Defining The Common Core Of Cybersecurity: Certifications + Practical Experience

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Security certifications are necessary credentials, but alone won’t solve the industry’s critical talent gap.

There’s an adage in the legal community that passing the bar exam does not make you a good lawyer. But does obtaining a certification make you a good cybersecurity professional? The answer, similarly, is no. But it’s a step in the right direction.

Given the rapidly increasing cybersecurity threats facing businesses today, the need for more qualified cybersecurity professionals has never been more urgent. Recent estimates from Cisco peg the current shortfall of cybersecurity professionals at one million, and Symantec estimates that number will rise to 1.5 million by 2019. And yet, despite the rapid growth of the field over the last 10 years, cybersecurity is still very much a wild west when it comes to talent.

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