The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification prepares IT professionals with at least 5 years of experience to provide cybersecurity protection and solve security problems for companies and organizations. CASP is a mastery level certification that might be undertaken once other certifications have been obtained, or after the required experience in the field.
Many employers look for CASP certification before hiring in cybersecurity positions because CASP-certified employees are knowledgeable and have the ability to solve problems in cybersecurity when they arise. CASP certification has many practical uses in the IT field, including the following.
1. Advancement to a leadership position.
After 5 or more years in an entry level cybersecurity position, you may be looking to get promoted or to take on a more advanced role within your organization. Having the CASP certification will show your company’s upper management that you are ready for a leadership role.
2. To work internationally or for a company with international interests.
CASP certification is globally recognized, and preparation for the exam will ensure that you have the needed skills to perform cybersecurity functions anywhere in the world. Employers can be confident in hiring or promoting you to a position that involves cybersecurity across national boundaries or in multiple nations.
3. To obtain employment with the U.S. government.
The Department of Defense has approved CASP certification and declared it compliant with government regulations under both 8570.01-M requirements and FISMA. If you are interested in working for the government doing cybersecurity, this certification will prepare you well for such a position.
4. To obtain a project manager position in cybersecurity.
Project managers must be able to manage diverse IT professionals and carry the reins when it comes to problem-solving and leading a team. CASP certification is good preparation for this complex position. You may find yourself in high demand as a project manager after passing the CASP exam!
5. To demonstrate staying power.
Although you need experience in cybersecurity to obtain certification, getting certified will show your employer that you are committed to the cybersecurity area. This may lead to opportunities within the company that will make use of this growing expertise.
6. To educate others.
CASP certified professionals may also be able to use their expertise to train others in the skills needed to pass the exam. Your organization may want you to train colleagues as part of your position there, or you may be able to teach CASP exam preparation courses on the side. Either way, passing on the knowledge you have gained is an effective way to use your skills.
Cybersecurity is a growing field, with an estimated one million unfilled job openings in 2016. PC AGE coursework will prepare IT professionals to take the CASP exam and become certified at a mastery level in this vital and understaffed career field. Request information about our programs today.
Rameez Khizer, IT Marketing