Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, computers, and data from attack, damage, and unauthorized access. Cybersecurity training teaches professionals to spot vulnerabilities, fend off attacks, and immediately respond to emergencies.
A degree will only take you so far up the job ladder. At some point in your career, an IT security certification from a reputable third-party organization may be necessary (e.g. you’re changing jobs, the job market is tight, you need experience, etc.).
Since the acronyms alone are enough to drive you nuts, we’ve created this short and simple guide to getting accredited. If you already know the basics, you might want to skip ahead to our breakdown of major certification organizations.