Certification Goals 2020

chrisonechrisone CISSP, CRTP, eCPPT, LFCS, CEH, Azure Fundamentals, Retired Cisco NPsMember Posts: 1,913 ■■■■■■■■□□
In TechExams December tradition, what are your certification goals/plans for 2020? Also if not certifications, what courses or self taught goals are you planning?

Here is my list.

Certifications: Pentester Academy - PACES, Pentester Academy - Red Team Expert, Azure Security Engineer AZ-500, Office 365 Security Engineer MS-500, Finish OSCP lol
Training/Courses: TBD based on Blackhat Training schedule
Self Taught/Improvement: Python, Go, C#

As always subject to change
2020 Goals:
Courses: TBD
Certs: AZ-500 (in-progress), MS-500, Pentester Academy - PACES, Pentester Academy - CRTE, OSCP


  • MHamimMHamim Member Posts: 1 ■■□□□□□□□□
    AWS SA, RHCSA. Trying to move from Desktop/IT support role to AWS/Devops type role.
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    AWS SA
    *Associate's of Applied Sciences degree in Information Technology-Network Systems Administration
    *Bachelor's of Science: Information Technology - Security, Master's of Science: Information Technology - Management
    Matthew 6:33 - "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."

    Certs/Business Licenses In Progress: AWS Solutions Architect, Series 6, Series 63
  • yoba222yoba222 Member Posts: 1,078 ■■■■■■■■□□
    OSCP or eCPPT . . . I think the eCPPT will be more useful day-to-day for me right now but both are on my list. So for 2020:
    1) eCPPT, mainly for learning value
    2) CISSP, just in case my job situation becomes unstable and I need to move on.

    Will save OSCP for either early 2021 or late 2020. As far as training/courses, maybe some AWS and I haven't been coding lately so some of that.
    2017: GCIH | LFCS
    2018: CySA+ | PenTest+ |CCNA CyberOps
    2019: VHL 20 boxes
    2020: OSCP eCPPT OSCP eCPPT (a bit undecided)
  • srothmansrothman Member Posts: 20 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'm enrolled in my MSc - CS from January, so lots of focus on that.

    Certification wise, CCSP before end of January, and also renew Azure Architect somewhere along the line, along with MS500. I've done AZ-500 when it was still in Beta, so good on that front for now.

    Really looking to get to know Python better too, on the side.
  • PCTechLincPCTechLinc CISSP, CHFI, CEH, MCSA Server 2008, Project+, Security+ce, Server+, Network+, A+ King City, CAMember Posts: 631 ■■■■■□□□□□
    MCSA: Server 2016 (70-743) then MCSE with 70-744

    That will likely take all year.
    Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management - Western Governors University
    Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance - Western Governors University
    Bachelor of Science in Network Administration - Western Governors University
    Associate of Applied Science x4 - Heald College
  • nathandrakenathandrake Member Posts: 60 ■■■□□□□□□□
    The two main certs on my radar in 2020 are Pentest+ and eMAPT (eLearnSecurity Mobile Application Penetration Tester).  If I can get my work to pay for more than one cert (MAPT), then maybe eJPT.  
  • SteveLavoieSteveLavoie Member Posts: 697 ■■■■■□□□□□
    First draft for my certification goal for 2020...

          Complete my EJPT by February
          GIAC GPEN for the summer. (SEC560 in February). 
          AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals.. (a quick one.. one week-end prep only)
          Some VMware and Sonicwall vendor CPE requiremenent for Partner program

    Then I will see..

  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, eJPT, CCNA Mod Posts: 4,082 Mod
    I'm hesitant whether to post on this thread as I'm close to doing something that may change my 'career' forever (will share in the right time).

    However, I'm booked for ISO 27001 ISM training that may have a certification at the end, so there's that.

    My other goal is to continue with the MBA, I'm enrolled in 6 subjects for 2020 (1 x per term + 2 x light weight subjects). This can change and will change next year.

    Good luck everyone with your certs goals!
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • jmarkg7jmarkg7 Junior Member Registered Users Posts: 18 ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited December 2019
    I should be starting at WGU in the Masters in Cybersecurity program, therefore, CEH and CHFI should be my next certifications.

    Before I start the Master's program, my goal will be AZ-900 then AZ-500.
  • AharrellAharrell CISA, CISM, HCISPP, PMP Georgia, USAMember Posts: 6 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Always a great thread...

