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Professional Certifications

 Explore the NICE guide to Cybersecurity Certifications

Certifications are often obtained from professional associations, may be valid for only a specific amount of time, and must be renewed periodically. Employers use certifications as a way to identify people with specific skill sets. Certifications are portable across organizations and from job-to-job. Having a certification helps job candidates stand out and shows that they possess the necessary professional skills as endorsed by an impartial, third-party.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) has developed a list of organizations that provide certifications to cybersecurity professionals. This list will support NICE's goal of supporting the development of a technically capable cadre of cybersecurity professionals across the nation. 

Organizations that provide Cybersecurity Certifications

To date, NICE has identified the following organizations that provide the professional certifications needed for entry or promotion in the cybersecurity career field:

NICCS strives to offer a comprehensive list. It will be updated as new resources are discovered. If you have an additional organization for possible inclusion, please share your information with the NICCS Supervisory Office at .

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