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Jan 16 2013   7:44PM GMT

Cisco Certs Join Ranks of Those with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

This morning,  Cisco Systems announced that four of its certification credentials have attained ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation, under the ANSI Personnel certification program. The 17024 standard ensures that certification programs meet a variety of best practices and transparency requirements for their content and coverage, and that these programs decouple training from certification (so that self-study is an option for earning any and all of these credentials), along with their various requirements for education, total years of work experience, and direct work-related tasks and duties performed as may sometimes be the case. The following Cisco certifications have earned this accreditation as of today:

  • CCNA Routing & Switching
  • CCNP Routing & Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNP Security

What makes this a big deal is that as the ANSI Benefits of Accreditation page states: “ANSI accreditation is generally recognized as the highest standard in personnel certification accreditation.” ANSI’s involvement in this process, in fact, “…is important to facilitate government recognition” as that same page goes on to state further, because ANSI adheres rigorously the ISO/IEC 17011 Conformity Assessment standards, and because the organization “…has a historical track record of successfully coordinating accreditation of certification programs” from a variety of sponsoring organizations that include professional societies and institutes, large multinational corporations (like Cisco), and government agencies. Furthermore, the following US government agencies (along with numerous organizations from several of the 50 states and dozen-plus territories in the US) rely on “…ANSI accreditation for verification of quality of certification programs…” (US Govt Recognition page): FDA, DoD, and OSHA. Of these, the DoD (Department of Defense) is especially important because its FITSP regulations require agencies and contractors to meet specific information security certification requirements, where those credentials all comply with ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation.

That’s why, as you examine this table of IT cert-related organizations that have attained ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation, straight from the Accreditation Services Directory on the ANSI Website, you will see a strong and clear preponderance of information security credentials among these offerings (most of the non-infosec credentials, in fact, are also important to the DoD as well):

ANSI/ISO/IEC Accredited IT Certifications
Sponsor Organization IT Certs
(click for links & full cert names)
ASIS International CPP, PSP, PCI
Cisco Systems CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCNA Security,
CCNP Security
CompTIA A+, CASP, Network+, Security+, Storage+
InfoComm International CTS, CTS-D, CTS-I
EC-Council C|EH

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