    For 2020:  CISSP-ISSMP, CHC, CHPC, CIPM, CIPT, and starting WGU in the Masters of Cybersecurity Program (so CEH and CHFI through that).  
  • heatmizer7heatmizer7 Member Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□
    For 2020: CAP,CISSP-ISSMP, CISM and start to study for CCIE Enterprise beginning 1 MAY 2020. The CCIE has been my Eleanor since 2013!!!!
  • DFTK13DFTK13 Member Posts: 116 ■■■■□□□□□□
    At the very least: CCNA.

    Ideally: CCNA and RHCSA and ITIL Foundation

    I have my A.S. in network administration and I’m currently trying to get my B.S. in IT, so I’m not able to study as much cert content as I want. 
    Current Certs: LPI Linux Essentials
    Expired: CompTIA A+, Net+, CCENT
    Goals: CCNA, RHCSA, VCP6-DCV

    Degree: A.S. Network Administration
    Pursuing: B.S. in I.T. Web and Mobile Development Concentration
  • beadsbeads Senior Member Member Posts: 1,459 ■■■■■■■■□□
    None. After a number of years of certification you come to a point in your career that you are no longer judged by the acronyms after your name and title.

    Last week I was asked how long would it take for me to obtain the OCSP. Replied about 2 weeks and a day's worth of testing over the weekend. Pretty much already know the material as I have done enough pentesting and have experience and/or personally own some very expensive toolsets already. So it's just a matter of sitting through Offensive Security's training. Running a couple more labs then hitting the test over a good night's sleep. The interviewer was aghast with my flip response. Explained that I have done so many tests now that I practically judge myself first by passing the exam then by the time it took me to pass and be done with it. Seriously, I think 30 minutes is getting to be too long for many exams.

    I still finish some certifications in cloud (CCSP, three AWS and soon Azure) but they aren't or won't be on my resume as no one will care about my personal certs. You give me the the book on Friday and I will go pass your certification Monday following. Been doing this since college back in the 80s and only gets easier over time.

    No one asks me about my education, let alone certifications any more than just a hand wave. Reputation alone is golden.

    Good luck with your goals. 
  • DFTK13DFTK13 Member Posts: 116 ■■■■□□□□□□
    That’s the ideal goal of every one here on techexams, reach that level where the cert game is irrelevant. Until then...education and certs are pretty much a given on the resume for the majority of us. But it’s interesting to hear your insight especially since you’ve been doing this since the 80s. 
    Current Certs: LPI Linux Essentials
    Expired: CompTIA A+, Net+, CCENT
    Goals: CCNA, RHCSA, VCP6-DCV

    Degree: A.S. Network Administration
    Pursuing: B.S. in I.T. Web and Mobile Development Concentration
  • chrisonechrisone CISSP, CRTP, eCPPT, LFCS, CEH, Azure Fundamentals, Retired Cisco NPs Member Posts: 1,913 ■■■■■■■■□□
    @beads I understand where you are coming from. I feel like I am two years away from putting a halt on certifications. I want to get into business related projects as running a business is the my personal end goal. Being an employee for someone else will always have its limits. As it is, this is a tech exams forum and this topic will always be at its core. 
    2020 Goals:
    Courses: TBD
    Certs: AZ-500 (in-progress), MS-500, Pentester Academy - PACES, Pentester Academy - CRTE, OSCP
  • itdeptitdept Registered Users Posts: 71 ■■■□□□□□□□
    For me it will be getting my CCNA in Jan and gaining at least two Associate level AWS certs. I might put in a bit of Cisco study to prep me for CCNP in 2021 along with some Azure study.
    The goal for 2020 is to get off support; so whatever else I need, I'll do!
  • Neil86Neil86 Member Posts: 108 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'd like to get something in security, maybe Sec+, become proficient with PowerShell, and start working towards Microsoft certs. I have experience with O365 and would like to really to fine-tune it. I need to do what @inception did and make an actual list and stick to it.
  • Infosec_SamInfosec_Sam Security+, CCENT, ITIL Foundation, A+ Madison, WIAdmin Posts: 434 Admin
    As soon as I finish up this semester of college, I'm planning to power through ICND2 review so I can sit that before the deadline. After that, I'm thinking about the Cloud+ or the CySA+. I think AWS would be fun to learn as well, but I'll wait until I'm a little more adjacent to an AWS role.

