List of computer security certifications

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Credentialing is the process of establishing the qualifications of licensed professionals, organizational members or organizations, and assessing their background and legitimacy.

In the Computer security or Information security fields, there are a number of tracks a professional can take to demonstrate qualifications. Four sources categorizing these, and many other credentials, licenses and certifications, are:

  1. Schools and Universities
  2. "Vendor" sponsored credentials (e.g. Microsoft, Cisco)
  3. Association and Organization sponsored credentials
  4. Governmental (or quasi governmental) body sponsored licenses, certifications and credentials.

Quality and acceptance vary worldwide for IT security credentials, from well-known and high quality examples like a master's degree in the field from an accredited school, CISSP, and Microsoft certification, to a controversial list of many dozens of lesser known credentials and organizations.

In addition to certification obtained by taking courses and/or passing exams (and in the case of CISSP and others noted below, demonstrating experience and/or being recommended or given a reference from an existing credential holder), award certificates also are given for winning government, university or industry sponsored competitions, including team competitions and contests.

Scope note: This article is about the certification and credentialing of individuals. It does not include certification of organizations or classified computer systems by authorizing, accrediting and approval bodies and authorities as meeting a prescribed set of safeguards.

List of certifications[edit]

Credential abbreviation Certification Title Issuing Organization Focus Costs[Notes 1] Validity duration Number issued
Preparation Exam Renewal fee
CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC)² Leadership, Operations - 699 US$[1] 85 US$ (annually)[2] 3 years (continuously)[2] 127,734[3]
CISSP-ISSAP Information Systems Security Architecture Professional Architecture - 599 US$[1] 35 US$ (annually)[Notes 2][4] 3 years (continuously)[4] 1,952[3]
CISSP-ISSEP Information Systems Security Engineering Professional Engineering - 599 US$[1] 35 US$ (annually)[Notes 2][4] 3 years (continuously)[4] 1,147[3]
CISSP-ISSMP Information Systems Security Management Professional Management - 599 US$[1] 35 US$ (annually)[Notes 2][4] 3 years (continuously)[4] 1,196[3]
SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner IT-Administration - 249 US$[1] 65 US$ (annually)[5] 3 years (continuously)[5] 4,319[3]
CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional Cloud - 599 US$[1] 100 US$ (annually)[6] 3 years (continuously)[6] 3,549[3]
CAP Certified Authorization Professional Authorization - 599 US$[1] 65 US$ (annually)[7] 3 years (continuously)[7] 2,671[3]
CSSLP Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional Software Security - 599 US$[1] 100 US$ (annually)[8] 3 years (continuously)[8] 2,214[3]
HCISPP HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner Healthcare - 599 US$[1] 65 US$ (annually)[9] 3 years (continuously)[9] 1,110[3]
Security+ CompTIA Security+ CompTIA IT-Administration - 330 US$[10] 50 US$ (annually)[Notes 3][11] 3 years[12]
CySA+ CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst Intrusion Detection - 346 US$[10] 50 US$ (annually)[Notes 3][11] 3 years[13]
PenTest+ CompTIA Pentest+ Penetration Testing - 346 US$[14]
CASP CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner Operations - 439 US$[10] 50 US$ (annually)[Notes 3][11] 3 years[15]
CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor ISACA
CISM Certified Information Security Manager
CRISC Certified In Risk and Information Systems Control
GSEC Security Essentials GIAC Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCIA Certified Intrusion Analyst Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GISF GIAC Information Security Fundamentals Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCED Certified Enterprise Defender Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCWN Certified Windows Security Administrator Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GPPA Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GMON Continuous Monitoring Certification Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCCC Critical Controls Certification Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCUX Certified UNIX Security Administrator Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCDA Certified Detection Analyst Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GDAT Defending Advanced Threats Cyber Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCIH Certified Incident Handler Penetration Testing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GPEN Penetration Tester Penetration Testing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GWAPT Web Application Penetration Tester Penetration Testing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GXPN Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester Penetration Testing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GMOB Mobile Device Security Analyst Penetration Testing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GAWN Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks Penetration Testing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GPYC Python Coder Penetration Testing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCFA Certified Forensic Analyst Forensics -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCFE Certified Forensic Examiner Forensics -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GREM Reverse Engineering Malware Forensics -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GNFA Network Forensic Analyst Forensics -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCTI Cyber Threat Intelligence Forensics -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GASF Advanced Smartphone Forensics Forensics -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GSLC Security Leadership Leadership, Operations -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GSNA Systems and Network Auditor Auditing -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GISP Information Security Professional -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GLEG Law of Data Security & Investigations -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCPM Certified Project Manager Leadership, Operations -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GSTRT Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership Leadership, Operations -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GSSP-JAVA Secure Software Programmer-Java Software Security -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GSSP-.NET Secure Software Programmer- .NET Software Security -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GWEB Certified Web Application Defender Software Security -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GICSP Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GRID Response and Industrial Defense -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
GCIP Critical Infrastructure Protection -[16] 1,899 US$[17] 429 US$[Notes 4][18] 4 years[18]
CSCU Certified Secure Computer User EC-Council 125 US$[19] -[Notes 5] 20 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] lifetime[21]
