Welcome to another Cyber Security Minute, where I answer your questions every Monday in under 60 seconds. This week’s question comes from Pam who asks, “What do you think of the new CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ certification?”
CompTIA provides a lot of great certifications. Heck, I even teach their A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. But, is the Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) going to be worth your time and money to obtain?
The CSA+ is scheduled for release tomorrow, February 15, 2017. It is designed to test your knowledge of behavioral analytics to improve IT security, your ability to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis, and interpret those results. CompTIA states it is going to be a performance based exam with hands-on simulations. If this holds true, there can be a lot of benefit in the exam to prove your experience in the cyber security field. But, if it turns into simply another multiple-choice memorization exercise, than it may not be worth getting.
The exam covers open-source tools like Wireshark for network analysis, Bro and Snort for Intrusion Detection, and even some open-source SIEM solutions and forensic suites. It looks promising and based on my initial review of the exam objectives, it could fill a big void that occurs after obtaining the Security+ exam for this entering the Cyber Security field and wanting to remain more technical.
That said, the CSA+ is brand new and it definitely doesn’t have the marketplace credibility…yet. That can change quickly once it is released, so don’t write off this exam just yet. How successful it is in the marketplace, in my opinion, will really drive its true value to determine if it deserves a spot on your resume.
Come back next week, when we will cover the IT Certification exams at large, with the question of “Are IT Certification Exams Really Worth The Cost to Get?”
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