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RE: Entry Level Certifications
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 13:25:59 -0800

  I think Security+ may be what you want.  I don't think it has
the experience requirement (nor the cachet...) of the CISSP, but
it does indicate coverage of basic concepts and some commitment 
to security as a career path.
  It's also a component of the Microsoft security certification,
which might help open some doors to get you those next few years
of experience.

David Gillett


-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Bowles [mailto:bowles.matt () gmail com] 
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 1:31 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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