Could you recommend cheap certifications to get your foot in the door of the industry.

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    What careers or areas are you interested in pursuing? Maybe with some more information someone can suggest a program that will help you.
    – adric
    Commented Aug 16, 2012 at 22:22
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    What IS your skillset? Do you want certs in your skillset or in other areas? IT Security-related, I assume? Vendor-specific or vendor-neutral?
    – schroeder
    Commented Aug 16, 2012 at 23:22
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    Good certifications are not cheap. You get what you pay for. If you're looking for a foot-in-the-door, try something like CompTIA Security+, which tests the absolute basics. The exam is 286 EUR, but the eLearning course for it is 450 USD. You don't technically need to do the course first, but it's advisable since it'll give you an idea of what subjects the exam covers.
    – Polynomial
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 7:34
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    This question has been down voted and closed but I would like to thank all of you none the less. I understand your concerns regarding getting a quality education in the area, that's what this would unlock, a 200 euro cert would unlock thousands in education and certs from my employer but I still understand, you want a certain bar. Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 22:00
  • Regarding my skill set, I guess I'm just trying to prove an interest. But my actual skills are in OS theory, C, C++, ObjectiveC programming, Shell Scripting, General networking and administration. Security wise: Wireless security (who isn't?), I can do PGP on paper, I know the theory of buffer overflows, format strings etc. I think I could run an entry level pen-test. Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 22:06

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You're not going to get a lot for that kind of budget. There's also a risk, that if you go buy a certification test without some training first, then failing the certification may backfire. If it's just to impress your boss - then really you should be finding out what would impress him/her.

Brainbench offer online testing around $50 / test.

There are good learning resources on the ccure site as well as the topic Mark Hillick linked to.


I think this question is similar to the following questions, some of which I've answered -

To be honest, I wouldn't waste my time on most certifications that are in that price range because most of them are worthless (granted there are many that are more expensive that are also worthless). One that I would consider is looking at the new certifications developed by the guys at SecurityTube, which are in that price range. These guys are respected in the industry and their courses/certifications have received very favourable reviews.

I'd check these links out below, maybe consider buying books out of the 2-300 euros and get involved in the community (through Owasp, ISSA, your local security groups/forums etc) as I suspect you'll learn more and to be honest, many folk progress their career rather than through chalking up an endless list of certs. Possibly then as you become more involved, you'll have a larger budget and can go for a better certification that can progress your career.

  • I love securitytube's stuff. Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 22:12
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    Well, if you like the answer to your question can you at least upvote it? Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 8:02

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