January 19, 2021

Advice for Cybersecurity student

I am a junior at an accredited cybersecurity program at a 4-year university. I am involved in a cybersecurity extracurricular group as well. It is weighting on me on a importance of certifications like the Net+, Sec+, RHCSA, CCNA, etc.

My question is for a student graduating in about 3 semesters, would having these certifications be important in landing my first job in the field? Would they be something I would eventually have to get to maintain a career? Which ones would I benefit most from as far as learning and progression? I know there is a lot of factors.

I read in many posts/forums that a degree can only take you so far on the coverage of essential cybersecurity concepts. I am looking to become a cybersecurity analyst/specialist.




This is quickly becoming a prerequisite for new analysts. The DOD already requires it.


Much, MUCH more important than certificates is experience time. Try to land an internship somewhere. Every month counts. We recruit almost exclusively from our interns and even if they don’t snatch you up, having time on your resume you can point to and say you worked in the field is worth ten times any certificate would be (except maybe an OSEE).


Yes. Go for sec+ at least and then get CEH while the sec+ is fresh in your mind. I would say 50% of CEH is sec+ questions. Go for a couple SANS certs after that and finish off with CISSP if you can.

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