The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

A Guide to Information Security Certifications

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 17, 2006

Many people are confused by the massive number of information security
certifications available today. Some people already have one or more
and are looking to expand, while others are just getting started with
certification and need a place to start. This guide aims to help with
both scenarios.

I'm going to highlight a few of the certification options and offer
a couple of recommended paths for professionals in various stages of
their careers. I'll be rating each credential based on the criteria

  • Difficulty – How hard the test itself is, i.e. study-time needed, difficulty of material, etc.
  • Who – Who should be considering the certification.
  • Respect – Respect rating within the technical infosec-geek community.
  • Renown – How well-know the certification is throughout the industry.
  • Requirements – What's needed to get the cert, e.g. prerequisites, exams, practicals, labs, etc.
  • Cost – What it'll cost you (or your company) to get the credential.
  • Pros – Positive comments about the certification.
  • Cons – Downsides to the certification.
  • Comments – My own input on the credential.

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