    As for other educational goals, I'll be finishing up my BS degree in Information Science & Technology next December, which I'm super excited about! That means more time for more cert study!
    Community Manager at Infosec!
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  • Neil86Neil86 Member Posts: 108 ■■■□□□□□□□
    @Skyliinez92 sorry about that! Didn't know I accidentally clicked that.
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Mod Posts: 860 Mod
    The big one for me is to finish my MCSA: Windows Server at least. At my age I'm still young and trying to advance my career as much as possible. I've reached the stage in my current job where I feel like I'm not learning enough and wasting my other general skills, so I'd like to use this to fill in the knowledge gaps and also help land an all-round sysadmin role again. Currently I'm primarily server focused but would like to dip back into networking and customer support. My environment is large and we have multiple support teams, so I only get to see what's going on at my end with limited capabilities due to security. It would be nice to feel like a real techie again!

    70-741 due to be taken in February, and the 742 exam for May if I stick to my schedule. I might even push to take the 744 exam around the summer, seeing as the MCSE would be so close at that point, but we'll see how it goes.

    Once the MCSA/MCSE is up I would really like to take the AWS SA cert to aid in my progression with DevOps. I'm hoping the new job search before then will give me more control and training again so that I can start this new journey before the year is up. Here's hoping!
    Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. - Richard Branson
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Mod Posts: 860 Mod
    @Neil86 Ah no worries. I thought someone wasn't happy with my life choices :lol: (this time it wasn't my parents!)
    Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. - Richard Branson
  • tedjamestedjames Scruffy-looking nerfherdr Member Posts: 1,088 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I'm planning to earn the eLearnSecurity WAPT certification and take several courses on web app security and development. I don't care too much about letters after my name. I just want the knowledge.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,854 Mod
    AWS SA scheduled for end of December but may push to 2020. After that, AWS Security and potentially more SANS/GIAC stuff that remains TBD.
  • bigdogzbigdogz Member Posts: 798 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Finish of 2019: C|CISO, CEHv10
    2020: CISM AWS SA, SANS... whatever I can get trained on.
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,806 Mod
    LOVE these yearly threads. I'm a few weeks into PWK/OSCP so my following looks like this:

    2020 Certs:
    OSCP (active now)
    eCPPT (maybe)
    AWS Certified Developer Associate
    AWS Certified SysOps Associate
    Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

    2020 Skills:
    Python (seems to make the list every year
    Containers (Docker, GCR, ECR, ACR, Kubernetes)
    Currently Working On: Python, OSCP Prep
    Next Up:​ OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (Python), Bash Scripting, Virtual Hacking Lab Coursework
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, eJPT, CCNA Mod Posts: 4,082 Mod
    JoJoCal19 said:
    Containers (Docker, GCR, ECR, ACR, Kubernetes)

    Couldn't resist

    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • Info_Sec_WannabeInfo_Sec_Wannabe Senior Member Member Posts: 386 ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited December 2019
    I'll probably skip doing certs this year as I'm moving to a new job and welcoming another baby. I will, however, continue preparing for OSCP in my own little ways and hopefully be able to jump at it in 2021. 

    Good luck on your certification targets folks!  :)
    Three year plan: (2018) CISSP [X] and eJPT [ ]; (2019) eCPPT [ ]; (2020) OSCP [ ]
  • Pmorgan2Pmorgan2 CISSP, A+/Net+/Sec+/Project+, ITIL v3, CIW SDA & WSP Member Posts: 106 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Looks like I'll have to push my WGU BSCSIA into early next year. For certifications I'm finding my goals change based on spontaneous opportunities lately but I'm looking at:

    MCSA Server 2016

    If my ploy to get my employer to pay for SANS training works out, I'll switch to GSEC & GCIA as my route to a future GSE.
    2019 Goals: ITIL Foundation, Project+CIW Site Development Associate, CIW Web Security Professional, CCSP, ECIH, ECES, WGU BSCSIA
    2020 Goals: GICSP, VCP7-DTM, GRID, MCSA Server 2016.
  • lucky0977lucky0977 Senior Member Member Posts: 218 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I try to do one cert a year to help in not forgetting things I've studied before. On that note

    2020 goals:
    Bachelor of Science: Computer Science | Hawaii Pacific University
    CISSP | CISM | CISA | CASP | SSCP | Sec+ | Net+ | A+
  • MetaldaveMetaldave Member Posts: 102 ■■■□□□□□□□
    These threads always make me feel lazy! I dunno how some of you guys are able to knock out so many exams! I tip my hat to you all! I'll be happy if I get CEH and the practical exam done in 2020. 
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