While high-profile security breaches (e.g., Target, Sony, Adobe and more) continue to dominate headlines, companies are playing it double or nothing to hire the best and smartest IT security professionals.
A recent report by research and analysis firm Foote Partners called IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index (ITSCPI) confirms that IT professionals with security certifications can expect a higher payment. Market values for 69 ITSCPI security and cyber security certificates have followed a steady but constant upward trend over the past two years, an 8 percent increase in average market value during this time.
Here are the eight most valuable IT security certifications based on this data.
Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP/CISSP)
Developed in collaboration with the US National Security Agency (NSA), Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP) certification covers the integration of security methodologies and best practices in any and all information systems, including projects, applications, and business practices.
EC-Council Licensed Penetration Tester
LTP certification demonstrates a professional’s ability to audit network security, perform penetration testing, and recommend corrective measures for any detected deficiencies.
The two-part program EC-Council Certified Security Analyst/Licensed Penetration Tester (CSA/LPT) is a program of intensive training and standards, which teaches security professionals information to carry out penetration tests of life using the penetration testing methodology published by EC-Council.
GIAC Certified Penetration Tester
GPEN Certification is for the safety personnel evaluating networks and target systems to find security vulnerabilities. Certified professionals know the ins-and-outs of penetration testing methodologies, legal issues surrounding safety tests, and how to accurately manage a penetration test as well as technical and non-specific Penetration testing techniques and best practices.
GIAC Security Essentials
GSEC Certification is for security professionals who want to prove they are qualified for the manual application of security tasks related to a wide range of IT systems.
Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of information security beyond simple terminology and concepts, and should prove that they can put theory into practice.
Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst
Certification of Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst (SCAF) shows that holders of certification can lead or carry out a thorough analysis of computer and electronics, correctly interpret the evidence, and deliver research results to business stakeholders with efficiency and effectiveness.
Certification also illustrates that professionals can perform these analyses within a limited time frame. Testing requirements and scenarios are based on real-world examples and are continually updated to communicate the latest threats.
EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer
Most software vulnerabilities are due to programming errors. The EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP) has shown that it can develop high-quality codes that make use of best practices and sound programming procedures to shield against vulnerabilities. There are ECSP certifications available for Java and .Net.
Check Point Certified Security Expert
Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) Certification guides security specialists how to build, modify, deploy and troubleshoot the Check Point Security Systems in the Gaia operating system. Manual lab exercises teach you how to debug your firewall processes, optimize VPN performance, and upgrade your management servers for optimal security.
Certified Secure Lifecycle Professional Software
Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) Certification valid the ability of a professional to develop security protocols within their industries and to lessen vulnerabilities and block possible points throughout the life cycle of software development(SDLC).