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    Question Direct CISSP or CompTIA Security+ and then CISSP

    Hi Members

    Great if you can help me deciding on crucial point of my career.

    I am into 11th year of experience in my career and all experience in core telecom domain (working on fixed line techno like DWDM, SDH ,PDH etc...). Since transmission is eventually fading out , so looking to turn my career into some interesting and demanding field and I soughted out (from my friends and colleagues) that Information security field will be in high demand for some years.

    This is my question now, I want to enter security field with zero prior experience. So please advise me choosing the right path for me,

    Option:-1
    CompTIA security+ and then CISSP (gaining Associate Designation) and then reach out to employers for securing job into security?

    Option:-2
    Directly going for CISSP (gaining Associate Designation) and then reach out to employers for securing job into security and complete 5 years of experience before I complete my CISSP certified?

    Any other option, please suggest

    Note:- I have already good understanding of networking and had already achieved CCNA R&S level.

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    I went through a career transition myself recently. Here are my two cents from my experience. In my case I'd been a network admin/systems engineer for 15 years + and like you I was ready for a new direction and decided on cyber security. I wound up taking a look at a lot of job postings and carefully asked myself beyond the certification did I have the skills to do the job? Certifications with no experience may get you past HR but likely not much further. Many of the jobs with the CISSP involve doing some management. If you have a solid management background plus the prerequisites https://www.isc2.org/Certifications/CISSP then by all means go for the CISSP. The Security+ certification is less expensive and doesn't have the experience prerequisite-it is also not considered a higher level cert and thus pay levels aren't as high which are things you'll have to consider whether you're willing to deal with. For me I opted to go for the Security + certification, took a bit of a step back salary wise, landed a junior IA job, and am now studying for my CISSP. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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    Hello. Having done something similar to your path I can relate. I got started in telecoms, satellite systems specifically, then on to wireless/cellular systems. I didn't make the transition to IT until about 9 years ago, after I was laid off from Sprint.

    Your friends are absolutely right about IT security being hot - just look at the news about all the breaches and cyber attacks. You've made a good career decision and the folks here at TechExams are all happy to help others here.

    If I were in your situation, I would start with the Security+. It's not that hard of a cert to knock out, it will open doors at the very least to DoD IA(information assurance) jobs, and will help you prepare for security job interviews (the only value I got out of Net+ was my preparing for it helped me ace an interview that got me my first IT job). Then by all means pursue the CISSP, even if only associate, it will open doors too. However, I used my telecom job experience to satisfy the experience requirement, and the ISC2 accepted it. As I was vetted directly by the ISC2, that is pretty much the final say.

    Regardless how you choose to pursue this, good luck!
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    I got my Sec+ not long ago and now I'm pursuing the CISSP. Honestly, I feel like a lot of the Sec+ material is very similar to what I'm reading in the CISSP books. Obviously the scope of the CISSP is much wider still, but having my Sec+ has helped a lot with the technical areas.
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    "I feel like a lot of the Sec+ material is very similar to what I'm reading in the CISSP books." Totally agree with you. I got my Sec+ cert in November which helped with the technical areas AND landed me a job in the cyber security field. Much easier to start studying for the CISSP when you're already in the field along with getting a job in the future at a more senior level.
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    Base on your background, I would suggest the SEC+ path before pursuing the Associate of ISC2. That certification will give you the security foundation needed before preparing for the CISSP. The CISSP is a broad focus...a mile wide and an inch deep. IT requires a lot of dedicated time and money. The easier and more cost effective approach is the SEC+ for the short term. Good luck!
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    Also I would do Sec+ (or SSCP almost the same material as Sec+ but from ISC2), it would also knock off 1 of the 5 year requirement for the CISSP.

    Also if you do the SSCP, all CPE requirement would count to both certs (SSCP and CISSP).
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