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Certification and Career Paths in Cybersecurity

This page provides an overview of the various US-Council certification levels and associated job roles in the cybersecurity field. Whether you are just starting your career or looking to advance to higher levels, this guide will help you navigate your path in the cybersecurity industry.

Certification Name Level Job Role Skills And Description
Cybersecurity Fundamentals Entry Level System / Network Admin Focuses on the basics of configuring and managing organizational servers and networks. Skills include networking fundamentals, Windows and Linux system management, server configurations (Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, etc.), and basic cloud platform knowledge. Essential for entry into IT and cybersecurity fields.
Cybersecurity Associate Entry Level SOC Analyst Builds on the fundamentals by training professionals to understand hacking attacks, manage alerts from EDR and SIEM solutions, and handle incident investigations and triage. Prepares individuals for SOC operations and roles.
Ethical Hacking and Prevention Mid Level Ethical Hacker Equips professionals with advanced ethical hacking skills, covering footprinting, scanning, exploits, phishing, and more. Participants learn to conduct ethical hacking to identify system vulnerabilities and prevent cyber attacks. Emphasizes ethical conduct and legal compliance.
Cybersecurity Professional Mid Level Cybersecurity Professional Focuses on hands-on skills in Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT), security controls management (Firewalls, IPS, VPNs), and incident response. Prepares professionals to manage cybersecurity technologies and respond to incidents effectively.
Cybersecurity Expert Advanced Level Cybersecurity Engineer The highest level of certification, designed for managing SIEM, EDR, and XDR solutions. Skills include malware analysis, threat intelligence, and forensic analysis. Experts are responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity strategies to mitigate advanced threats.