Road to become a Security Auditor?

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Hi, I am really confused about way to follow to become a Security Auditor... and the opportunities it has in future.. esp. in India? Currently I am working as a Security Consultant but dealing only with Security Related products including Firewalls, NMS, IPS etc and not Standards like BS7799, ISO27001, CoBit etc. Being in Networking since 4 years now I am confused about approaching technical certs in Security like CCIE security for example or go for ISMS certs or CISA.. which could help me to achieve my goal of Security & Network Auditor. As I am unsure about the value of ISMS certs for an individual to land up in Auditing Field along with the career opportunities. Currently I hold CCNA, CeH and perusing CISSP. Any suggestions or tips will be highly appreciated.. as like everyone, even I am concerned about my career and the path to choose. Thanks.

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It sounds like your focus has been on the technical certifications, while valuable may not fully prepare you for an auditing position. You should consider the CISA and/or CISM certifications from ISACA.
CISA certification is well recognized in India for IS Audit. Coupled with CISSP or ITIL or Lead Auditor27001, and training with audit firm will help you a lot.
good luck

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  • BrentSheets
    Hi Ind and welcome to IT Knowledge Exchange. You may wish to visit the Sister CISA CISSP blog by fellow member Arian Eigen Heald. Eigen has a wealth of information about the topic. Thanks.
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  • DiegoDH
    CISA is the IT auditor certification, and the one you'd look into. CISM is focused on "Security management". I'd recommend that before looking for certification (which will require actual "hands-on' experience as IT auditor) you join ISACA as a member, and access the huge ammount of resources it offers. Additionally, try in your current job to do some work as internal auditor, following the ISACA guidelines (and ideally having an experienced auditor as coach). Good luck!
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  • DiegoDH
    Forgot to say, I believe CISSP will complement CISA beautifully. Go after that first, if you've already have experience in Security. That's the path I aim to follow.
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  • Jimy
    Hello - I looked through the various websites. finally, I got the some information relevant to you in HotcoursesUSA http://www.hotcoursesusa.com/ Hope this helps!
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  • iloverevti99
    Hi,
    i am interested to do the course in network and security auditor, and present i am doing ccnp (r&s),and i am planing to do ccna security,but at present i am working with cisco routers in a small organization.so what is the path to reach the goal..and how is the future in network and security audit in india....plz suggest me.

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    Raja.N
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