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Michael Jo

Certification Help You Move Into Something New

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Most definitely. Although certification can't completely replace experience, it can effectively serve as a bridge to a new specialty. Suppose you are an experienced intranet or Internet developer and want to get into systems security consulting. Although it might be possible for you to talk your way into a first, entry level security-related position, it would be difficult at best. But if you first complete one of the applicable certification programs, suddenly you will have something exactly on target to add to your resume. Not only that, but there are several programs to choose from, depending on the depth of knowledge you seek and the time and money you are willing to invest.


For example, you could enroll in Learning Tree Internationals System Security Certified Professional program, which promises that by the time you graduate you will able to design and implement an organizations security strategy, expound upon threats from Internet hackers, secure an operating system, implement firewalls, and perform other security tasks. You will have to complete five courses (averaging four days each) and their related exams. Most of the courses are hands-on, so you won't just read about configuring a firewall, you will do it. Other possibilities include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) program overseen by the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC2), the USWeb Certified Internet Security Specialist certification from USWeb, or several designations sponsored by Check Point Software.

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