7 IT Security Certifications Employers Are Looking For in 2015

In recent years, cybersecurity has become more important than ever. With high-profile data breaches so frequent, companies are making increased security investments and attempting to hire the best IT security personnel. Foote Partners’ most recent IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index shows that applicants with advanced IT certifications are more valued than those without them. They can also expect higher salaries. The ITSCPI tracks the market value of more than 60 cybersecurity and information security certifications. This has seen a steady increase in pay since 2013. It’s been a long process, but 2015 will be a year where discretionary spending for cybersecurity – that is all spending that is not related to compliance – will begin to reflect the fact that almost every industry is developing a cybersecurity strategy, and looking for people with this skill set,” said David Foote. He is also co-founder and chief analyst at Foote Partners. There is ample evidence that there is a global shortage of cybersecurity skills. We can expect organizations to have trouble attracting and retaining cybersecurity talent in future because of inconsistent career paths and jobs for security professionals. “Cybersecurity certifications have seen an average 8% increase in market value since 2013. There are many IT certifications available on the job market, but here are seven that are in high demand. These certifications are based on market value increases and premium pay. Information Systems Security Engineering Professional
To ensure the highest level of IT security, the ISSEP certification was created in conjunction with the U.S. National Security Agency. The certification covers the integration of security methods and best practices for any information system. This includes applications, business practices, and projects. The market value of an ISSEP certificate increased by nearly 37 percent in quarter one 2015 over the previous quarter. GIAC Certified Penetration Tester
The Global Information Assurance Certification group offers the CPT certificate. It is suitable for IT professionals who are responsible for assessing target networks and systems to identify vulnerabilities. This certification covers the most important aspects of penetration testing methods, as well as legal issues and best practices for conducting such tests. The market value of a GIAC Certified Persistent Tester increased by more than 28 percent over the quarter before. Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst
This certification is awarded to professionals who are capable of conducting a thorough analysis of IT systems and interpreting the results to provide effective and efficient results to stakeholders. CFA certification allows candidates to prove that they are capable of performing such analysis in a limited time frame. The requirements and testing scenarios for the certification are continually being updated to reflect cyber threats. They also include real-world examples that applicants might encounter. CFA certification’s market value has increased by more than 15% in the first quarter 2015.EC-Council Certified Secure Programer
The ECSP certification addresses the fact that most software vulnerabilities are caused by programming errors. Candidates who have received an ECSP certification have demonstrated that they can develop programs using high-quality code and reliable programming techniques that resist vulnerability. The ECSP certifications can be used for both.Net systems and Java systems. This certification is highly sought-after. Since 2015, the value of this certification has increased by 12.5 percent. Since 2015, the value of such a certification has increased 12.5 percent.
Certified Ethical Hacker
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants created this certification to assess IT professionals’ abilities to spot weaknesses in end-users’ network defenses using the same methods that malicious hackers would use. Ethical Hacker certifications for IT professionals are highly sought after by businesses as they can help detect critical vulnerabilities before cybercriminals. According to the 2015 IT Skills and Salary Survey, conducted by Global Knowledge and Windows IT Pro business training and certification company, Certified Ethical Hackers earn an average salary of $95,000
Certified Information Systems Auditor
IT professionals who have a CISA certification have been evaluated to ensure that they can manage critical vulnerabilities, comply with IT standards, and propose controls, processes, and updates to the organization’s policies. This certification is often used to audit, monitor, control, or assess the IT or business network ecosystem. Candidates must have at least five years of experience in security, auditing, control, or auditing and be able pass an exam only three times per year. The average IT professional earning this certification earns $106,000 annually due to the more stringent requirements.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional
IT professionals with a CISSP