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RE: MS in information security
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:21:09 -0800

.... - those who found their college work to be 
meaningless I can only say it's your own fault. I've taught 
at Ivy League universities and community colleges. Both had 
lots to offer but if a student wanted to spend $30,000 a year 
and waste their time or simply log credits and a degree at 
the local CC, both were certainly possible.

  The same can be said of certifications, by the way.  Those who
want to spend a week memorizing stuff, pass a test, forget all 
that material, and add a few letters to their resume may do so.

  I've only bothered to sit the exams for about 70% of the
certifications I've taken courses towards.  The ones I pursue
tend to offer a breakdown of material something like:

    50% - stuff I already know and use, that the certification
          will give me credit for

    25% - stuff I didn't know, but can use, so I fill in gaps
          in my knowledge that practical experience can miss

    25% - stuff I didn't know, and don't need yet, but that
          helps position me for progress down the road

  So getting letters to put on my resume is a side-effect of my
personal continuing education program, and not an end in itself.

David Gillett

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