January 4, 2021

Amount of Cybersecurity Training and Certificates per Year

We all know that working in cybersecurity requires constant learning. Since formal training including certificates (like CISSP, OSCP, SANS/GIAC) provide a great opportunity to learn, many employers fund their employee’s training. However, the extend in employer support seems to differ greatly.

So I wonder

1. How much cybersecurity training / how many certificates do you get per year?
2. How many of those trainings are directly supported by your employer and to what extend? (e.g. paid for and/or extra off days)

For example: I currently try to get one major certificate per year. My current employer (big tech company) pays for one “expensive” certificate every two years. Additionally we are offered one week of internal training every year without certification opportunity. (Hence, I learn a lot in my free time.)

Comments

ricestocks

While I agree with maximizing the free coverage of your employer, just make sure you’re not a paper tiger. I’d personally just get 1 every 2-3 years to renew Comp-Tia just for the hell of it, but my personal goal is to strive towards 1 career and pick up only what I need on the way; but yea security is so huge there’s so much shit to learn lol

ricestocks

While I agree with maximizing the free coverage of your employer, just make sure you’re not a paper tiger. I’d personally just get 1 every 2-3 years to renew Comp-Tia just for the hell of it, but my personal goal is to strive towards 1 career and pick up only what I need on the way; but yea security is so huge there’s so much shit to learn lol. Just don’t get burnt out and remember to enjoy life :D.

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