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Charting Your Path as a Certified Security Professional

Michael Shannon

The need for qualified and certified security professionals is greater than ever before. Organizations are having an extremely difficult time staying ahead of the threat landscape and budgets are increasing for additional mitigation and countermeasures in every sector. This live course will be a condensed survey of the various security-related certification paths, both vendor-independent and proprietary, that one may pursue in the modern landscape.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • What knowledge and experience prerequisites are best for a security career
  • What are the available entry-level security certification options
  • What are the details of the various entry-level certifications
  • What are the most popular proprietary entry-level security certifications
  • What are the best security certification paths once one gains 3-5 years of practical security work experience in various domains

This training course is for you because...

This course is directed at people who have showed interest in IT security certification paths, but they have not yet attained a certification in the industry.


  • Basic understanding of information technology


About your instructor

  • Michael J. Shannon began his IT career when he transitioned from recording studio engineer to network technician for a major telecommunications company in the early 1990’s. He soon began to focus on security and was one of the first 10 people to attain the HIPAA Certified Security Specialist. Throughout his 30 years in IT he has worked as an employee, contractor, and consultant for numerous companies including Platinum Technologies, Fujitsu, IBM, State Farm, MindSharp, Pearson, and Skillsoft among others. Mr. Shannon has authored several books, training manuals, articles, and CBT modules over the years as well. He has attained the CISSP, CCNP Security, Security+, OpenFAIR, and ITIL Intermediate SO and RCV certifications in the security field. He resides in Abilene Texas.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Section 1: Introduction and survey of entry-level certification paths Length (50 minutes)

Break (length: 10 minutes)

Section 2: Survey of popular proprietary entry-level security certifications Length (50 minutes)

Break (length: 10 minutes)

Section 3: Security certification paths after 3-5 years of work experience Length (45 minutes)

Section 4: Questions and answers and wrap-up Length (15 minutes)