Recommended Certification Path

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I frequently get queries from people asking me for a recommended certification path. As an example, I recently received this query from Moe*:

“I am curious in which path I should take to get certified…. Do you have a recommended path in the InfoSec field.”

It’s a tough question to answer, mostly because I know next to nothing about Moe.

Sometimes I respond with a tongue-in-cheek question.

“I want to replace my current automobile. Can you tell me what to buy?”

The idea is that because Moe knows next to nothing about me, there’s very little chance that he can give me useful advice. He might tell me to buy this car.

Recommended certification path to buy a car

It looks nice and might be perfect for Moe. However, it won’t be very useful to me in the snow or when I take weekend trips with my wife and dogs.

No One-Size-Fits-All Recommended Certification Path

I’ve come to learn that when I see socks labeled as one-size-fits-all, it usually means that they don’t fit my feet.

No one-size-fits-all recommended certification path

Similarly, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all certification path. There are just too many variables including:

  • Goals
  • IT experience
  • Education level
  • Age (14? 34? 64?)
  • Security experience
  • Current certifications
  • Comprehension level

Recommended Certification Path Blog Posts

The good news is that I have written many blog posts on certification paths. One way to find them without this list is to use these steps:
1) Go here:
2) If necessary, scroll down to the Google Custom Search box.

Googlesearch3) Type “path” and press return.

Here are some of the blog posts you’ll see:

If you’re looking for advice beyond a technical certification, check out these two books:

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You Can Do Anything: Three Simple Steps to Success

If you’re looking for success in any endeavor, follow the three simple steps outlined in this book.

* No, it wasn’t really Moe Szyslak, the professional proprietor of Moe’s Tavern. The gentleman’s real name was ******* ********.

Still Wondering What Path to Take?

Browse the forums here. Read some posts in the General Certification forum or the IT Jobs /Degrees forum, or in any the specific certification forums such as CompTIA and Infosec. If you can formulate a clear question, people on these forums are often very helpful.

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