Best Beginner Cybersecurity Certification to Get
People often ask me for recommendations on which cybersecurity certification they should get. If they don’t have any certifications, I typically recommend they get the CompTIA Security+ certification. I recommend Security+ because it is a foundational level cybersecurity certification. It’s not easy to get through, as it assumes you have basic IT and networking background. The Security+ is actually the 4th certification in the CompTIA progression:
- IT Fundamentals+
Common Questions People Ask Me about Security+
Are there any prerequisites for the Security+? No. You should understand the material in the A+ and Network+ though. It’s kind of hard to understand cybersecurity without first understanding computers and operating systems (A+) and networking (Network+).
Will the Security+ make you an expert in cybersecurity? Absolutely Not
Is the Security+ Exam difficult? Yes. The 501 exam is more difficult than previous versions because of the addition of performance-based questions. The performance-based questions are supposed to weed out the paper tigers that just study brain dumps and try to memorize answers.
Will you learn some of the cybersecurity fundamentals? Yes
Will you be able to get a job with it? Maybe
To find out how many job openings there are for Security+ certified people, you can visit Cyber Seek. As of today, 13 Feb 20, there are 45,601 Security+ job openings, according to Cyber Seek.
According to indeed.com, as of today, 13 Feb 20, there are 5563 Security+ jobs.