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By Adrian Davis

Cybersecurity, like many professions, has its own terminology, qualifications and certifications. Individuals working in the field have letters such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH and so on after their name. To an outsider – and especially those in an industry where cybersecurity is not well known – these can be a confusing alphabet soup.

This short article will explain what these letters indicate, how an individual can gain one or more of them and who should consider working towards putting these letters after their name.

Why is cybersecurity certification important in utilities?

Over the last ten years, we have had a significant rise in both the ubiquity and pervasiveness of IT and information; we have seen consequential rises in both the use of IT and information across industries, infrastructure and ICS (SCADA); and we have seen an even more significant rise in the attacks aimed at disrupting IT and infrastructure and information.

Utilities, because of their position within the critical national infrastructure, the information they hold (which typically includes customer and financial information) and their own infrastructure, are seen as targets for attack. The adoption of cloud computing, big data analytics and social media have changed both IT and cybersecurity provision across many industries, utilities included.

These changes have pushed cybersecurity up the business agenda and driven a need for cybersecurity professionals within utilities – and raised the profile of certifications as a mechanism for both selecting skilled, knowledgeable individuals and...

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