April 9, 2021


What are thoughts and opinions on security+? I’m currently a system admin with just a network+ cert. I want to go into the security side of things. I know there is the sec+ and cissp. What do yall think is the best cert to get next?



There is a *huge* difference in the difficulty between Security+ and CISSP. Security+ is considered an entry security cert (although it builds upon concepts of networking, computers, servers, and general IT) while CISSP is–of the widely recognized security certificates–considered the most esteemed you can get. Sec+ tends to be more technical, CISSP more managerial, although at the end of the day they’re both conceptual, not practical, certs.

If you’ve never stepped foot in security professionally or academically, I’d very much direct you to Security+ first. Plus Security+ has no requirements, while CISSP requires 5 years in a professional position relating to Security (Which doesn’t strictly need to be a core security role, but nevertheless you probably won’t find general system admin work counting), so it’s probably not achievable quite yet regardless.


I have a security+.

I also have a CISSP.

Security+ is like when you were 16 and your dad was teaching you how to drive your automatic transmission car in an empty parking lot.

The CISSP is like when you were 16, and a toothless man that lives behind the grocery store teleported you into Boeing 747 cockpit 50,000 feet in the air and both pilots have been knocked unconscious.

Save the CISSP when you have 5+ years experience in infosec. Can’t even get the certification without having at least 5 years experience anyway, they straight up won’t give it to you even if you pass the exam.

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