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Re: [ok] Certifications
From: Anders Langworthy <hades () psilanthropy org>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 11:51:43 -0600

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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