Certifications

Going after certifications is a great way to advance a career, gain new skills or stay up-to-date. In computer security there are so many certification options it can be overwhelming. Below are some of the top security certification programs.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
GIAC is a certification organization founded by the well known SANS Institute. GIAC probably has the widest range of information security certifications available. The certifications cover areas like: computer forensics, security administration, auditing, management and more.
http://www.giac.org/certifications/categories

Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
ISACA certifications are more focused on auditing and management.
http://www.isaca.org/CERTIFICATION/Pages/default.aspx

International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²
(ISC)² has a number of certifications like the popular Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The certification’s available cover everything from forensics and computer security to secure software development.
https://www.isc2.org/credentials/default.aspx

Offensive Security
Home to the motto, “Try Harder” and the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification. Offensive Security provides a number of penetration testing courses and certifications. What is unique about Offensive Security is that the exams are practical tests of your skills in a lab environment.
https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-certifications/

Pentester Academy
Pentester Academy a great resource for everything pentesting, has started offering certifications for some of their courses. The certification’s require passing a practical hands-on exam.
http://www.pentesteracademy.com/exam