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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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Julie Talbot-Hubbard, Senior Vice President of Cyber Protection and Identity, Denver-based Optiv, No. 25 on the 2021 CRN Solution Provider 500 

I would recommend the CISSP as the single, cybersecurity certification that is most valuable.

-- Provides the foundation that cuts across eight bodies of knowledge, enabling a robust understanding of core security capabilities required for an effective security program. 1) Security and Risk Management 2) Asset Management 3) Security Architecture and Engineering 4) Communication and Network Security 5) Identity and Access Management 6) Security Assessment and Testing 7) Security Operations and 8) Software Development

-- This is great for individuals who are wanting to get into cybersecurity initially as a profession and further develop once in the profession.

-- Globally recognized and industry agnostic (health care, FIS).

-- Abundance of training — exam preparedness options offered, including the ISSA which sponsors this certification.

CISSP, Security+ & CySA+  

Mark Cooley, Vice President of Security and Compliance, Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Involta, No. 255 on the 2021 CRN Solution Provider 500 

For myself and my management team, I find that being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is vital for anyone managing a security team or security program. For our Security Engineers and Security Operations, there is a wide range of certifications to obtain based on what the technician‘s role is within the security department. We find that a good foundation starts with the CompTIA Security + and/or Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+). A good foundation provides education and guidance for our team members to branch out into different specialties down the road in their careers.

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