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Secure your status as a cyber defender

Now is the time to build security skills, certify, and join the next generation of security professionals in building a safer, cybersecure data environment.

Secure your status as a cyber defender

Now is the time to build security skills, certify, and join the next generation of security professionals in building a safer, cybersecure data environment.

Stand out in a Cybersecurity skills shortage

Today’s cybersecurity skills crisis is critical. For the sixth straight year, cybersecurity continues to be the most in-demand field across all areas of IT. Organizations everywhere are building robust security teams to address increasingly sophisticated cyber threats amid advancing technologies such as cloud infrastructure deployments and evolving business needs, such as the need to provide secure network connectivity for a remote workforce.


Cybersecurity job openings globally by 20251


increase in global cybersecurity workforce required to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets2


job openings in US3


of surveyed leaders report security skills or staffing challenges4

Cisco security training and certifications

More than half of cybersecurity jobs require at least one certification. We have four - not including a Specialist certification earned for every Professional-level Cisco certification exam you pass. View the latest details for each program to learn how you can train and certify in CyberOps or Security.

Be job-ready for key security roles

Whether you are a seasoned network engineer or just starting your IT career, you have a place in cybersecurity. Explore some of the exciting security job roles and titles responsible for identifying risks, protecting organizations, detecting security events, and recovering digital assets.

Check out the following job roles and titles.

Network Security Engineer, Network Administrator, InfoSec Analyst

  • Job title: Associate security engineer, Network security engineer, Information security analyst/engineer
  • Focus: Build for security, implement security policies
  • Typical experience-level: 0 to 5 years
  • Qualifying certifications: CCNA, Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate
  • Reports to: Senior-level security engineers or security architects

Security Operations Team - Security Operations Analyst

  • Job title: Security operations analyst, SOC Analysist Level 1, Security incident responder
  • Focus: Monitor, detect and respond
  • Typical experience-level: 0-3 years
  • Qualifying certifications: Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate
  • Reports to: SOC Analyst Level 2, Senior SecOps Engineer, Security Architect

Senior Security Engineer

  • Job titles: Senior security engineer, Senior network security engineer, Application security engineer, SOC Analysist Level 2
  • Focus: Build and secure the IT infrastructure, update security posture
  • Typical experience-level: 5 - 7+ years
  • Qualifying certifications: CCNP SecurityCisco CyberOps Professional, SAUTO Specialization
  • Reports to: Director of Network Security, Head of InfoSec or CISO

Security Architect / Chief Security Engineer

  • Job titles: Security architect, Senior or Principal security engineer, Principal network engineer with security clearance, Chief security engineer
  • Focus: Architect security posture for the IT environment, Protect data/digital assets
  • Typical experience-level: 7 to 10+ years
  • Qualifying certifications: CCIE Security
  • Reports to: CISO or CIO

Find out why these IT professionals chose Cisco certifications to prove their ability to connect, secure and automate today's most advanced networks.

Download 13 reasons to get certified (PDF - 1.8 MB)

Stand up to cyber threats with vital security skills

Organizations everywhere are building robust security teams to address cyber threats and they need qualified professionals they can trust to lead those teams and build the policies and systems that will protect their data.

Subscribe to Cisco Digital Learning Security

Access cybersecurity and cyber operations training online with Cisco Digital Learning. Your subscription includes product and certification courses for the Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate, Cisco Certified CyberOps Professional, and CCNP Security core and concentration exams.

Get Cisco Security training, when and where you need it

Boost your team’s security skills with Cisco Security training. Our courses include certification training and classes that focus on Cisco products and technologies such as cloud security, Firewall and Duo.

Getting started

Grow your career and succeed in Cybersecurity

Register now to view the CyberOps Associate Essentials series to understand the tactial knowledge and skills required for Security Operations Center (SOC) teams.

CyberOps Prep

Get help on your CyberOps Associate certification self-study plan directly from Cisco.

Certification tools and resources

Now is the time to explore Cisco Security training and certification. Cisco certifications empower you to understand real-world security issues and address them quickly and effectively. Get started on the path to certification success and enjoy your personal and professional journey.


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