You’re interested in a career as a cybersecurity professional, but aren’t sure where to start. You probably have the basic (and almost mandatory) CompTIA certs at the moment, such as the N+ and A+. However, if not, it’s not a problem. CompTIA material is always a good idea.
Although there are no prerequisites to either certification, Network+ will be a huge help in certain sections of both exams. This is especially true for the subnet calculation and binary to IP address conversion. Network+ is prominently featured in many of the cybersecurity courses listed by job title.
What are the key differences in the Sec+ and CySA+ exams and certifications? Are you able to take one or the other? What are the differences between them? These questions will be answered and we will explain which setting might be more useful or practical.
Round 1: Industry Acceptance/Recognition
Both certifications are highly sought after and are widely recognized and accepted around the globe. The Sec+ certification is DoD-certified and is considered an industry standard. It covers many topics and explains some of the key concepts behind cybersecurity best practices.
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Start training It validates essential skills like network device log reading and analysis. These consultants are trained to spot patterns and behaviors in the network and other practical knowledge related to threat hunting. The CySA+ offers DoD certification, just like the Sec+.
One thing to keep in mind about these certifications is that you can only hold one of them depending on your circumstances. This is a subjective point, but it is worth considering. It is not uncommon for candidates to obtain the Sec+ certification without having their CySA+. This is especially true for those who are just starting in cybersecurity.
Interviews might ask you some odd questions if you have the Sec+ but not the CySA+. This is because it indicates a potential gap in candidate’s core security knowledge, such as secure network architecture concepts and resiliency strategies, and other essential concepts that aren’t covered in the CySA+.
The CySA+ is a technical intermediate certification that focuses on practical applications. The Sec+ is a theoretical, fundamental cert that covers a lot more information.
If you already have a solid track record in cybersecurity, you can get a similar certification to Sec+. Or, if you have some work experience that shows you are familiar with the topics covered by Security+, the CySA+ will not be a problem. If you are new to cybersecurity, you will need both certifications.
Round 2: Domains of Knowledge & Learning Potential
It is always a good idea to earn a certification. But which one would be most beneficial? It is not always clear which employer values a particular certificate, unless they state it explicitly. This would depend on the preferences of each organization, so there is no definitive answer.
You can decide which certifications teach which skills and where they can be used. How does each domain of knowledge and learning potential stack against each other?
The Sec+ could be described as being a mile in width and an inch in depth. It teaches a lot about security and is linked together in a way that teaches how to implement security best practices. This is the starting point for most cybersecurity professionals.
There are many other entry options.