Top 10 Most Popular Cybersecurity Certifications In 2020


Top 10 Most Popular Cybersecurity Certifications In 2020

When it comes to selecting the best Cybersecurity Certification is it important to do your research, lucky for you we have done that for you. According to Forbes readers’ one of the most often-requested topics is which cybersecurity certifications to pursue. Here are some very impressive stats on why you need a cybersecurity certification.


96% of IT leaders believe team members with cybersecurity certifications add value to their organizations.

Just over half of all IT leaders, 55%, say cybersecurity certifications earned by team members help close organizational skills gaps.

46% of IT leaders say having team members with cybersecurity certifications also boosts productivity.

Meeting client requirements in sales and support engagements are improving by having team members with cybersecurity certifications according to 40% of IT leaders surveyed.


“Cloud-based cybersecurity specialty certifications are growing a stronger hold in the market. Vendor-neutral CCSP from (ISC)2, as well as platform-specific offerings from AWS and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), reflect a growing industry concentration on cloud security services and the personnel used to architect, deploy, and administer them,” said Brad Puckett


Forbes survey data to produce the ten most popular cybersecurity certifications in North America in 2020 shown below:


1. (ISC)2: CISSP – Certified Information System Security Professional

Almost every day, around 10,000 positions are available on U.S. job sites that request a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). A CISSP also creates policies that set a framework for proper controls and can perform or oversee risk management and software development security. According to ZipRecruiter As of Jun 16, 2020, the average annual pay for the CISSP jobs category in the United States is $125,470 a year.


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2. ISACA: CISM – Certified Information Security Manager

CISM ranks second in North American salary and 17th globally ($99,778). This credential is designed for information security management professionals, focusing on security strategy and assessing the systems and policies in place. To take the exam, you’re required to have at least five years of experience in IS, with at least three as a security manager. According to PayScale the average salary for Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is $125,000 a year.

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3. ISACA: CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

CRISC ranks eighth in North America and 14th worldwide in average salary. Its average salary is 17% higher than the average North American IT professional. CRISC is a cybersecurity credential designed for IT professionals, project managers, and others whose job it is to identify and manage IT and business risks through Information Systems controls. According to PayScale the salary for ISACA Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control is $122,000 a year.


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4. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Security – Specialty

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty is intended for individuals who perform a security role with at least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads. The AWS Certified Security – Specialty certification covers topics that security pros and teams need to master security fundamentals, follow best practices, and build deep knowledge in key services unique to the AWS platform. It is designed to validate your AWS knowledge across security topics such as data protection and encryption, infrastructure security, incident response, identity, and access management, monitoring, and logging. AWS and Google certifications are among the most lucrative in North America, paying average salaries of $129,868 and $147,357 respectively.


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5. ISACA: CISA – Certified Information System Auditor

CISA ranks 12th in North America in average salary. It’s also the most popular ISACA certification. CISA is perfect for individuals whose job responsibilities include auditing, monitoring, controlling, and assessing IT and business systems. The exam tests the ability to manage vulnerabilities. According to PayScale the average salary for Certified Information Systems Auditor is $102,000 a year.


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6. CompTIA: Security+

As an entry-level credential, Security+ is frequently one of the first certifications obtained by aspiring IT security professionals. It validates that a candidate possesses the knowledge and skills to fulfill a variety of junior and entry-level security-related roles, such as penetration tester, junior IT auditor, and systems, network or security administrator. Security+ skills are also used by security specialists, engineers, and security consultants. According to PayScale the average salary for CompTIA Security+ is $74,000.


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7. (ISC)2: CCSP – CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional

(ISC)2 CCSP credential denotes professionals with deep-seated knowledge and competency derived from hands-on experience with cyber, information, software, and cloud computing infrastructure security. CCSPs help to achieve the highest standard for cloud security expertise and enable organizations to benefit from the power of cloud computing while keeping sensitive data secure. According to PayScale the average salary for Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) is $116,000 a year.


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8. EC-Council: CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker

A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s). The CEH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. According to PayScale the average salary for Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is $81,179 a year.


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9. CompTIA: CySA+ Cyber Security Analyst  

The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification is a vendor-neutral IT professional certification that validates knowledge and skills required to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis, interpreting the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risk to an organization with the end goal of securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization. According to PayScale the average salary for CompTIA Security+ is $74,000 a year.


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10. Google Cloud Platform Professional Security Engineer

A Professional Cloud Security Engineer enables organizations to design and implement a secure infrastructure on Google Cloud Platform. Through an understanding of security best practices and industry security requirements, this individual designs develops and manages a secure infrastructure leveraging Google security technologies.



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