More than 30,000 IT professionals have been certified for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ certification program, and that figure is as of November 2006.
“Given our normal statistics, it’s probably around 33,000 by now,” Carol Balkcom, product manager, said. “That’s as much due to Department of Defense Directive 8570 as anything else.”
Security+ was introduced at the end of September 2001, and in the wake of 9/11, Congress moved to strengthen the protection of the nation’s computer networks. This eventually led to the Department of Defense (DoD) issuing Directive 8570 in August 2004.
“Directive 8570 says that if you work in a DoD job, and your job is primarily information technology, you have to get certified in the area in which you work,” Balkcom said. “There is a table in their directive that includes a number of certifications, and Security+ is one of them.”
Balkcom also said government contractors and employees for defense companies such as Northrop Grumman, EDS and General Dynamics also are being pointed toward Security+ by Directive 8570. But the defense industry isn’t the only one driving the numbers behind Security+.
“Security touches absolutely everything that has to do with information or the Internet at this point,” Balkcom said. “It’s a factor in information, regardless of industry, so companies in the health care industry are having their employees certified.”
Medical transcription service provider MedQuist has sent many of its employees for Security+ certification.
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