Information Security Certification Guide

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Information Security Certification Guide

By Dan Morrill

Information Security Certifications are part of the credentialing landscape for an information security professional, and in many ways, those just generally interested in the subject.

Search Security writers Ed Tittel and Kim Lindros have put together the definitive list of the top 50 information security certificates and certification paths for those who are serious about getting their information security certification.

In fact, the sheer number of credentials can make navigating the security certification landscape a dizzying experience. Simply identifying the vast array of offerings can be time consuming and overwhelming -- never mind determining which certification best fits your situation. Source: Search Security

There is always going to be concerns about the money, the time, and the value of a security certificate. The question comes in as to how much you want to have any hope at job security. There is job security in information security by keeping your skills up and adopting life long learning. That is a reality, even if you get canned from one company, having a string of letters after your name can help, as long as it is not too many. If you have a dozen use only the three latest ones on your title, while interesting, if you have a dozen, it looks like all you did was go to school.

The very good part about the Search Security article is that they really do cover the whole certificate landscape in line with what people might want to do. Do you want a generalist or a specialized certificate? One thing they do not do is go into the comparable wage process for each security certificate (you have to make sure there is a payoff for the certificate, if there is no bump in dollars for having it, then it is not worth getting because everyone else has it and the market is diluted).

This is one of those career planning articles that would do folks looking to start out, or those seasons veterans looking for something new, to plan and plot out their information security careers. The key here is to keep on learning, keep on being challenged, and keep on building your marketability always.


About the Author:
Dan Morrill has been in the information security field for 18 years, both civilian and military, and is currently working on his Doctor of Management. Dan shares his insights on the important security issues of today through his blog, Managing Intellectual Property & IT Security, and is an active participant in the ITtoolbox blogging community.

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