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RE: University Degree or CISSP
From: "Craig Wright" <cwright () bdosyd com au>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 10:45:41 +1100


Hands on experience without a good foundation often just perpetuates bad
practice.

Anecdotal evidence is little better than no evidence. All degrees are
not equal. A PhD is a detailed and FOCUSED study of one particular
area/field/subject. It makes you an authority on a very specific topic -
this may have nothing to do with IT or even security.

I have several degrees. I have a CISSP (with additional bits). What
helps is a quality of knowledge of through both breadth and depth.

The CISSP is a very basic - wide range of knowledge that is slightly
more than paper thick. Degree's all vary. A PG (in general) degree shows
research skills and aptitude. An ability (in probability) of applying
ones self.

I have been in the industry 20 years. A degree was not needed once. This
has changed and the IT profession is becoming more professional. A
combination of skills is needed. Risk and business analytics are more
relevant than ever and it is not likely that you will demonstrate these
without a combination of education and experience.

A degree is structured learning (or at least usually is - until later
levels). There are other ways to obtain an education, but these are more
difficult to put on one's CV.

Regards,
Craig
Dr Craig S Wright, DTh MNSA MMIT CISA CISM CISSP ISSMP ISSAP G7799 GCFA
AFAIM

-----Original Message-----
From: ilaiy [mailto:ilaiy.e () gmail com]
Sent: 26 January 2006 5:04
To: Elizabeth Lewis
Cc: Huang, John, GCM; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: University Degree or CISSP

I would say a CISSP is really good to have even though I have a Master,
people are not bothered about the same.

I was not given a job because I did not have a CISSP. It totally depends
on company to company. Some of them think if you have a CISSP you are
good. According to me it really doesnot matter what CERT's you have. It
all boils down to what you know when it comes to security.
Hands on experience is always the best.

./thanks
ilaiy

On 1/24/06, Elizabeth Lewis <e.lewis () infosecurityconsult com> wrote:
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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