CompTIA Offers Security+ Beta Exam

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Be One of the First to Earn Security+ Certification


Because of the rising need for information security professionals,
CompTIA is getting its Security+ certification out the door six months
ahead of schedule. Starting today, you can take the beta version of the
test for Security+ certification. Security+ is a vendor-neutral
certification covering foundation-level information security knowledge.
CompTIA is developing the certification is response to the need for
knowledgeable information security professionals.



CompTIA had planned on developing a security certification prior to the
events of Sept. 11, according to Kris Madura, Security+ certification
program manager. “After 9/11, there was obviously a tremendous refocus
in the security world. Where people had been thinking security is a good
idea, now it became a mandate,” she explained.



So in January 2002, CompTIA started forming the Security+ committee. The
certification will address the need for IT professionals who can fill
security-specific roles.



“There is a need to safeguard information,” said Madura. “There’s
definitely a need to make sure that the communication of information is
secure, and although business are expanding exponentially in these
roles, to date they don’t have people dedicated to these roles. As
people started to recognize that information equals money, the need to
develop and train a knowledgeable security workforce arose.”

The beta test for the Security+ certification will be available
worldwide in English from Aug. 26, 2002 until Sept. 30, 2002. Candidates
who pass this exam will earn their Security+ certification. The beta
test is designed for IT professionals who have at least two years of
experience networking and who have knowledge of TCP/IP. CompTIA also
suggests that candidates for Security+ certification should have the
skills and knowledge tested for by the A+ and Network+ certifications. 



The Security+ beta exam includes 125 questions, and candidates have two
hours to finish the exam. Registration begins Aug. 26, and the exam
costs $90. Once the final version of the exam is live, in November or
December 2002, the cost will go up to $200. The five domain areas
covered by the Security+ beta exam include:




  •  General security concepts (30 percent of the exam)
  •  Communications security (20 percent)
  •  Infrastructure security (20 percent)
  •  Basics of cryptography (15 percent)
  •  Operational/organizational security (15 percent)



To find out more about Security+ certification, go to To find out more
about the content of the beta exam, see


IT Hiring News



CIOs are expecting a slowdown in hiring for IT professionals in the
fourth quarter of 2002. The newly released “Robert Half Technology
Hiring Index” reports that 11 percent of CIOs are planning to expand
their IT departments, and 3 percent expect staff cutbacks. Of those
surveyed, 84 percent expect no change at all in hiring activity. The 8
percent increase in IT hiring is down from the third quarter’s forecast,
when CIOs predicted a net 13 percent increase. 



According to Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half
Technology, the companies that are adding IT staff are being more
selective about who they hire, selecting candidates who have the exact
combination of skills and experience required. She suggests that if you
want to get hired, you need to communicate how your contributions can
impact the company’s bottom line.



The “Robert Half Technology Hiring Index” is a national poll that
includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random
sample of U.S. companies with at least 100 employees. The poll was
developed by Robert Half Technology and was conducted by an independent
research firm.



So where are the jobs? If you’re in the Pacific states-Alaska,
California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington-you’re in luck. CIOs in this
region of the United States anticipate the strongest hiring activity in
the fourth quarter. In the Pacific states, 15 percent plan to add
personnel and 2 percent are expecting reductions. And in the East South
Central states-including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee,
16 percent of CIOs plan to add IT pros to their staffs, and 4 percent
are anticipating reductions.



As far as industry is concerned, business services leads all industries
in IT hiring, with 21 percent of executives anticipating an expansion of
their departments and only 1 percent expecting staff reductions. The net
hiring increase in the business services industry is more than twice the
national average. Other industries expecting gains in IT employment
include the finance, insurance and real estate industry, expecting a net
14 percent increase in hiring, and the wholesale industry, where
executives anticipate a net 12 percent increase.



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