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Sixty-three percent of security professionals surveyed for the 2015 (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study reported that earning an information security certification was important for career success. Those who are certified have more industry knowledge and better opportunities for promotion than those who are not. According to Cybersecurity Professional Trends: A SANS Survey, certified security professionals earn an average of 5 percent more than those who are not certified.

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