While it's hard to advise people in a career direction when I am not sure of what their current security knowledgebase...
is, or what it is they would like to do, here are my thoughts.
If you are new to security, the Security+ certification is a good place to start. This is a very elementary exam with more of a technical approach. The CISSP certification would be the next step. It covers a wide range of topics, but has more of a managerial approach to security and how it relates to business needs. This is a good certification because it will broaden your ideas about what security entails and it is widely accepted.
The next step will depend on what you want to do with your career. Cisco and Microsoft include security certifications in their tracks, Plant3 has a series of quality wireless certifications and SANS has certifications that cover almost every sector of the security market.
Again, while it is hard to provide specific information because I do not know where you are in your career, I do know that these are the best certifications currently on the market.
Related Q&A from Shon Harris, Contributor
When it comes to firewalls, the networking group often handles the installation, while the information security department writes the rules. Should ...continue reading
In today's security world, it's hard to keep track of each and every management standard and auditing procedure. In this SearchSecurity.com Q&A, ...continue reading
Before you begin putting the pieces of your security program together, you may want to have a look at ISO 27001. In this expert Q&A, Shon Harris ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.