Reasons to Consider Security+ at the Entry-level

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Though there are lots of potential choices for those interested in information security certification at the entry level (See Table 2 at the end of this story), CompTIA’s Security+ seems to be turning up all over the place lately. In fact, with nearly 10,000 attempts at this exam already made, it’s had more takers than any other entry-level infosec exam around.

 

 

 

How do you explain the rising numbers (and perceived value) of Security+? Try the following, if you’re pondering a traipse down the information security certification trail:

 

 

  • The vendor-neutral Security+ exam is backed by large, powerful government, training, and industry players and was developed to meet general industry needs for qualified entry-level infosec professionals.
  • Security+ is required or recommended as a pre-requisite or program element in third-party certifications from companies like IBM (Tivoli), Microsoft (MCSA, MCSE), Symantec Corp. (SCTA), and the Certified Wireless Networking Professional program (CWSP).
  • Security+ boasts strong aftermarket support, including numerous study guides, exam crams, practice tests, courseware, training, and more.
  • The exam is available at Pearson VUE and Thomson Prometric testing centers worldwide (Exam Code SY0-101).

 

In short, Security+ is definitely worth considering, studying for, and taking if you’re looking to explore the fascinating and increasingly important field of information security. By itself, it’s probably not enough to put anyone into an information security job, but it’s an excellent first step into this technical domain.

 

 

Table 2: Entry-Level InfoSec Certifications

 

Acronym

Name

URL

GSEC

GIAC Security Essentials Certification

www.giac.org/subject_certs.php#GSEC

 

SCNP

Security Certified Network Professional

www.securitycertified.net/SCNP_certifications.htm

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