Cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics in IT, and there’s no lack of available jobs in this fascinating space. However, there’s still a lack of qualified candidates to meet the demand. Enter CompTIA. The highly-regarded IT industry trade association and certifier launched its newest credential in February 2017—Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+).
A Focus on Analytics
According to a CompTIA press release, this groundbreaking, vendor-neutral certification “will offer broad-spectrum validation of knowledge and skills required to configure and use cyber-threat detection tools, perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization. It certifies knowledge of a data-driven approach to information security.”
One big differentiator behind this certification is the use of behavior analytics—measurements of activity, access, interaction, visitation, etc.—to help IT professionals recognize potential security threats on systems and networks.
Cybersecurity Pros Needed to Address the Growth of the Internet of Things
It’s predicted that the snowballing growth of the Internet of Things, along with billions of devices in the world and the networks that tie that world together will require IT pros be prepared to address the tidal wave of activity, data and security threats that will come with it.
In the CompTIA press release, President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux says, “It’s an economic and societal imperative to train and certify hundreds of thousands of IT professionals with the analytical skills they need to address the complexity and diversity of threats as they multiply.”
The demand for cybersecurity analysts is strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth in the field from 2014 to 2024 is 18 percent—one of the fastest growing job roles in the U.S. workforce.
Bridging the Skills Gap
The new CSA+ certification bridges the skills gap between CompTIA Security+ and the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) exam to create a vendor-neutral cybersecurity career pathway:
CompTIA Security+—the benchmark for best practices in IT security, covering essential principles for network security and risk management.
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+—focuses on skills associated with the use of threat detection tools, data analysis and the interpretation of results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks.
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner—certifies critical thinking and judgment across a broad spectrum of security disciplines.
CompTIA CSA+ has received a Certificate of Accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), signifying that it meets ISO/IEC 17024:2012 general requirements for personnel certifications.
Summing It Up
For professionals looking to stay in IT over the coming decade, the CSA+ is an excellent credential that validates proficiency in this mission-critical technology. For information about training for this new certification, contact a friendly Success Advisor at KnowledgeNet. Or call 877-797-2799.