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Publication date: August 1, 2023

Cybersecurity Certifications for Beginners and Experts

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Written by Angela Polania

Angela Polania, CPA, CISM, CISA, CRISC, HITRUST, CMMC RP. Angela is the Managing Principal at Elevate and board member, and treasurer at the CIO Council of South Florida.

For anyone interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career, obtaining cybersecurity certifications is of paramount importance. These certifications not only provide foundational knowledge, but also validate one’s expertise in various cybersecurity domains. In an increasingly interconnected and digital world, cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated and prevalent. Having certifications such as CompTIA Security+, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) demonstrates to potential employers a commitment to continuous learning and staying updated with the latest security practices. Certifications can boost your resume and increase your chances of securing entry-level positions, internships, or apprenticeships, giving you a head start in the competitive cybersecurity job market.

For professionals already in the cybersecurity industry, obtaining cybersecurity certifications is equally vital for career advancement and skill enhancement. In this rapidly evolving field, technologies and threats are in constant flux, and staying up-to-date is crucial. Certifications offer an opportunity to specialize in specific areas of cybersecurity, enabling professionals to become experts in their chosen domain. Employers often prioritize certified professionals when it comes to promotions or new job opportunities, as certifications indicate a higher level of knowledge, dedication, and credibility. Such certifications serve as a benchmark for the cybersecurity industry’s standards and best practices. By holding recognized certifications, professionals contribute to a broader culture of trust and reliability within the industry.

No matter where you are in your career, certifications are incredibly valuable. With the state of the cybersecurity workforce and the rapidly growing demand for trained professionals, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) has compiled a list of the most important certifications currently needed to fill the skill gaps in our industry.


Advanced Security Practitioner

Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Certified Expert Penetration Tester (CEPT)

Certified Incident Handler (CIH)

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Certified Information System Auditor (CISA)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Penetration Tester (CPT)

Certified Penetration Testing Consultant (CPTC)

Certified Penetration Testing Engineer (CPTE)

Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)

Certified Security Analyst (CSA)

Certified Security Testing Associate (CSTA)

Certified Virtualization Professional (CVP)

CyberSec First Responder (CFR)



HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)

Master Mobile Application Developer (MMAD)


Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)


Security Essentials Certification (SEC)


Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Whether you are trying to break in to the industry, a seasoned professional looking for a new opportunity, or need help securing top-tier certified talent – Elevate Staffing and Recruiting can get you there. Connect with an Elevate Talent specialist today to learn more!

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