Wednesday, 13 September 2017

5 Top Cyber Security Certifications To Get Before 2017 Ends

Top 5 IT Security Certifications

The security industry is ready for another strong year, are you? Demand for permanent cyber security roles has increased by more than 50% since Q4 2015, boosted by explosive growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the introduction of GDPR in 2018.

Luckily there’s still time for you to build knowledge and get certified this year. Aim to achieve one of these top 5 cyber security certifications to boost your career, skills, and salary.

1. EC-Council - Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

In 2016 two-thirds of large UK firms were targeted by cyber criminals and cyber crime costs reached £4.9 trillion. Clearly, it’s now more important than ever to secure your business.

For organisations that don’t invest in cyber security, getting hacked is just a matter of time. However even those that do prepare are sometimes breached using backdoors unknown to their security teams.

Master the same tools and techniques that hackers use to steal data and bankrupt businesses. By learning how to crack your own systems, you’ll be better able to secure your own organisation.

Learn how to think like a cyber criminal; there’s still time to become a Certified Ethical Hacker this year. Get CEH-certified in just 5 days with Firebrand’s award-winning ethical hacking training.

2. EC-Council - CCISO

EC-Council’s CCISO (Chief Information Security Officer) certification is built to recognise the real-world skills experience needed to succeed in high-level security roles.

Firebrand is the exclusive launch partner for the CCISO in England - you’ll get certified in 3 days, that’s 25% faster than traditional training.

3. (ISC)2 - CISSP

Like the CCISO, the CISSP is aimed at the IT security elite and is known as the gold standard cert for managerial and technical security roles. You’ll master the eight CISSP domains and learn how to secure an organisation from the ground up.

To qualify for the CISSP certification you’ll also need five years’ paid work experience in two or more of the CISSP domains. Because of this requirement, the CISSP is squarely aimed at top level information security experts.

Get CISSP certified in only 7 days with Firebrand and sit your CISSP exam during your official course. Firebrand is an authorised (ISC)2 provider and have won the Highest Performing Affiliate of the Year.


The CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) proves your ability to develop and manage an enterprise information security programme, with a focus on risk and incident management.

CISM holders earn an average salary of £65,000 (ITJobsWatch) and it’s a great fit for pros aiming for Security Manager roles. There’s still time to get CISM certified this year: certify in just 4 days with Firebrand and sit your ISACA exam during your course.


Prove your IT auditing and security knowledge at an international level with the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor). Get the knowledge you need to identify vulnerabilities and introduce controls before the new year.

The CISA is ideal for any security professional with auditing responsibilities. Get certified in just 4 days.

EXCLUSIVE: Train CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC with Firebrand and you’ll sit your ISACA exam during your course.

Bonus: How to get Government-funded cyber security training

Upskill your team quickly using accelerated cyber security apprenticeships. Firebrand’s programmes include industry recognised training, like EC-Council’s CEH, and employees of all ages are eligible – not just school leavers.

Programmes align to in-demand IT security job roles, including:

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

PECB UK Reseller of the Year 2017 won by Firebrand Training

Firebrand win PECB Reseller of the year award

Firebrand is proud to have been recognised as the PECB UK Reseller of the Year 2017. The award recognises Firebrand as a training provider that has outperformed its peers and provided excellent customer satisfaction.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

10 tips to pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-741 exam

Microsoft’s 70-741 exam: Networking with Windows Server 2016 is the second of three exams you must pass to achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Ditch the Degree: 6 Unlikely IT Careers That Don’t Require University

You don’t need a university degree to achieve a career in IT. In fact, with the rise of IT apprenticeships, university might not be the best way for you to get a high-powered career in technology.

Whether you received the results you wanted or not, university isn’t the only option. An IT apprenticeship will get you into work with top employers and give you the qualifications you need faster than university.

You might be surprised what careers are available to you with an IT apprenticeship. Here are 6 eye opening IT careers that don’t require a university degree.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The 5 best CCNA books for exam revision in 2017

best ccna books, ccna revision

[Updated: This list of the best CCNA books was updated for 2017]

The CCNA is a challenging certification and a rite of passage for thousands of networking professionals across the globe. Achieve the CCNA certification and you’ll be on track for a rewarding career in networking and a £40,000 salary (ITJobsWatch).

The CCNA certification also qualifies you for advanced Cisco Career Certifications, like the CCNP: Routing and Switching. These certifications will further prove your skills and help you to achieve some of the top roles in networking.

To get the CCNA: Routing and Switching certification, you’ll need to pass two exams:

  • Exam 100-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 v3.0 (ICND1)
  • Exam 200-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 v3.0 (ICND2)

And whether you’re a networking professional or a newbie, revision is essential to pass these exams. To help you pass your CCNA exam first time, we’ve compiled a list of the best CCNA books. Take a look at the top 5 best CCNA books for exam revision.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t need to pay for

TOGAF Resources

Achieving the TOGAF certification proves you’re among the top enterprise architects. Demand is soaring for TOGAF; the average salary for a certified TOGAF professional is £70,000 (according to data from ITJobsWatch).

Before you enter the enterprise architecture elite, you’ll need to pass two tough TOGAF exams – Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation and Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified. These exams are challenging and TOGAF revision is essential.

The Open Group

Luckily, there are ways to prepare for your exam with TOGAF resources that won’t cost you a penny. From exam simulators to eBooks, make the most of these free resources and you’ll be in a better position to pass your TOGAF 9.1 exam first time. Here are the top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t need to pay for.