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The Value of Information Security Certifications

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The Value of Information Security Certifications


There is a global fear that nothing online is really safe anymore. Every time a major breach is uncovered, or information is leaked, organisations and people the world over shudder. It is becoming

increasingly perceived that data protection is becoming an impossible task.

If we unpack why these breakdowns occur, it can mostly be attributed to human error – whether directly or indirectly. This is when a person ignores clear warning signs of an attack, and fails to take a specific action. To sum it up, cyber security is the failure in all of this, and this is always a people problem. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom, there is a people solution.

Effective cybersecurity becomes unattainable if we let it. We need every IT specialist to have a greater working knowledge of the best practices associated with cybersecurity. They also need to be dedicated to following these best practices at all times.

Cybersecurity is a People Problem

The weakest link in cybersecurity operations at businesses or private organisations is: people. A survey by CertiMag discovered that 80% of Information Security professionals believe that enterprise security staff is too small.

There is also the issue of preparedness – 81% of respondents to the above-mentioned survey agree that security training of non-IT personnel is inadequate. 51% of respondents went on to agree that security of IT training for professionals is also inadequate.

Cybersecurity Technology is Insufficient

As well as a lack of staff and training, most certified information security professionals of the survey stated that they believe most organisations are working with outdated or insufficient hardware, software and policy protections.

This is not to say that organisations are not spending money on their information security, however, there is not much confidence in well considered spending as the security doesn’t address most serious problems.

More than half of the participants in the survey agree that the money spent on enterprise security is not well considered and over 74% of respondents believe that the spending on enterprise security is just not sufficient enough.

Spending on Certifications

There is another area where lack of staff, training, and spend can all be addressed. Information security certifications can increase the amount of security staff – this is done by upskilling current staff. Certifications give IT professionals and non-IT professionals the opportunity of second learning and regular refreshing of knowledge.

Organisations are starting to acknowledge the value of investing in information security certifications. Here is some good news, 41% of respondents stated that their employers paid the total cost of their most recent certifications, while 17% shared the cost with their employers.

Masterskill offers a variety of Information Security Certification Courses

ELK93-027SG CompTIA Security+ (Exam SY0-501)
ELK93-028SG CyberSAFE (Securing Assets For End-users)
ELK93-023SG CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) (Exam CAS-002)
ELK93-024 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®)
ELK93-045SG Cisco CCNA Security: Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS 210-260)
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