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Dec 5 2008   4:32PM GMT

Need a guide to infosec certs? Check out this (our) survey!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

One continuing bright spot in the IT specialization/employment world is information security. More and more companies and organizations are devoting personnel to this area, and more and more IT professionals are finding it worthwhile to obtain or demonstrate expertise in information security subjects, tools, and technologies. But with hundreds of options to choose from, what’s a savvy IT person to do when it comes to narrowing her or his selections? Why, consult our survey at, of course!

Every year, my partner in grime, Kim Lindros, and I compile a survey of all the certification programs we can find in the area of information security. It’s called the “ guide to information security certifications” and covers 71 vendor-neutral and 36 vendor-specific credentials. It also includes analyses of these various offerings, and identifies the most popular and/or useful credentials across the various categories used to break the surveys up into manageable chunks.

Putting this survey together each year is a big job, and requires an enormous amount of checking (for existing certs, which come and go with amazing frequency) and surfing (to find new infosec certs, which pop up like mushrooms after the rain). As you look this material over, please e-mail me [mailto:etittel at techtarget dot com] or post here if you can point me at any credentials we’ve somehow managed to miss. There are so many of them, I’m sure we missed at least one or two. We’ll be updating this survey again in Q109 so I hope to hear from you on this score sooner, rather than later.

Thanks a bunch in advance for your help and support with this project. Those pondering infosec certs will also surely find it useful (our lowest reader ranking for any of this survey’s many parts is 4.68 out of 5.00, so I know we must be doing OK).


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