October 11, 2021

Guidance on certs in Cybersecurity Field

Hey there,

I am looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity as it interests me since childhood.

I am an undergraduate with bachelors of computer science. I am interested in pentration testing but never studied or did any courses on it as i believe learning from youtube, earning money on hackerone and ending up in an interview without a cert is useless (i might be wrong about this part).

So, all i need is suggestions/advices on which certs should i go for as someone with 0 work experience?

My master of cybersecurity studies will start in feburary. I have around 4 months till my studies begin, i was wondering in the meantime i could study and get atleast a single cert but there are more than 300+ certs.

If anyone could point a number of good certs which does not require work experience, that would be alot better for me in the meantime and during job hunt after masters.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.



A hospital in Essex County NJ was looking for someone with the following:

– Bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security desired (7 years of experience may be substituted for degree)
– Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification
– Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA)
– Training in Purple Team, SANS Certification preferred
– Preferred: Four (4) years experience in active Threat Intelligence Analysis and purple team exercises
– Minimum: Minimum of 3 years of experience as a Senior cyber security analyst performing intelligence analysis, collection management, and technical analysis
– Knowledge of current cyber threat actors, APTs, and the MITRE ATT&CK and NIST Frameworks
– Hands on experience with SIEM, Threat Intelligence Tools, Security Orchestration and Automation
– Good knowledge of Windows, Linux operating systems, and networking protocols
– Experience with LDAP, single sign-on technologies, and web access management tools

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