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Can someone provide me with Validity of CISSP and CCNA certifications in networking field? #July20

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Pursuing my masters in information security and also i am the current vice president external for Concordia GSA #cybersecurity

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Jackson’s Answer

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Naga: CISSP is one of the most sought after cybersecurity certificates. According to cyberseek.org, in the US, there are more job openings requesting CISSP certification than CISSP certification holders. A CISSP certification holder signals to potential employer that she/he has the understanding of broad cybersecurity topics covered by the exam. There are only 130,000 CISSP holders worldwide according to ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium).
However, cybersecurity certificate is only 1 part of the 3 legged stool. Employers are still valued practical experience. Having a degree in cybersecurity will help you get an internship in cybersecurity. You also need 5 years of experience in cybersecurity in order to qualify as a CISSP holder (you also need to pass the exam).

Jackson recommends the following next steps:

  • Check out cyberseek.org to learn more about the various cybersecurity certifications and security roles
  • Get practical experience / internship in cybersecurity role.
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Kevin’s Answer

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A CISSP is a fantastic certification to hold to demonstrate your broader knowledge of the security profession. From memory, a good portion of the test covers networking protocols and encryption so it is a good means to showcase your competency in this area. I can't speak to the CCNA but I anticipate it is still foundational to have from a security operations and architecture perspective.
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Liam’s Answer

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Generally, CCNA is more important in the networking field. CISSP is broad in nature and focuses more on policy. Both will require you to know ports, but CCNA will get you knee deep in sub-netting. There is a CCNA-Security cert that gets into specific techniques in securing networks.

Which one you pursue first depends on the career field that you go into. Knowing your desired career path will help better answer this question.

Good Luck!
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