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May 14 2010   4:18PM GMT

Federal IT Security Roles Get Their Own Certs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I just got an email the other day from my friend and colleague Clement DuPuis, the guy behind the terrific website and a real information security maven in his own right. He wrote me to let me know that he’s working with the Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI) as an instructor for that organization’s Federal IT Security Professional certifications — now available for the following IT security roles: Manager, Designer, Operator, and Auditor. The name of the program is the Federal IT Security Professional program, or FITSP for short.

In case you didn’t know it, the Feds now have strict and specific requirements that include certification for anyone who works for or with the government in any job that involves IT security. And, of course, it takes no special predictive abilities to understand that the FITSP program is designed to get people trained up on the relevant subject matters to meet those requirements. But what is interesting (and special) to me is that Clement is one heck of an instructor and security guy, which makes attending any classes he teaches more than worthwhile, but also fun and supremely educational. And right now, the first 500 people who sign up to take any of the four FITSP cert exams, all of which normally cost $295 each, can take that exam for free.

If you’ve worked in infosec for or with the goverment for 5 or more years, you can also check into getting grandfathered into some FITSP credential. Visit the home page for more details and information. If you can get into one of the classes that Clement is teaching, it’s definitely worth doing, too.

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