Certify Twice with SANS GISO and Security+

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This means students who attend training for the GISO certification will
be learning the skills and information they need to pass the
foundation-level Security+ exam as well. The GISO certification is a
beginner-level certification designed for new information security
officers, managers, systems administrators and professionals involved
in writing and implementing policy or making decisions about the use of
information technology. The GISO track provides an overview of
information assurance, risk management and defense in-depth techniques.




SANS recommends that students who pursue the Security+ certification in
addition to the GISO take the Security+ exam first. SANS suggests this
path because the GISO exam is harder and GISO certification also
requires completion of a practical assignment. Security+ certification
could verify a foundation of knowledge for students interested in
pursuing the GISO certification.




Security+, a foundation-level, vendor-neutral certification was
designed with the cooperation of numerous organizations, including the
FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the National Institute of Standards
Technology (NIST) and vendors such as Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, IBM,
Novell, Motorola, VeriSign, Entrust and more. Security+ certification
requires a single exam covering a core body of knowledge in five
domains: general security concepts, communications, infrastructure,
basic cryptography and operational and organizational security.


For more information on the SANS GISO certification, go to
http://www.giac.org. For more on CompTIA’s Security+, see






Certification DOES Make a Difference
Here at Certification Magazine, we often find ourselves inundated with
messages from readers who have questions about certification, requests
for more information or who need assistance tackling career problems.
Just a couple of weeks ago, a reader named Craig wrote the following:




“I just had my year-end performance review and brought up the issue of
being compensated after passing several certifications. My boss (the
owner of the company) flat out told me that certifications would mean
nothing to the company. …To date, I have earned CompTIA A+, Net+,
Microsoft MCSA and Cisco CCNA. I plan on finishing up my MCSE over the
next couple of months.”




Craig needs help explaining to his boss that certification does indeed
make a difference for the company, regardless of how small it is. (He’s
the only IT guy there.) When your performance review comes around,
perhaps this information will help you as well:




*Rewarding certification lowers turnover rates. IT professionals,
like all professionals, are more likely to stay with a company
that rewards their improvement and supports their long-term
career development.


*Certification leads to customer satisfaction. This may be more
important for IT-related companies, but it still holds weight at
smaller, non-IT companies. Certified professionals ensure that
your systems are running properly, improving the quality of your


*Certification demonstrates technical mastery. IT jobs require the
professionals who perform them to have the most up-to-date
knowledge available in order to ensure the most efficient and
effective performance. Certification training gives IT
professionals a more thorough understanding of the available
technology and how it applies to business needs.


*Certification often comes with better access to technical
support. Certified individuals often find out about the latest
technologies in advance of the general public, and they have
better access to technical support. For example, Certified Novell
Engineers (CNEs) get two free online technical support incidents
within the first year of earning their certification and 50
percent off all subsequent online Novell support incidents. Check
Point Certified Professionals have access to Check Point’s online
knowledge base, which can be used to troubleshoot issues
surrounding Check Point’s products.


*Certified professionals are more productive. Certified
professionals have demonstrated the ability to work hard to
achieve a goal, and that work ethic translates to increased
productivity on the job.

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