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Which Cybersecurity Certification Is The Most Valuable? 14 MSPs Sound Off

From vendor-neutral certificates like the CISSP, Security+, CySA+, CEH and CISM to supplier-specific knowledge around Microsoft and others, here are the cybersecurity certifications MSPs value the most.

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Shane Vinup, CEO, Maple Grove, Minn.-based Cyber Advisors, No. 456 on the 2021 CRN Solution Provider 500 

The best cybersecurity certification by far is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from the ISC2. Originally designed to cover a broad spectrum of infosec domains, it remains the most respected and one of the most difficult certifications to achieve. Few security professionals have the luxury to remain heads-down in only one domain of security for their entire careers while remaining highly effective and sought after. The CISSP guarantees a baseline level of knowledge that every security professional needs to be broadly effective. It is also the only certification that can be used in any infosec jobs platform keyword search to find any type of security position, and for that reason alone is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a typical career.

Specialize, Don’t Generalize  

Andrew Reese, Chief Architect – Security, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Auburn, Wash.-based Zones, No. 30 on the 2021 CRN Solution Provider 500 

There is no one single certification that is the most valuable. It all comes down to the job role and its responsibilities.

It is not about feeding the cybersecurity certification industry engine with another new cash-cow certification. It is supposed to be about training people for the roles and job responsibilities they are fulfilling. In today’s cybersecurity industry, there is a strong push to specialize, not generalize; to become a master of one, rather than none. Each specialty will have different technical training and natural talent requirements, as well as IQ and EQ. You also have industry certifications and product specific training. As someone who has been in the security industry for more than 40 years, I’ve had to re-invent myself every 3-6 months. The focus is always on preparing to address the latest threats of the day, not the certification that is in vogue.

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