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Career with a Security+ Certification

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 19, 2014 11:30:22 AM / by Paul Ricketts

Security-Plus-Careers-1200x837While it is a good feeling simply to have achieved your Security+ Certification, the reality is clear that it is time to start your career and job search in the information technology (IT) field. With a boost to your self-esteem, knowing that you have a respected professional certification endorsed by such major companies as Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Defense and IBM, you can approach your job search with confidence and pride.

The next step in your career search is narrowing down your field of job options so you can move forward with your search, having a realistic idea of the type of job you should seek with your Security+ Certification. Below are a few ideas to get you moving in the right direction for a career in which you can use your certification.

  1. Cryptographer. As a cryptographer, you will use your basic computer knowledge from your college and other advanced studies in the field, as well as your specialized security knowledge that your Security+ Certification gives you. In this position, you will monitor your company's system for weaknesses throughout and in codes within the system. You will constantly monitor the system for incoming security threats and ferret out any criminal intent toward your company's system. With this type of position, you might work for the government in defense posts or in the private sector with telecommunications companies, banks and other areas in the financial sector.

  2. Access Control and Security Manager. This position requires you to protect your company's technological infrastructure, which includes protecting your company's sensitive data, which includes client information as well as internal matters, such as confidential employee information. With a Security+ Certification, you will find that you easily qualify for this type of position.

  3. Network Administrator. Some of the job functions of this position title include system administrator, field support technician, Internet security specialist and server technician. With this position, you will also monitor the company's computer hardware, monitoring as this works in tandem with software that makes up your computer networking system to ensure consistent and smooth performance. As a network administrator, you will not spend much time interacting with users since you will focus on the system itself.

  4. Security Operations Manager. Perhaps your Security+ Certification was the last stepping stone toward your achieving this position in your company. As security operations manager, you will recommend and implement your organization's security policies, programs and ongoing procedures. You will act as a liaison between your organization and third-party security officers regarding your company's information technology issues. Other roles you will fill include monitor and address unplanned security issues, investigate any suspicious activity that you perceive as a threat to your organization's data and computer system and develop and deliver frequent training sessions to keep your team in compliance and ready for any security issues.

  5. Security Trainer. Take the information you learn from Security+ and pass it on to others on your company's staff — or for a Security+ training provider — in this position.

  6. Ethical Hacking. This is the practice of legally breaking into an organizations computer systems to expose vulnerabilities and fix them. Starting as a very niche role in the IT community Ethical Hacking is rapidly becoming a mainstream career for many IT professionals. Large companies are employing skilled and certified ethical hackers to counter an ever increasing number of cyber-attacks. Getting into this field often requires a candidate to have EC-Councils Certified Ethical Hacker Certification (CEH), which is a natural next step for anyone with Security+ under their belt. CEH is particularly desirable if you are looking to advance your career in a cybersecurity role.


Updated: This article was updated from its original version 03/07/2019 to reflect industry changes and additional content.


Topics: CompTIA, Cybersecurity, Security+

Paul Ricketts

Written by Paul Ricketts

Originally from the UK, Paul Ricketts is the Director of Marketing at TrainACE in Greenbelt, MD. Having started out in the field of Geographic Information Systems, Paul has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of industries, focused on tech., graphics and data analysis. Having finally settled in the field of marketing, he has spent the last 8 years fine tuning his skills in the art of communication and persuasion.

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