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10 Hot Cybersecurity Certifications In 2022

Jay Fitzgerald

As the demand for skilled cybersecurity workers rises and evolves, so do certification offerings

The demand for cybersecurity practitioners at all levels has never been greater.

Unfortunately, demand is far outstripping the supply of skilled cybersecurity workers across the United States and the globe.

A number of cybersecurity corporations, including Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet, are trying to do something about the workforce skills gap by proactively offering various training and certification programs.

The major cloud-service providers, including Amazon, Google and Microsoft, are also pushing certification programs that put a heavy emphasis on security.

Meanwhile, nonprofit groups, such as the SANS Institute and ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium), re going all-out to boost cybersecurity certification of workers, while the for-profit Skillsoft has its own certification offerings.

Harpreet Sidhu, who heads Accenture’s managed security services, says cybersecurity certification programs are always evolving, as organizations adapt to market forces and the evolving nature of cyberattacks.

Data and AI security certifications are currently big, but Sidhu thinks they’ll only grow bigger in terms of demand.

What are some emerging cybersecurity certification fields? Science and space fields (both private and public) and maybe even the Metaverse, Sidhu said.

The bottom line: Cybersecurity certification is growing and evolving and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

As part of CRN’s Cybersecurity Week 2022, here is a look at ten cybersecurity certifications highlighted by officials at SANS, ISC2, Skillsoft and Accenture.

 
Jay Fitzgerald

Jay Fitzgerald is a senior editor covering cybersecurity for CRN. Jay previously freelanced for the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Boston magazine, Banker & Tradesman, MassterList.com, Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, the National Bureau of Economic Research and other entities. He can be reached at jfitzgerald@thechannelcompany.com.

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