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Wonder if anyone can offer advice on which cert to pursue next? I obtained my CompTIA Security+ last year and wondering if I should go for the CySA+ or Pentest+ next. I also have my AWS CCP and will be sitting for the Solutions Architect soon as well. Currently not doing security stuff at work but would love to keep my skills going. I was hoping one of these next certs will help me finally break into a security role and love the idea of pentesting but not sure if the CySA+ is more beneficial.

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It depends. You are picking two certs on opposite sides of the fence. CySA+ will land you in the Blue Team side of the house. PenTest+ will land you in the Red Team Side. Assuming you have 0 technical experience and your main objective is to break into the industry, go with CySA+. Learning curve for blue team is not as steep as red teaming, allowing for an easier entry.

If it helps, my degree is in cyber security and I'm working as a sysadmin right now. The plan would be to pursue both certs in the end. However, if I can pursue the second one while actually working in security that would be great.

Do you have any CTF experience? Generally, getting a PenTest role requires your ability to demonstrate your ability to actually PenTest. Its not often that an org will train you from 0 to PenTest. If you have any CTF experience, you could land a role and study for PenTest+ while working.

HTB and TryHackMe are the best ones. TryHackMe is really beginner friendly, so definitely recommend starting with that.

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