Industry insiders believe that whether to gain a cyber security certificate truly depends on what a security professional’s end-goal is. Do they want to enter the manager track and eventually become a CISO? Or does a candidate want to specialize in a particular field, such as containers or Kubernetes, said Leo Pate, an application security consultant at nVisium, a Virginia-based application security provider.

“It depends on what you’re trying to learn and where you are going to work,” Pate said. “Not all certifications are created equal, so make sure the one you are spending time, money, and energy into obtaining is ‘worth’ it.”

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