
288
1,197
2,354
234
10,226
CISM
69,997
3,965
645
1,447
8,689
366
85,109
CISSP
66,939
13,271
2,014
6,013
12,755
1,401
10,2393
GSEC
2,101
1,581
218
651
266
177
4,994
Security+
3,497
2,772
226
999
468
3288,290

Now let's take a closer look at the top five information security certifications for 2016.

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