Ask the Expert: Where to start on CompTIA certs?

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Dear Ed:

In a recent article you mentioned getting the Big 3CompTIA credentials, A+, Network+ and Security+, for beginners as well as experienced IT people. I’m curious if you would still recommend getting these to someone that has a current CNE and has the A+ credential and has been working in the industry for 8-10 years? I’m trying to figure out my next step and would be interested in hearing what you have to say about this.

Thanks,

Todd H. Salt Lake City, UT

Dear Todd:

For somebody with your background, Network+ is clearly unnecessary because the CNE trumps it pretty effectively. But if you’re interested in information security, Security+ isn’t a bad place to get started walking down that trail. Here again, by itself, Security+ isn’t likely to do you a lot of good, but it will help you start gearing up for something more significant, like perhaps one or more of the SANS GIAC certs (something more advanced than the GSEC, such as the firewall analyst GCFW, the Windows security administrator GCWN, or the Unix security administrator GCUX credentials, though there are plenty more to choose from), or the ISC-squared’s CISSP. Follow the links to learn more about the SANS GIAC certs and the CISSP. Of these credentials, the GIAC certs are more tightly focused on job roles and skills, whereas the CISSP aims more at security professionals who plan and design security policy, and who may or may not be involved in all aspects of its implementation. HTH,

–Ed–

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