The Lazy Genius

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

Certification Top 10 Lists Revisited

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 23, 2006

When a story like this ran in 2003, it prompted more responses and
controversy than we imagined. Although we try to be clear that the
order of appearance in any given list indicates nothing about relative
ranking or merit, that aspect of things provokes comment, as does the
inclusion of some little-known credentials or the omission of
better-known ones.

But given that there are more than 850 certifications and more
than 200 certification programs in today’s IT certification landscape,
we hope to help our readers distinguish good ones from mediocre or bad
ones, winners from losers and up-and-comers from programs in their
declining phase. So remember, you can go out and analyze the
marketplace for yourself and plow through the numerous interest, salary
and popularity surveys to try to figure out this stuff for yourself.
While you’re at it, it’s also important to pay attention to what’s
showing up in classified job ads and online postings to determine where
the real action is.

As in the previous survey, we tried to develop a rough
consensus about what’s hot and where the action appears to be in
today’s highly fragmented IT job market. We can’t dispute that these
lists draw heavily on the author’s knowledge, experience and
observations, thus they must also reflect his preferences (and possibly
even biases.) As in the previous collection of lists, each is labeled
by category, along with a short discussion of what characteristics made
credentials most suited for inclusion.

This is from and is getting a good bit of coverage.  Go and see where your certs fit and plan you next few.  Here's the winners:

Best Hands-On Programs: Certified Professional Information Technology Consultant (CPITC)
Best Supporting Materials: (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Best Specialty Certifications: Brocade Certified SAN Designer (BCSD)
Toughest Recertification Requirements: Cisco Certifications
Best Vendor-Neutral Credentials: Building Industry Consulting Services International (BiCSi)
Most Technically Advanced Programs: (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Best New Programs or Certs: (ISC)2 Associate Program
Best Entry-Level Certifications:
Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)


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