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Prioritization of IT Certifications before transitioning to the Cybersecurity field


Patrick Armour Columbus, GA

I'll be transitioning from active duty at the end of the year and I'm currently in the process of completing my grad degree in IT. With my ETS date right around the corner, I'm exploring all my options with regards to available certifications. The certifications, through available programs, that are immediately available to me are PMP, Lean Six, Network+, Security+, MSSA, CEH, and CISSP. With a desire to transition into the cybersecurity field, which certifications should I tackle first?

Thanks for your help.

27 June 2019 6 replies Education & Training



Steve Ruzzini Pittsburgh, PA

Hi Patrick,

Thank you for your service! From a broad cyber-security perspective, CISSP is going to be your best cert on that list. It's on virtually every cyber job posting and a prerequisite that many screeners look for when sorting through resumes.

I work in cyber-security on the consulting side and would be happy to chat with you about certifications and/or careers in cyber. Feel free to drop me a private message if you'd like to speak in more detail.

21 July 2019 Helpful answer


Gabriel Hoffman Falls Church, VA

Security+, CISSP, CEH are the big three in our company (Northrop Grumman) for cyber security.
PMP is good if you are focused on becoming a PM.
Lean Six Sigma is a great overall course on continuously getting better.
I can connect you with one of our Cyber experts if you like.

27 June 2019 Helpful answer


Jonathan Lo Emeryville, CA

Hi Partick,

I would check out FaceBook's program.



Brendan Brink Dallas, TX

I'm Currently in the MSSA program, and it has really developed my skills to transition into the IT field, highly encourage you to participate in the program. Regarding certification, if you would like to work in government positions or contracting with the government Sec+ is a major requirement. Network+ is also a great foundation level cert, if you don't understand how computers communicate you won't be very effective in the cyber security field.


Jo Prabhu Long Beach, CA

Cyber Security is a Hot Hot Hot and Top Paying profession! The best advice I can give you is this: Conduct a Job Search with the relevant job titles you are interested in. Check the requirements list and see what certification or education they require.
Then search for local colleges or online schools that will not only provide certification courses but also place you in internships, externships, or even as an apprentice to get started. Good luck!


Patrick Armour Columbus, GA

Thanks for the info sir!

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