January 25, 2021

Recommendations for certifications after CySA+ with the current Cybersecurity landscape

I’m brand spanking new to Cyber after randomly gaining interest in the field after learning about Pentesting.

My first step into Cyber was buying the CySA+ course on Comptia. I did so because of their brand recognition and the field overview (the basics in Cybersecurity) vs starting off with security+ like most people. I figure something more geared towards the field I want to get into is the best step vs a broad widely accepted cert that everyone has.

So I’m almost done with all the practice tests and flashcards with CySA+ and I feel highly confident I’m going to pass the exam. What I don’t feel confident in is what will be my next step after that.

I applied to a IT help desk position at Boeing as a way to possibly gain real world basic bare bones experience and I was going to stalk one of the Cybersecurity guys until they reach me their ways.

I don’t know if I should start diving into a cert for cloud security next since that’s where the industry looks like it’s heading in as well.

I do know just because there are way more defensive jobs out there than offensive, I abandoned going into the pentesting direction even though I genuinely like it more and that was the reason why I started this journey. I just want a higher chance of landing a job and going from there.

What is everyone’s thoughts? Where should I go next matter CySA+?

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