Security Certification Progression Chart 2020

When starting out in the cyber security sector, it’s difficult to make sense of all the various certifications available. A lot of the time it’s even difficult to ascertain whether or not a specific certification is industry recognised. Luckily, Reddit user SinecureLife has kindly provided the chart shown above (click for higher resolution). The chart provides paths for nearly all of the industry recognised certifications from entry level to expert experience. Each of the certifications fall into different red team and blue team categories to provide guidance on how to focus on specific areas of security.

If you’re a beginner, it’s recommended to do either the Security+ training and exam from Comptia or the Certified Ethical Hacker certification from the EC-Council, links for both below:

https://www.comptia.org/certifications/security

https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/

For beginners, Security+ is a great place to start as the cost of certification is considerably less compared to the CEH.