Top Cyber Security Certifications 2016


Comptia Security
A basic entry level certification for the curious security newcomer. It really introduces the candidate to many of the security concepts and touches on many basic topics and I have decided to place this as number (1) prize winner of all cyber security certifications to encourage the young generation to go for Information/IT security.


A great information risk certification that touches on various topics concerning Information Security and is definitely a natural progression for the Information and Business Security practitioner to understand how to deal with risk and apply knowledge acquired in the realm of risk. Mostly geared towards the risk practitioner and is mentioned and ranked here for its close relation to Information/IT security.


It was a difficult decision between CISM and CRISC, however, it doesn’t really matter because both are from ISACA. A business oriented certification focusing on management, design, and risk. It is the Information Security professional’s gateway to understanding the broad concepts of information assurance and ultimately securing it, serves security managers, business security architects amongst others.


Composed of 10 knowledge domains in various security topics ranging from physical security to management. The CISSP is more technically oriented and relates to some of the most complex topics like cryptography, network security, authentication, and authorisation, serves the security analyst.



The ultimate IT security geek fantasy, this certification is considered one of the most complex certifications. In order to apply to the OCSE, the candidate has to go through two challenging ordeals and yes it is a cult certification. Suits the malware analyst, the IT security geek and reverse engineer.

#6 LPT

LPT Licensed Penetration Tester
A rising star in the realm of security although this certificate has been around for some time now, EC-council has restructured how this certification is attained and this requires in addition to achieving the CEH and ECSA a practical exam, a must for the dedicated penetration tester.


Two very valuable certifications that are composed of various testing techniques such as long answers, multiple choices and a practical exam that many have said clearly is a tough challenge. ICE infrastructure and ACE application penetration testing are reserved for the novice penetration tester.

#8 GIAC Security Essentials

A must have for all security professionals, given that you can afford it. SANS courses are still the best, but somehow expensive. Yet this certification touches on many topics that range from basic to mid-range complexity, recommended for any security professional never too late to refresh old memories.

#9 CEH

One of the favourite certifications and a highly regarded certification in industry. I believe there is much value to be derived from this certification and most certainly and excellent start for the junior practitioner.

#10 OSCP

A fun certification to have introduces the junior practitioner to backtrack, now Kali Amazing lab setup and truly fun certification