CND Certified Network Defender IT-Administration 100 US$[19] 350 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Penetration Testing 100 US$[19] 950 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
CEH (Practical) Certified Ethical Hacker (Practical) Penetration Testing -[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
ECSA EC-Council Certified Security Analyst Penetration Testing 100 US$[19] 999 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
ECSA (Practical) EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (Practical) Penetration Testing -[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
LPT (Master) Licensed Penetration Tester (Master) Penetration Testing -[19] 899 US$[19] 250 US$ (annually)[19] 1 year[Notes 7][19]
CCISO Certified Chief Information Security Officer Leadership, Management 100 US$[19] 999 US$[19] 100 US$ (annually)[22] 1 year[23]
ECIH EC-Council Certified Incident Handler Incident Handling 100 US$[19] 199 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
CHFI Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator Intrusion Detection 100 US$[19] 500 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
EDRP EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional Disaster Recovery 100 US$[19] 350 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
ECES EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist Encryption 100 US$[19] 199 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
CASE Java Certified Application Security Engineer Java Software Security 100 US$[19] 350 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
CASE .Net Certified Application Security Engineer .Net Software Security 100 US$[19] 350 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
ECSS EC-Council Certified Security Specialist IT-Administration 100 US$[19] 199 US$[19] 80 US$ (annually)[Notes 6][20] 3 years[21]
C)SP+ Certified Security Principles+ Mile2 Universal -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)SA1 Certified Security Awareness 1 Leadership, Management -[24] 200 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)VA Certified Vulnerability Assessor Penetration Testing -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)VCP Certified Virtualization and Cloud Principles Cloud -[24] 400 US$[26] 3 years[25]
C)ISSM Certified Information Systems Security Manager Management -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)ISSO Certified Information Systems Security Officer Universal -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)PEH Certified Professional Ethical Hacker Penetration Testing -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)DFE Certified Digital Forensics Examiner Forensics -[24] 400 US$[27] 3 years[25]
C)VE Certified Virtualization Engineer Cloud -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)ISRM Certified Information Systems Risk Manager Management -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
IS20Controls IS20 security controls Leadership, Management -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)PTE Certified Penetration Testing Engineer Penetration Testing -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)IHE Certified Incident Handling Engineer Incident Handling -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)VFE Certified Virtualization Forensics Examiner Forensics -[24] 400 US$[28] 3 years[25]
C)DRE Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer Disaster Recovery -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)HISSP Certified Healthcare Information Systems Security Practitioner Healthcare -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)ISMS-LA Certified Information Security Management Systems—Lead Auditor Auditing -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)ISMS-LI Certified Information Security Management Systems—Lead Implementer Auditing -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)SWAE Certified Secure Web Application Engineer Software Security -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)CSO Certified Cloud Security Officer Cloud -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)VSE Certified Virtualization Security Engineer Virtualization -[24] 400 US$[29] 3 years[25]
ISCAP Information Systems Certification and Accreditation Professional Management -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)SLO Certified Security Leadership Officer Leadership, Management -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)PTC Certified Penetration Testing Consultant Penetration Testing -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)NFE Certified Network Forensics Examiner Forensics -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)ISSA Certified Information Systems Security Auditor Auditing -[24] 400 US$[24] 3 years[25]
C)VDE Certified Virtual Desktop Engineer Virtualization -[24] 400 US$[30] 3 years[25]
C)ISS Certified IPv6 Security Specialist Management -[24] 400 US$[31] 3 years[25]
OSCP Offensive Security Certified Professional Offensive Security
OSWP Offensive Security Wireless Professional
OSCE Offensive Security Certified Expert
OSEE Offensive Security Exploitation Expert
OSWE Offensive Security Web Expert
EITCA/IS EITCA Information Technologies Security Academy EITCI
CCNA Security Cisco Certified Network Associate - Security Cisco
CCNP Security Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security
CCIE Security Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Security
CCNA CyberOps Cisco Certified Network Associate - CyberOps
Check Point Certified Security Administrator Check Point
CCSE Check Point Certified Security Expert
CIPP Certified Information Privacy Professional IAPP
CIPM Certified Information Privacy Manager
CIPT Certified Information Privacy Technologist
eLearnSecurity Certified Junior Penetration Tester eLearnSecurity
eCPPT eLearnSecurity Certified Professional Penetration Tester
eWPT eLearnSecurity Web Application Penetration Tester
eMAPT eLearnSecurity Mobile Application Penetration Tester
eNDP eLearnSecurity Network Defense Professional
eCRE eLearnSecurity Certified Reverse Engineer
eCTHP eLearnSecurity Certified Threat Hunting Professional
eCPTX eLearnSecurity Certified Penetration Tester eXtreme
CPSA CREST Practitioner Security Analyst CREST
CRT CREST Registered Penetration Tester
CCT-APP CREST Certified Web Application Tester
CCT-Infra CREST Certified Infrastructure Tester
CC SAS CREST Certified Simulated Attack Specialist
CC SAM CREST Certified Simulated Attack Manager
CEPT Certified Expert Penetration Tester IACRB
CPT Certified Penetration Tester
CREA Certified Reverse Engineering Analyst
CASS Certified Application Security Specialist
CSSA Certified SCADA Security Architect
CMFE Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Additional costs for training material, courses and seminars may apply.
  2. ^ a b c in addition to CISSP renewal fees
  3. ^ a b c Renewal fees only apply for the highest certificate.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj In a two-year period after a renewal, additional renewals cost only 219 US$ per certificate
  5. ^ Only available in combination with courseware. Bundle price see Preparation.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Fees apply per member, not per certificate. No additional fees for members that also hold CCISO or LPT certificate.
  7. ^ First validation period after exam is 2 years.

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