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    You think that getting CSA+ might get your resume noticed by employers when applying to security jobs give that the cert name is actually Cyber Security Analyst, even though it might not be well known right now?
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    Nope, most won't have a clue what knowledge the exam actually covers. Which is the main purpose of certifications. To show you know X amount of knowledge. For all they know it could be a stupidly easy cert.
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    It depends. The DoD lives people that have certs. The biggest one you have to have is Sec+. I am working on my CASP, then I will take the CSA, but I already have a job in security and am just testing my knowledge and filling up my resume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stickerbush1970 View Post
    It depends. The DoD lives people that have certs. The biggest one you have to have is Sec+. I am working on my CASP, then I will take the CSA, but I already have a job in security and am just testing my knowledge and filling up my resume.

    Well I'm currently in DC so DoD/Gov't jobs are a lot of what's here.
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    Honestly, the answer is maybe. Since CSA+ is not yet well known, it hasn't (last I looked) been added to DoDD 8570/8140, and the demand on job boards is still low, I wouldn't expect an immediate return on investment. Now, once the three points I made above change, then you will likely see a return but not until then.
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    I wish this cert would get some recognition. I don't know any other certs that teach the Security Analyst position. It also teaches or at least touches on SIEM which I don't know of any other certs that do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fabostrong View Post
    I don't know any other certs that teach the Security Analyst position.
    CCNA Cyber OPS is very similar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizterkewl View Post
    Well I'm currently in DC so DoD/Gov't jobs are a lot of what's here.
    8570 is what you need to focus on. Make sure you max out the levels and then you can start to branch off. Those jobs are required to hold specific certifications so they aren't optional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trojin View Post
    CCNA Cyber OPS is very similar
    Logical Operations has their CyberSec First Responder and EC-Council has their Certified Network Defender, all of which, along with the CCNA Cyber Ops, seem to have similar goals and requirements.
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    As far CSA+, my theory is get it in now and get it out of the way. CASP wasn't well known at first...but now its a different story. I see CSA+ being the nex big cert of Cyber-Analyst. I was an engineer for 4.5 years and I'm studying for it because I see the correlation between that and my other certs, (Net+,Sec+,SSCP)..... The objectives cover alot of latter the three plus a little bit of CASP material.
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    I'm taking the Skillsoft CSA+ trianing. My agency paid for a year of Skillsoft training. I'm about halfway through the course. So far, I haven't seen much that I didn't already learn with Security+ and SSCP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedjames View Post
    I'm taking the Skillsoft CSA+ trianing. My agency paid for a year of Skillsoft training. I'm about halfway through the course. So far, I haven't seen much that I didn't already learn with Security+ and SSCP.
    I took the beta exam in August of last year and my knowledge base is Security+ with studying for SSCP/CASP in a very disorganized fashion. As such, I would say you probably could do take it and pass without too much difficulty.
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    I did use CASP materials to help prep for SSCP. I've been thinking about CSA+. I don't know that having it would really benefit my career. I need to finish eJPT and then earn the CISPP. I'm taking the CSA+ training to fill in the gaps and earn credits to renew the SSCP.

    Quote Originally Posted by stryder144 View Post
    I took the beta exam in August of last year and my knowledge base is Security+ with studying for SSCP/CASP in a very disorganized fashion. As such, I would say you probably could do take it and pass without too much difficulty.
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