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Re: [ok] Certifications
From: Scott Renna <srenna () vdbmusic com>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 13:01:47 -0500

I would say to start with lower level certs. I started my career with the CCNA/CCDA because I did not have enough experience yet to move on to CISSP. One option you have is the SSCP but that requires 2 years experience. And I didn't think you were questioning my knowledge at all, so no worries.

You may have to take a crappy job doing something besides security for a while and just work on learning security on your own free time. that's what i did and the second i was able to take the cissp, i signed up. it's a big doorway into a good job but you do have to work for a few years to reach that goal. I don't believe there are any requirements for experience for SANS certs, but i could be wrong on that.

your comment about those with 4 years security and a boot camp was comical. in my current situation, individuals had been placed into security roles and knew jack. so they sent them to "boot camp." now they are experts.

the cissp exam is not easy by any means(mostly because of poor wording on questions and the broad range it covers) but it does not make anyone, in my eyes, a "Security Professional."

Scotty Renna

Anders Langworthy wrote:
Scott Renna wrote:

I would agree with these statements as well. I'm carrying 2 GIACs(GCIA and GCIH) as well as CISSP. I feel that the CISSP is a very broad general overview of the concepts of security; however, there are far too many unqualified people attending boot camps and passing the examination.

I'm not questioning your knowledge, but since I've been looking into certifications to help me find a job, I did some research on this recently.

I understand the concept of a boot camp with regard to something like the Security+, where the only requirement is passing the examination. I'll be taking this exam soon, and from what I've looked at so far, an intelligent person with little security experience could probably pass this exam with only a few weeks of memorization.

The CISSP, otoh, supposedly requires 4 years of professional full-time security work (3 years with a college degree, or 2 years with a BS & Masters in Info Security). Going to a boot camp wouldn't take care of this requirement. Shouldn't those with 4 years of professional experience doing security be able to pass the exam without the need for a boot camp anyway (or is that just foolish optimism)? Are the exp. requirements so open to interpretation or embellishment? What gives?


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