I want to become a pro – Security blog #4

So you are a pro, you say…

You think you are good, you say…

But do you have a computer security certification?

No?, you say…

“Professional” by Dan Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND). From https://www.flickr.com/photos/dantaylorphotography/11960608165

As many more data breaches are happening each year, with more size and quality of attack, cybersecurity skills are on very high demand. But not because there a lot of jobs available, means that the position is going to be given to anyone who tryes and aplyes (Mainly to make sure that the person know about the stuff, but also because there are so many areas of specialization in security). The company will ask you to have one or more certifications.

Let’s talk about some of them. In fact, just 8 of the more of 70 certifications that Wikipedia has mentioned (Only 10 of those have an individual entry).


The Information Systems Security Engineering Professional certification was developed by the N.S.A. It cover security methodologies and practices into all information systems aswell as the proper and secure handling of data. This is the must-have certification if you want a career in IT security.
It’s issued by the (ISC)²


The EC-Council Licensed Penetration Tester certification demonstartes the person’s ability to audit network security and perform penetrations and develop proper corrective actions to the problems and weakness found in the test.
It’s issued by the EC-Council


The GIAC Certified Penetration Tester certification it’s similar to the LPT (Above) but it demonstrate too the persons knowledge of legal issues regardiong penetration testing aswell as specific penetrations tests and practices.
It’s issued by the GIAC.


The Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst certification provides the necessary knowledge to perform a deep analysis of computer systems and proper interpretation of investigation results in a short time frame.
It’s issued by the GIAC.


The EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer issue assures that the programmer knows most f the security vulneravilities due to programming. The certification holder has developed the best practices and techniques against those vulnerabilities. This certifications it’s available for .NET and Java.
It’s issued by the EC-Council.


The Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional certification validates the holder’s ability to develop application and software security protocalsin the organization. It ensures that potential  breaches and vulnerabilities are reduced troughout the software development.
It’s issued by the (ISC)²


Certified Ethical Hacker. You can read more about this certification and ethical hacking in my previous post.
It’s issued by the EC-Council.

There are somo other certifications that I didn’t mention here.


Miguel Montoya
Esperanto enthusiast



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