Getting the right certifications: Advice from Indian CSOs

Having the right certifications, whether Indian or international, can help a security team perform better.

When hiring or auditing a team’s existing skills, a cybersecurity certification diploma such as CISA, CISM or CISSP is often taken as proof of an employee’s fitness for purpose—but it may not tell the whole story. And although those international qualifications dominate the market, certification from local bodies such as the Data Security Council of India may be more relevant in fields such as data privacy, where regulations vary between countries.

That’s why it’s important for CSOs to ensure that their team members have the right certifications for the job, and not waste time and money on irrelevant qualifications.

Pursue the right certification

Aiming to acquire a full deck of qualifications—CISA, CISM, and CISSP—is not the end goal: the key is to identify those most relevant to the job.

Ratan Jyoti, CISO at Ujjivan Finance, explains that certifications like Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)are useful to staff working in different areas.

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