Certification Spotlight: CySA+

The growing number of data breaches demonstrated in today’s digital world driven by technology continues to be an invasive threat, constantly expanding to affect businesses of all sizes and categories. As a result, businesses are challenged with implementing and maintaining effective measures to minimize the impact of these threats to the organization, all while continuing to manage the day-to-day operations of the business. There is a myriad of cyberattack techniques that target different weaknesses, so it is important to pinpoint exactly what causes security incidents when they occur. Defacing websites has fallen out of fashion in favor of ransomware and data wiping malware. ​

This global cyberwar continues to put businesses and governments at risk. No organization is off limits to the cyber attacker and, as a result, businesses and governments are challenged with the question, “Is my organization’s security strong enough?”

When you think about security today, you must understand so many things, such as how and why attacks occur, the types of resources that malicious hackers utilize, the general timeline for an attack, how to respond to an attack, the impact of an attack on a business in regard to compliance/regulations, and what possible controls organizations need to establish to defend against these attacks.​

What is the solution?

In today’s cyberthreat environment, security teams are up against a constant flood of incoming attacks and the security experts fighting back need to be agile, adaptable, and must learn to master the art of defensive systems. CompTIA, the certification body that brought you the Security+ certification, created a certification perfect for defenders: the CompTIA CySA+ certification. This certification focuses on what it takes to stop the threat actors in their tracks. In earning this certification, you will learn many of the skills needed to prevent, detect, and stop threats by implementing a proactive approach to cybersecurity.

Here are the main topic areas covered:

  • Threat and Vulnerability Management
  • Software and Systems Security
  • Compliance and Assessments
  • Security Operations and Monitoring
  • Incident Responses and Digital Forensics

Reference: https://www.comptia.org/certifications/cybersecurity-analyst

You will be able to learn hands-on skills using tools like Wireshark for network analysis, Zeek and Snort for intrusion detection and analysis, and Splunk and ELK to help get visibility into the threats affecting your organization.

If you are looking to advance your career in cybersecurity and stop threats that organizations face globally, this is the certification for you. 

Why is this certification so important?

Cybersecurity professionals need to have the ability to provide organizations with the ability to prevent, detect, investigate, and remediate sophisticated attacks within their on-premise and cloud-based environments. CompTIA CySA+ gives cybersecurity professionals the knowledge and skills needed to protect organizations in the digital age with cyber criminals on the rise.

This certification validates your competence with the following:

  • Leverage intelligence and threat detection techniques
  • Analyze and interpret data to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and threats
  • Identify and address vulnerabilities
  • Suggest preventative measures and controls
  • Effectively respond to and recover from security incidents

Reference: https://www.comptia.org/certifications/cybersecurity-analyst

CompTIA CySA+ meets the ISO 17024 standard and is approved by U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements. It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that information security analysts will be the fastest growing overall job category, with 35 percent overall growth between 2021 and 2031 and US News ranks and Information Security Analysts #1 in 100 Best Jobs in Technology. Are you ready to join the fight against cyber criminals worldwide?

Reference: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

Final Closing Thoughts

There are many reasons to get the CompTIA CySA+ certification. Whether you have been working in cybersecurity for years or it is a new interest for you, it is by far one of the most important sectors of technology in business today. It can allow a better understanding of the risks that, if left unattended, can lead to all kinds of cyberattacks.  From understanding user behavior to detecting threats fast with behavioral analysis, the CySA+ certification helps you as a security professional learn to prioritize and manage security incidents before they get out of hand.

If you are currently or plan to be a cybersecurity analyst, this certification will only improve your cybersecurity posture by giving you the skills needed to spearhead cybersecurity operations within an organization.

Here’s your opportunity to prepare to earn your CySA+ certification! Training Concepts has a hybrid format CySA+ course coming up October 10-14. You can learn more about the class here. Please reach out to us today to get registered!

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