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Hacker Stories, Certs, vs Projects - Was Re: Technitium MAC Address Changer v3.1 (FREEWARE)
From: "Robert E. Lee" <robert () dyadsecurity com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 03:40:16 -0700

The "practical application" portion of the CISCO CCIE certification is why organizations can trust the CCIE job 
applicant can serve a useful cisco networking function in their organization. Any certification that fails to measure 
the candidates actual ability to perform a useful function in the subject of the certification is useless (ala CEH, 
CISSP, CISA, CISM, which can all be passed with 0 years of experience). To the best of my knowledge about the current 
infosec certs, ISECOM's OPST (www.opst.org) and OPSA (www.opsa.org) come the closest to fulfilling the the practical 
measurement requirement. For what it's worth, we would not consider hiring a candidate who advertised that they have a 
CEH certification. 

If you want to stand out in an interview, perform a useful function that your peers respect you for. Presenting your 
ideas at conferences or contributing to computer security research papers and projects will get you a lot more 
credibility in a job interview than "hacking stories" or "hacker certifications".  There are a lot of projects to 
choose from.  If none of them excite you, start your own. ;)  

Robert

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