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. The best in my mind are GIAC (Sans) and Offensive Security (Known for the OSCP and Kali Linux).
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.
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.
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.
Others worth mentioning are CompTIA with their Security+ and Pentest+ and the EC Council’s Certified Ethical Hack (CEH)