Introduction

If you are planning to become a cybersecurity architect, certifications are a good way to validate your skills in designing, building, implementing and overseeing cybersecurity architecture. These will be your prime responsibilities. 

Every organization today relies heavily on technology, which is why IT is a fundamental part of any strong business strategy. These certifications are designed to test your knowledge, skills and capabilities working with cybersecurity architect frameworks, software tools and best practices. By passing these exams, you will prove a baseline of knowledge to potential employers.

In this article, we will explore the most in-demand cybersecurity architect certifications and how they can help to boost your career.


What are the certifications for a security architect?  

Your resume needs to be strong in order to compete with other participants on interview day. For this to be done effectively, you need one or more certifications, no matter whether you want to concentrate on a system, software applications or other areas of the company IT architecture. 

Certifications also help immensely in securing managerial roles in the IT department. Employers typically demand advanced-level security certifications from accredited certification vendors. However, entry-level and intermediate-level certifications are also accepted for some cybersecurity architect job roles. 

Below are some certifications to consider:

CompTIA Security+ Certification

According to Leighton Johnson, CTO and founder of ISFMT (Information Security Forensics Management Team), the Security+ certification should be an introductory cert for cybersecurity architects.

The CompTIA Security+ certification will certify the knowledge and skills of successful candidates. As a Security+-certified candidate, you are proven to have the ability to install and configure systems to secure devices, applications and networks; to participate in risk mitigation activities; to perform threat analysis and responding with suitable mitigation strategies; and to operate with an awareness of applicable laws, policies and regulations.

More importantly, having the above knowledge and skills also validates that you will be able to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of data (also known as the CIA triad) within an organization. In addition, Security+ includes best practices in hands-on troubleshooting to ensure that you have practical, not just theoretical, problem-solving skills related to information security. Furthermore, you will not only identify but also address security incidents.

The recommended experience requirements for the Security+ are the CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.

Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP)

The CISSP is one of the world’s premier cybersecurity certifications. The CISSP certification proves that you have the managerial and technical knowledge and experience to effectively design, implement and manage a top-notch cybersecurity posture for companies. To pursue your career as a cybersecurity architect, the CISSP certification is crucial.

The CISSP certification’s Common Body of Knowledge covers a broad spectrum of topics, including asset security, security operations, security assessment and testing, communication and network security, Identity and Access Management (IAM) and software development security.

To qualify for the CISSP exam, you must have at least five years of paid, cumulative and full-time work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP. You can obtain one year of the required experience by earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the list approved by the (ISC)², the CISSP’s vendor.

CISSP-ISSAP (Information Systems Security Architecture Professional)

The CISSP-ISSAP certification is a specialized credential that is built upon the CISSP. It is an optional pursuit that certifies your subject matter mastery in security architecture. With this certification, you can develop, design and analyze security solutions for your company. If you are interested in a career path related to the cybersecurity architect, CISSP-ISSAP is the best fit for you, as it proves your evolving expertise in cybersecurity architecture. 

The CISSP-ISSAP tests your skills and knowledge in a wide spectrum of topics related to the security architecture, including identity and access management architecture, infrastructure security, security operations architecture, security architecture modeling, architect for application security architect for governance, compliance and risk management.  

With the CISSP-ISSAP credential, you will be able to perform upper-level managerial roles and the implementation of the cybersecurity programs. In addition to the focus on technology, you will also be able to participate in the consultative and analytical process of information security.

To qualify for the CISSP-ISSAP exam, you must be a CISSP in good standing. In addition, you must have two years of paid and cumulative work experience in one or more of the six domains of the CISSP-ISSAP.

Certified Expert Cyber Architect (CECA)

The CECA certification validates your knowledge and skills in understanding the policy framework and main policy elements, identifying classical access control models and mechanisms, and implementing system security principles in the design, development and operation of the information systems. As a CECA-certified professional, you will be able to implement privacy and security controls in the information systems of federal and other types of organizations, including contractors, academia or the general public.

To qualify for the CECA exam, you must have a minimum of five years of relevant experience in security architecture.

Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA)

The CSSA certification proves that you have the adequate knowledge and skills to properly protect the SCADA systems used to monitor and control equipment or plant in various different industries, such as transportation, telecommunication, oil and gas refining, and water and waste control.

The CSSA credential tests your skills in various topics related to SCADA security and general security, including SCADA security policy development, SCADA protocol security issues, SCADA security standards and best practices related to access control, detecting cyberattacks on the SCADA system, user authentication and authorization, securing field communications and vulnerability assessment.

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 

The CISM is another leading certification for cybersecurity architect job roles. According to ISACA, the vendor who created it, the CISM certification demonstrates your information security management expertise and certifies that you are well-versed in designing, managing, overseeing and assessing the company’s information security.

The CISM exam incorporates four domains, including information security governance, managing information risks, developing and managing information security programs, and performing information security incident management.

In 2018, CISM was ranked among the highest-compensated certifications across the globe in Certifications Magazine’s Salary Survey. The average salary for this certification was $120,410.

According to ISACA, a CISM certificate is appropriate for CISA or CISSP-certified professionals who are looking to move into the information security management and general security management professionals who are looking to move into the information security, and information security managers.

Conclusion

A cybersecurity architect job role encompasses a variety of information security positions, which include security architect, chief architect, data architect, application security architect, security network architect and so on. Having a related certification can boost your career in a cybersecurity architect realm. These certifications include Security+, CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, CECA, CSSA and CISM.

 

Sources

  1. Becoming an IT Security Architect – Learning Paths Explored, Simplilearn
  2. How to Become a Security Architect, Cyber Degrees
  3. CompTIA Security+, CompTIA
  4. Become a CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional, (ISC)²
  5. CISSP-ISSAP (Information Systems Security Architecture Professional), (ISC)²
  6. Certified Expert Cyber Architect (CECA), National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)
  7. Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA), Information Assurance Certification Review Board (IACRB)
  8. CISM: Affirm Your Expertise, Advance Your Career, ISACA
  9. CISM Online Review Course, ISACA

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