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Pathway to CyberSecurity Architect

Hi everyone,

I'm putting all my focus into security. I've been in IT for about 20 years now in various technical positions, going to senior levels in each (desktop, server, network). The only security related certs I have now are CCNA Security and Palo Alto's PCNSE 7. As of now, I've been focusing only on network security. I was studying for CCNP Security but with the goal of cybersecurity architect, I feel I need to put that on the back-burner and expand to other areas. Plus, I don't want to be limited to only network security.

I've been looking at various job CyberSecurity Architect postings and as expected, the requirements are pretty long. Anything from network security, IDS/IPS, IAM, PAM, DLP, MFA, SIEM, public cloud.

The great thing is, it's a lot to learn, and that's what interests me the most. The question is what's the best way to learn some of these things? Do I contact various companies to give me trials of their products?

From the certification side of things, what are the best options for this path? Should I continue with various vendor specific certs or go vendor neutral?

I know I'm going to begin looking at the CySA+ topics, but not sure if I'll sit the exam. I guess it can't hurt. CISSP is always an option, since it's on almost every job posting, but I want the knowledge and skills to perform the job duties. I don't feel CISSP will give me that

FWIW...My training is all self-funded and right now my budget is limited

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