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RE: Entry Level Certifications
From: "Jordan.Dallas" <Dallas.Jordan () SunTrust com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 15:29:29 -0500

Matt, 
   The first cert I got geared for security was Security+.  I thought it
was a very good entry level cert.  Plus a lot of the material it covered
was the same as the CISSP.  I think the Sec+ was a bit more technically
oriented than the CISSP, but not by much.  I also got the GSEC from
SANS.  I learned a lot studying for it.  It is very much technically
oriented and covered both unix and windows type material.  I think
either of those would be a good start in security certifications.  If
you're gonna use certifications to "get ahead" or to get jobs, you also
want to look at industry acceptance of the cert and I think SANS has the
lead in this respect.  Hope that helps.  

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Bowles [mailto:bowles.matt () gmail com] 
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 4:31 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Entry Level Certifications

I have a question and was hoping that someone could give me some advice
on
the next step that I should take.  I graduated college about a year and
a
half ago and have been working as a help desk tech for about two years.
During that time, I had taken on many responsibilities that had to do
with
information security.  Such as creating domain accounts, access to
network
resources, antivirus and patch management etc.  I have read through a
lot of
security material such as: 
 
Wiley and Sons, the CISSP Prep Guide
Penetration Testing and Network Defense by Cisco Press
Managing Cisco Network Security Second Edition by Syngress Books
Numerous websites and security focus mailing lists such as this one and
Pen
Testing and Security management
 
The trouble for me right now is since I only have two years of
experience, I
am not eligible to take the CISSP.  It requires a four year degree and
three
years of Information Security experience.  So my main question is, what
would a good certification be that I could take with only two years of
experience?
 
Any suggestions / comments would be greatly appreciated!
 
Matt Bowles


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