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RoyalTeeRoyalTee Member Posts: 2 ■■□□□□□□□□
I am brand new to the IT World.  Just obtained the CompTIA Security+ certification in December 2019.  I'd like some suggestions and ideas of which certification(s) paths I should pursue.

Since obtaining the Sec+ cert I've received many offers for help desk/desktop support type of jobs.  The problem is i'm pretty sure I'll be bored with that job in 3 months and would rather use those 3 months cramming for another cert.

My professional background is in physical security and would like to step right into cyber security.  I believe this would be the best for me to actually maintain interest and focus.  

Here are a few of the job titles and responsibilities that I want to pursue:
Cyber Security Analyst
Cyber Security Special
Incident Response Analyst
Info Security Specialist
DevOps Security*

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  • Hawk321Hawk321 CCNA R+S, CCNA CyberOPS, LPIC-1, LPIC-2, UBRSS + UBRSA, Proxmox AdvancedAdmin+some other small certs Member Posts: 88 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I would NOT hire you with those certs and your background.

    First thing in IT Security is, not let unexperienced people even close to the network/server.

    All the above certs are worthless when you do not have the right foundation. Foundation means: A good solid apprenticeship or a college degree PLUS a couple of years of experience. You MUST first learn Linux, Windows, Networking, SQL and coding (not necessary java, can be Python etc. depends on your field) before you even consider to have an expert opinion regarding to security related topics. Some legal knowledge come in handy too.

    Your listed certs are for experienced experts who wants to make a step forward.
    Degree in
    computer science, focus on IT-Security.
    CCNA R+S and CCNA CyberOPS
    LPIC-1,LPIC-2,LPIC-3: Security
    Ubiquiti: UBRSS+UBRSA
    some other certs...


  • RoyalTeeRoyalTee Member Posts: 2 ■■□□□□□□□□
    edited February 15
    Well,  I didn't list any certs.   The whole point of the post was for input on certification paths that would support the job I'm seeking.   

    I understand that I'm not prepared for it now,  but I'm gonna get there.   


  • shahlapirniashahlapirnia ITF+ A+ Registered Users Posts: 26 ■■■□□□□□□□
    RoyalTee said:
    I am brand new to the IT World.  Just obtained the CompTIA Security+ certification in December 2019.  I'd like some suggestions and ideas of which certification(s) paths I should pursue.

    Since obtaining the Sec+ cert I've received many offers for help desk/desktop support type of jobs.  The problem is i'm pretty sure I'll be bored with that job in 3 months and would rather use those 3 months cramming for another cert.

    My professional background is in physical security and would like to step right into cyber security.  I believe this would be the best for me to actually maintain interest and focus.  

    Here are a few of the job titles and responsibilities that I want to pursue:
    Cyber Security Analyst
    Cyber Security Special
    Incident Response Analyst
    Info Security Specialist
    DevOps Security*

    I think you'll benefit from reading or at least skimming through this article:

    https://www.thesslstore.com/blog/the-top-cyber-security-certifications-hiring-managers-will-look-for-in-2020/

    Good luck on your journey!
    WIP: Network+
  • Hawk321Hawk321 CCNA R+S, CCNA CyberOPS, LPIC-1, LPIC-2, UBRSS + UBRSA, Proxmox AdvancedAdmin+some other small certs Member Posts: 88 ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited February 16
    RoyalTee said:
    Well,  I didn't list any certs.   The whole point of the post was for input on certification paths that would support the job I'm seeking.   

    I understand that I'm not prepared for it now,  but I'm gonna get there.  
    Ahhh...ok, understand. My mistake.

    Ok, let me explain:

    Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Special, Incident Response Analyst, Info Security Specialist etc.

    These titles are unprotected and many companies create own titles with different meaning.

    DevOps Security*
    Does not exist...serious...DevOps is just a form of behaving. Every good Sysadmin (who can also code, remember, each college forces one to get at least 2 modules in coding) can do this stuff... you will never find a developer who is an 100% Operator and vice versa. When an operator works for a software company, it should be totally normal to respect and implement security best practices and also to work hand in hand with the developer team. IMHO, everything else is pure toxic. DevOps and DevSecOps are simply some totally stupid terms...


    I suggest you begin your journey like mentioned in my first post...you will figure out by yourself than, that almost everything that is called "security" "devops" or "cloud" it just basic OP stuff. Surely, you can specialize later in various fields like CISSP or CCNP Security. Perhaps you are a math guru and you will become a P.Hd and work for the NSA. However, everything begins with the foundation.
    Security related topics are ALWAYS thought to a certain level at college.
    Degree in
    computer science, focus on IT-Security.
    CCNA R+S and CCNA CyberOPS
    LPIC-1,LPIC-2,LPIC-3: Security
    Ubiquiti: UBRSS+UBRSA
    some other certs...


  • SteveLavoieSteveLavoie Member Posts: 731 ■■■■■■□□□□
    You can't do IT security right if you don't master networking/server administration and many other experience(coding/scripting, enterprise operation like change management etc..). Often, you will have to work with other people from those background and you need to be knowledgable enough to be credible.  
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