Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Business and Information Systems
Dr. Wayne Pauli
Dr. Richard Hanson
Dr. Alan Stines
Numerous cybersecurity certifications are available both commercially and via institutes of higher learning. Hiring managers, recruiters, and personnel accountable for new hires need to make informed decisions when selecting personnel to fill positions. An incident responder or security analyst's role requires near real-time decision-making, pervasive knowledge of the environments they are protecting, and functional situational awareness. This concurrent mixed methods paper studies whether current commercial certifications offered in the cybersecurity realm, particularly incident response, provide useful indicators for a viable hiring candidate.
Managers and non-managers alike do prefer hiring candidates with an incident response certification. Both groups affirmatively believe commercial cybersecurity certified job candidates with that same certification can update, modify, and improve the incident response process. The reasoning for this belief is focused more on tie-breaking and common parlance within the information security analyst domain and less on the ability to perform the job. A practical component within the certification process is valuable, and networking expertise is the primary interest of those seeking qualified incident responders. The qualitative component highlighted soft-skills, such as communication, enthusiasm, critical thinking, and awareness, as sought-after abilities lacking in certification offerings covered within this study.
Jarocki, Samuel, "Efficacy of Incident Response Certification in the Workforce" (2021). Masters Theses & Doctoral Dissertations. 363.