Symantec Restructures Cert Program
Earlier this year, Symantec Corp. restructured its security-oriented certification program. Now, all three of its remaining credentials require candidates to earn third-party certifications and to take one or more Symantec exams as well to qualify. There are four Symantec security solution exams, one for each major product area: firewalls and integrated security appliances, security management, intrusion protection and virus protection and integrated client security.
Here’s a quick rundown on their credentials:
- Symantec Certified Technology Architect (SCTA): One of the Symantec solution exams, plus any one of the following third-party credentials: Security+ (CompTIA), CISSP (ISC2), CPP (ASIS), CISA (ISACA), TICSA (TruSecure), CIW Security Analyst.
- Symantec Certified Security Engineer (SCSE): A pairing of a Symantec solution exam with a GIAC SANS credential, as follows: Firewalls and Integrated Security Appliances with the GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst, Security Management with the GIAC Certified Incident Handler, Intrusion Protection with the GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst, and Virus Protection and Integrated Client Security with the GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator.
- Symantec Certified Security Practitioner (SCSP): Any two Symantec solutions exams, plus either CISSP or one of four GIAC SANS credentials (same as those mentioned for the SCSE).
What’s interesting about this revamped program is its reliance on third-party credentials to cover security fundamentals, terminology and best practices up to a pretty senior level. I think it’s a great combination and a harbinger of things to come for vendor-specific infosec credentials, which need to rely on strong general security knowledge and skills, as well as product-specific knowledge and skills.