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CISSP as requirement for cyber security job entry level


Otilio Nunez Vargas Ewa Beach, HI

I am working on my CISSP certificate now after recently graduating from college in cyber security. My question is that if there is employers that may not require this certification to take entry-level cyber security specialists. I would like to work for an IT company now while I get ready for the above certification, then have an opportunity within the same company to be further promoted. Any suggestions.

20 May 2020 3 replies General



Jason Aepli Springfield, VA

Hi Otilio,

I am not a cybersecurity professional, but I worked with quite a few and agree with James that the CISSP is not looked at as an entry level certification. CompTIA Security+ is the entry level certification for working on government projects so that's what I would get first. If you're looking to break into the cybersecurity field I'd recommend my former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, as a great way to get in. They're focused primarily on government projects (Defense is their largest business accounting for >80% of their revenue) and love to hire veterans with cybersecurity knowledge to work on these projects.

Jason Aepli


Otilio Nunez Vargas Ewa Beach, HI

Aloha Mr. Moreno; very good guidance as far as the CompTIA Sec+. I completed the course sometime ago but due to my military assignment at the time, I was unable to take the certification test. I will make an effort to get it completed as soon as possible. Thanks for your very valuable response.


James Moreno Austin, TX

Hello Petty Officer First Class Vargas,
The CISSP is undoubtedly a highly sought after certification, but it is by no means an entry level cybersecurity certification. For an entry level cybersecurity position I think the CompTIA Security+ Certificate would be more appropriate and still very marketable.
CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. Prepare to become Security+ certified by acquiring foundational IT security knowledge with this collection of courses from Skillsoft.
This is the best certification for entry-level cybersecurity job roles.
Recommended experience is to have CompTIA Network+ and 2 years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.
Certification Exam - SY0-501: CompTIA Security+

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