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RE: Re: University Degree or CISSP
From: "Elizabeth Lewis" <e.lewis () infosecurityconsult com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 16:18:51 -0500

I have a degree in comp. sci. from Purdue University. *Go Boilermakers!* and
it is extremely valuable to ME, but in the REAL WORLD that I live in, when
employers ask about my education they ask about certs first. They seem to
care little about my bachelor's degree. They tell me "that's great" then in
the same breath they ask about certs and experience. It took me 4 years to
get the Purdue degree. And it is taking me another 4 to prep and get my
CISSP, due to the 4 years of experience requirement. So in short, it is NOT
a crazy discussion. You CAN compare the two, they both take 4 years, and
they both take a lot of dedication to achieve. I know A LOT of people who
have the degree, but would NEVER make it though a CISSP cert. maybe you are
one of them.  A CISSP is nothing to laugh off. . My advise to John Huang.
GET THEM BOTH. You won't regret it.

Elizabeth


-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Kousky [mailto:kkousky () ip3inc com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 12:38 PM
To: 'Huang, John, GCM'; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Re: University Degree or CISSP

This is the craziest conversation I ever heard of - there is NO comparison
between a REAL degree and CISSP. CISSP is great, valuable and vital but it
isn't in any way comparable. 

Simply put, if you don't have a degree - get one and get the best one you
can.

-----Original Message-----
From: Huang, John, GCM [mailto:John.Huang () rbsgc com] 
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 1:41 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Re: University Degree or CISSP

Degree or CISSP? It depends on where you are in life. A degree helps you
in the door and advancement into a management position usually require a
college degree. But if you're already in the field and don't have a
college degree, a CISSP cert is easier to obtain in a shorter amount of
time, and provide more immediate benefit since you can put the things
you learn into use.

-----Original Message-----
From: shyaam () gmail com [mailto:shyaam () gmail com] 
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 10:25 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Re: University Degree or CISSP

Yes,
Very true. Nothing counts equivalent to experience, but experience comes
only when someone starts somewhere. I have seen one big thing happening
around. People in the industries shifted from technology to business,
that is the point when they lost the security and created more loopholes
in their own products as they reduced the time needed, reduced budgets
and spent more on advertisements and marketing. 
How does that reflect on people. They need people already with
experience. But how is that possible. Everybody needs to start
somewhere. So experience does count, but I would say some foundation,
some added qualification and some experience is good for a cool job. For
a startup job, some degree and some cert is essential.

PS: This is my opinion, I am not pointing out any company or any private
organization.

-S-

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education and the case study affords you unmatched consulting experience. 
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customizations including Emergency Management, Business Continuity Planning,

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education and the case study affords you unmatched consulting experience. 
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customizations including Emergency Management, Business Continuity Planning, 
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