Cybersecurity has quickly become a top concern of modern businesses and it seems that no matter how large or small your company is, you risk attracting pesky cyber criminals.  These malicious hackers may have the abilities to access your most sensitive data, filter money from your banking systems, or shut your online operations down entirely.

More so than ever, it makes sense for all companies to ensure their computer and network systems are equipped with sufficient security to repel invaders. In addition to Cybersecurity specialists, it is critical that companies employ IT workers who are also skilled in the art of cybersecurity and know how to hack systems fairly well themselves.

There are a number of certified courses available that not only train individuals in the art of cyber hacking, but validate their skills with an industry recognized certification. The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications are amongst the top tier of cybersecurity credentials available today. Here we look at both of these cybersecurity certifications and the differences between them.

CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker

This qualification is available via EC Council and is one of the most popular credentials available today. EC Council encourages applicants to think like a hacker in order develop the skills to catch a hacker. They believe that in order to be able to deflect cyber attacks you must have at least the same level of savvy as a the criminal hacker you are battling.

The exam itself is rather heavy in content with 150 questions that need to be answered in 4 hours. The pass mark is set at 70% and the latest version of this qualification is 8. The most effective CEH instructors will execute practice tests, in depth reviews of answers, and effective testing techniques.

A CEH boot camp course follows the CEH curriculum and allows the individual to get their hands dirty by setting up a replicate working environment used by a malicious hacker. By learning how to infiltrate networks and computer systems effectively, the IT professional will be able to get inside the criminal mind of the hackers they are eventually going to be taking on. If you choose to take the CEH route you will also learn all about the psychological art of Social Engineering, Virus Creation, DoS Attacks and many more current favored hacking techniques. A course like this prepares you to take and pass the CEH v8 exam.

CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional

The CISSP is available via the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. In order to qualify for this prestigious IT security credential you will need to display a very strong prior knowledge of all aspects of cybersecurity. You will have to show a clear and practical understanding of a professional code of ethics and you will be asked to sit and pass an intense examination. Once you have attained this credential it is most likely that you will be able to apply for various high-level computer security roles, as your qualifications will identify you as somebody who is not only professional but also distinguished in your particular field of cybersecurity. Like the CEH, you can also fully prepare to obtain this credential by taking a boot camp training course, and working with practice test systems and portals to fully prepare for the exam.

There is no doubt that these two certifications are different, but they both have the common aim to equip cybersecurity professionals with tools and skills to take on and defeat the ever growing threat of malicious hackers in 2015 and beyond.

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