Pre-Requisites for Cyber Security Qualifications

When it comes to cyber security, there are a wide range of courses available to both to entry level students and existing IT professionals alike, covering a number of different specialist areas at different levels of technical expertise.

As each course tends to have different pre requisite qualifications, to make things a little easier we have outlined these in brief below.

CCNA Security (Cisco Certified Network Associate Security) Prerequisites:

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CCNP Security (Cisco Certified Network Professional Security) Prerequisites:

  • Valid CCNA Security Certification or any CCIE Certification can act as a prerequisite.

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CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)

  • Proof of 2 years of information security experience as validated through the application process unless the candidate attends official training.
  • In order to be considered for the EC-Council exam without attending training, candidates must first be approved via the eligibility application process.
  • The application can be found here:

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Check (CCSE - Check Point Certified Security Engineering)

  • 6 months to 1 year of experience with Check Point products recommended
  • Basic knowledge of networking
  • Windows Server and/or UNIX skills
  • Internet and TCP/IP experience

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CISA (Certified Information System Auditor)

  • Successful completion of the CISA Examination
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience
  • Adherence to the Code of Professional Ethics
  • Adherence to the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program
  • Compliance with the Information Systems Auditing Standards 

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CISM (Certified Security Information Manager)

  • Successfully Pass the CISM Exam
  • Comply with the Code of Professional Ethics
  • Submit verified evidence of a minimum of five years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience in three or more of the job practice analysis areas

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CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

  • Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the 8 domains of the (ISC)² CISSP Common Body of Knowledge

These 8 domains are defined and weighted as follows:    


1. Security and Risk Management - 16%

2. Asset Security - 10%

3. Security Engineering - 12%

4. Communication and Network Security - 12%

5. Identity and Access Management - 13%

6. Security Assessment and Testing - 11%

7. Security Operations - 16%

8. Software Development Security - 10%

“Candidates may receive a one year experience waiver with a 4-year college degree, or regional equivalent or additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list, thus requiring four years of direct full-time professional security work experience in 2 or more of the 8 domains of the CISSP CBK.”

Associate of (ISC)²

If you do not have the pre requisite experience, an alternative qualification is Associate of (ISC)² which is obtained by successfully passing the CISSP exam. You'll then have 6 years to earn your experience to earn the fully fledged CISSP.


  • Pass the CISSP examination with a scaled score of 700 points or greater.
  • Complete the Endorsement Process

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  • No pre-requisite qualifications
  • While an entry-level certification, successful candidates should possess at least two years of experience working in the area of network security and should consider first obtaining the Network+ certification. 

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  • 5 Years regular frequent experience

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  • No pre-requisites
  • Whether you are new to cyber security or you are an experienced security professional looking to enhance your skills, they can help you or your organisation find the right training. 

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ISO Standards

  • No pre-requisites

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