Why employers choose the CompTIA Security+ certificate to supplement baseline cybersecurity skills

The CompTIA Security+ certification is the best way to future-proof a career in cybersecurity.

2 months ago   •   3 min read

By Boris Postma
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There’s no doubt that certifications are important for professionals in technical fields to gain. This is especially true for roles in cybersecurity which require updated skills and knowledge to align with the developing industry. Because a certification is validated by experts working directly in the field, they can provide specific information on cybersecurity practices that degrees may not cover.

Is your organization needing the talent to fill cybersecurity roles? With the global shortage of cybersecurity professionals and a high barrier to entry into a cybersecurity career, certifications also allow entry-level beginners to get started with the right foundation. Additionally, it’s important for employers to understand the certifications that can benefit their team and be willing to hire, and train, entry-level professionals.

Although there are various cybersecurity certifications, the CompTIA Security+ certification is chosen by more corporations and defense organizations than any other certification to validate core security skills. For this reason, the Codaisseur Academy helps prepare upcoming cybersecurity professionals to earn their CompTIA Security+ certification and is an authorized partner of CompTIA.

Here are a few of the benefits of the CompTIA Security+ certification:

-The CompTIA Security+ certification is chosen by more corporations and defense organizations than any other certification to validate core security skills and for meeting DoD 8570 compliance.

-Used in more job roles to supplement baseline cybersecurity skills and improve incident response

-Skills and information aligned with market including: core technical skills in risk assessment and management, incident response, forensics, enterprise networks, hybrid/cloud operations, and security controls, ensuring high performance on the job.

-New skills added to certification such as managing enterprise environments’ architecture, hybrid-networks and reliance on cloud

-More in-depth coverage of topics that IT professionals can apply directly in their new job

What is CompTIA?

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a community-based organization offering certifications developed by IT professionals. As industry-recognized certifications,  CompTIA certifications are designed to match skills and competencies for jobs in IT. CompTIA certifications are ISO/ANSI accredited.

According to CompTIA Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification and CompTIA 2nd Annual IT Career Insights, 91% of employers believe IT certifications play a key role in the hiring process and are a reliable predictor of a successful employee and 76% of CompTIA certified IT pros are satisfied with their job.

What skills does the CompTIA Security+ certification validate?

The CompTIA Security+ certification focuses on the baseline skills and best practices for cyber security specialists. The knowledge domains covered by the certification feature topics like common attacks and threats, network architecture and design, security implementation and incident response,  governance, risk and compliance.

In order to gain the CompTIA Security+ certification, individuals must pass the exam. The exam requires a high level of rigor and “each question of the exam undergoes multiple layers of quality assurance and thorough psychometric statistical validation.” Achieving this certification can also benefit current employees by improving baseline security readiness and incident response.

Why should employers hire entry-level professionals with the CompTIA Security+ certification?

Employers hiring CompTIA Security+ certified employees can be assured they are familiar with the core knowledge necessary to fulfill a junior cyber-security position, for example that of Security Operations Center Analyst (SOC analyst), help desk specialist or junior system administrator.

As it is an entry level certificate, additional education and training may be needed. However, anyone carrying this certification has proven to have grit, eagerness and skill to study and learn difficult subject matter, which should be some of the key qualities to look out for when considering a new hire.

For any questions regarding the CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 certification or our Cybersecurity course, feel free to reach out to us and we’re happy to fill you in on the details.

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