Valuable Traits To Look For During Cybersecurity Recruitment

  • Cybersecurity certifications, each with unique requirements and parameters, are useful in understanding a candidate’s skill level and knowledge. How recently the certification was earned, or renewed, can provide confidence in the freshness of the candidate’s skill set, as well.

    Some common certifications include:

    CISSP. According to ISC, 36% of cybersecurity professionals have the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, while another 26% hold the CISSP with a concentration in systems architecture, engineering, or management.

    CCNA / CCNP. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification is administered and granted by Cisco, and comes with a concentration in Security. CCNA Security verifies that the certificate holder has associate-level skills to secure Cisco networks. The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) also comes with a Security concentration and verifies professional-level knowledge in security practices. According to ISC, 24% of cyber professionals hold a CCNA Security certification, while 17% hold a CCNP Security certification.

    There are many additional certifications that provide insight into a candidate’s knowledge of cybersecurity, but these are the most prevalent. An updated, active certification shows that a candidate is motivated, engaged in continuing education, and committed to remaining abreast of recent changes in their field.