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Re: Hacker Stories, Certs, vs Projects - Was Re: Technitium MAC Address Changer v3.1 (FREEWARE)
From: Pete Herzog <lists () isecom org>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 11:39:15 +0200

Hi David,

The CISSP credential is not a networking credential.  It is a general
security credential showing mastery of all aspects of security, not an
in-depth knowledge of one.  A CISSP would be expected to serve in an

I think "mastery" includes capability and not just knowledge thereof. To master something means to be at the top of a craft. It means to know something deeply and to be able to apply that knowledge broadly. I disagree that a CISSP shows a mastery of all things security.

advisory or audit capacity and not in a network engineer capacity.  The

Just broad knowledge of security best practices to apply broadly where one sees them is unhealthy to any organization.

If a CISSP with no experience is applying for a networking job then
shame on them.  If you hire a CISSP for a networking job when they have
no specific networking experience then shame on you.

And yet they do all the time. Many of us know many CISSPs who didn't have the experience, were able to fudge it, and were able to get their certification without having any problem finding another CISSP vouch for them. Talking a solution does not show successful implementation of one.

Credentials can only be looked at to strengthen the credibility of a
person's resume, not to create credibility where this is no experience.

Not true. Certification can provide those lacking experience to show ability and be an asset to an organization in that particular field. So it can show credibility where no experience exists. People already do this now looking to switch job descriptions, need to learn a specific aspect of a job, seek to enhance current ability, or to improve their marketability for new jobs.

Either way if you are going to criticize things in public you should
know what you are talking about or you will just point out to everyone
that you don't know the industry as well as you think.

I agree with that statement however I also think putting on rose-colored glasses does not make the current industry on-goings any rosier for other people who end up being the victims instead of the benefactors of security.

-pete.

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