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September 15, 2008  3:03 PM

DoD Directive 8570 and the OMB Follow-up



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, CISA, CISSP, GISF, GSEC, GSLC, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, SCNA, SCNP, Security, Security+, SSCP

Back in 2005, the US Department of Defense aka DoD, issued Directive 8570 entitled "Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program." In a nutshell, this document states workforce responsibilites and requirements for...

August 13, 2008  3:00 PM

Why Entry-Level Certs Aren’t Enough to Get You a Job



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CISSP, IT careers, IT certification, MCP, SAP consulting certification, Security+, Work background

Pick a popular entry-level IT certification, I don't care which one: MCP (Microsoft single-exam credential, Microsoft Certified Professional), any major CompTIA cert (A+, Network+, Security+,...), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and so forth. For each of these items, and others I don't...


August 6, 2008  3:38 PM

Degree versus Certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Security, Work background

One of the questions I get asked most frequently might best be stated as "Which is better from a career development perspective, a college degree or certification?" Though in some cases, employers may be more inclined to favor a degree over a certification (especially for entry-level positions...


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