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Amongst OSCP, CEH, or CISSP, Which is the Better Certification to Attain

Want to make your debut into the cybersecurity world? Well, let me make it easy for you. Almost everyone suggests that you should have OSCP, CEH, and CISSP, but hey! which cybersecurity certification is the right one for you? Let me help you answer this question in this article.

The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) is a penetration certification that mainly involves hacking using Kali Linux. It is hands-on and is aimed at individuals whose primary focus is penetration testing. As it is heavily hands-on, you will need to have enough experience in the area before attempting the examination. However, there are many contradictory views to the same.

According to Praveen Kumaresh, Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers-Services Delivery Centre (PwC SDC) said, “OSCP will not land you in a Job and he concluded with OSCP certification is important but this should not be the goal”.

One way to do so is through a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH or CEH) that introduces you to advance tools and methodology of penetration testing. CEH is vital to an organization’s security and is becoming a mandatory addition to every company.

CEH professionals use penetration tests to find vulnerabilities in an organization’s networks. Because this is an invaluable skill, C|EH certified professionals are in high demand and have the potential to earn up to $117K in the United States and Rs. 9 lakhs a year in India.

The Certified Ethical Hacker is quite extensive, and you will get to learn numerous hacking methodologies. You will also prove how to secure an asset through various countermeasures. The exam though is a multiple choice and therefore might not be rigorous enough. Getting C|EH certification will get your key positions with handsome salaries in many organizations looking for those skills.

A CISSP certification on the other hand provides you with end-to-end visibility of information security. It provides you with a mix of technical skills and soft skills in information security. It allows you to start thinking strategically about security-related issues and is aimed at a security professional thinking of advancing to management levels.

How to Choose a Cybersecurity Certification?

If an individual wants to enter the world of cybersecurity and ethical hacking with basic networking knowledge and lack of experience, then they may go for C|EH. Otherwise with at least 5 years of cumulative, paid, full-time work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the (ISC)2 CISSP, a professional can go for CISSP.

CISSP is an advanced level course whereas, C|EH is a core level course.

Both courses have proved to be the best for the professionals but earning potential may be slightly higher or equal with C|EH. C|EH allows for what most IT professionals would consider more exciting work coupled with higher demand for certification. Plus, the CEH was recognized as on best Information Security Certification for 2017.

Every year, the Annual list of top-paying IT Certifications reflects shifting philosophies and tech trends greatly impacting IT departments around the United States.

Based on survey responses from the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, this year’s highest-paying certifications reveal a strong emphasis on particular topics, such as cybersecurity, networking, cloud computing dominate the top five spots.

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