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Why You Should Take Security Certification?

by: Ailene B. Misa | 03 Feb, 2010 11:06:18

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Are you an IT graduate or an IT professional? Either of these you might be looking for a certification that might fit you and give you an opportunity to launch in a well paid job. You might be asking yourself of the most in demand IT certification that can be acquired in the market. Let me tell you these, before you ask yourself of the best certification you must identify first what is the hottest issue in the world of computing.

Do you have an idea of what is the hottest issue that we have lately?

Nowadays every computer or network is prone to infection from different virus threats. Everything can be hacked by anyone at anytime. It clearly tells us that security is the hottest issue in computing.

Shall I say every computer or network might be at risk anytime?

The words security is very much heard anywhere most especially in the world of computing. Each should be knowledgeable enough to maintain the high security of its own computer or the entire network. Business organization has high requirements when it comes to security regardless how much it cost them to secure their network. It allows them to have high productivity and become more efficient.

With this in mind, many of the IT graduate or professional most likely are interested in obtaining certification that is connected to security. Imagine the increase in the demands for skilled professional to secure the business network or operation.

What is the most popular security certification?

Have you ever heard of CISSP? CISSP or Certified Information Systems Security Professional refers to a self-governing information security certification. It is administered International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium or (ISC)², a non profit organization.

Mid of 2009, there were almost 64000 members who have CISSP certification from different countries. Last June 2004, it was accredited by ANSI ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2003. It marks the start of industries recognition of its international norm and strict requirements. Also, it was approved as a baseline for the US National Security Agency.

We also have the SSCP or Systems Security Certified Practitioner that was introduced in 2001 by (ISC)². This is considered as intermediate level certification for IT security with atleast one year professional experience in the field of IT security. However the policy was revised last 2003, allowing professionals to take the associate program that permit them to take the exam even without the required 1 year experience. After passing the exam they can now start working to have the required experience. This is also considered as the first step in getting the leading security certification including those of the vendor certification.

You can also opt to take MCSE certification from Microsoft. MCSE or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer is offered in IT professionals who are superior in system-level products. The Network administrators, Network engineers, Systems engineers, Security analysts, Email administrators, Windows system administrators and Microsoft website administrators/webmasters that uses Microsoft products can take this certification. IT professionals who are MCSE certified are on high demand up to these days. But like the other certification, it also requires candidates to have at least one year experience in their field of specialization that is related to what was mentioned before.

We also have SANS (Subject Alternative Name) and CEH/CNDA (Certified Ethical Hacker/ Certified Network Defense Architect) security certification. I believe that there are other security certifications available in the market for you to choose from. If you are a little bit confuse, feel free to browse the internet to know the details.

After saying this, let me ask you this question: What is your priority for taking certification?

You might want to consider the content of this article for your own career. Good luck!

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After saying this, let me ask you this question: What is your priority for taking certification?

answer: experience

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