Top 5 FREE Cyber Security Certifications & Badges to get entry-level job

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Would any of these besides splunk hold weight on a resume or during a job interview?

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None of these will move the needle in a job interview. If anything they will raise the question of "why not a recognised entry level cert". By all means take the courses for personal development, but claiming them to be certs is a stretch.

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Not extensive list, but it serve the purpose of the community. Thanks for sharing.

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Some courses are free, most aren't.

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I'm a hiring manager. None of these are on my list.

I look for basic certs. A+/Net+/Sec+ and the like, when it comes to entry-level spots.

More so, I look for the right attitude. Folks can be trained on the tools of the trade, but the inquisitive mind is what is needed.

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A few questions for you: Do you hire for cybersecurity roles specifically?

Besides basic well known certs and the right attitude, what else do you look for on paper?

I say on paper because I’m sure you have HR vet the resumes and do a screening before you get a chance to see the candidates.

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What advice would u give to a newbie who has just started his masters in Cybersecurity? I have a bachelors in electrical engineering and this field is rather new to me (i picked it because I developed an interest after learning about some aspects of cybersec during my EE degree's Grid Security subject).

I am currently learning python.

Im in Adelaide atm so there are not a lot of jobs around here... which certs in your opinion should I go for? What are the things that I should to land an entry level job (Im an international student, and most help desk jobs here require an Australian Citizenship/PR).

Tbf Im clueless about my future. Any tips are appreciated.

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Splunk and fortinet. Nice. Will look into it.

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I have a CISSP/CySA/Sec+ and have trouble getting interviews. This looks terrible.

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I have nothing but the blue team level 1 cert and just got offered an entry level SOC analyst position at a military contractor. Possibly resume issue?

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Asking for SWIM, is a CYSA+ worth a damn? If someone had that and was at an organization that was paying them less than $20/hr for basic technician shit, would they be able to find another job fairly easily?

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It's not as well known as the Sec+, but I think it's becoming more popular. I'm not sure if enough hiring managers and HR folks know about it. If anything it would show me that a candidate is committed and has a baseline of analysis/IR knowledge.

I took it a few years ago when I was in an analyst type role, and I felt that it really captured what I was doing on a daily basis. The content is solid, and acted as a stepping stone towards higher level positions/certifications.

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That's helpful.

I'm surprised Udemy isn't on there, as most courses are under $15, there is a filter for free, and in conjunction with r/udemyfreebies, I have nearly 350 courses and have only paid for like ten of them.

Also of note David Bombal has free CCNA and Wireshark training and this site has a huge amount of free stuff: https://www.simplycyber.io/free-cyber-resources

Azure and AWS are both very valuable to learn with a lot of free training on the site.

Hack the Box and Try Hack Me help a lot and are expected if you want to get into red team. I've seen resumes put the HTB ranking and consecutive days interacting with it as a home lab flex.

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Lmao no none of them are actively used in my job, acloudguru is more close. No mention of containers, kubernetes, CI/CD pipelines, nothing that is actually popular that the software devs use.

As we move on to the next post, may I add that camDown helps make you invisible to hackers and guard your personal data and that's no lie!