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Information Security Certifications


Sponsor: CompTIA
Requirements: Single Exam, +-100 Questions
Cost: $225 USD (discounts available online)

The CompTIA Security+ certification tests for security knowledge mastery of an individual with two years on-the-job networking experience, with emphasis on security. The exam covers industry-wide topics, including communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack and operational and organization security. 

CompTIA Security+ is taught at colleges, universities and commercial training centers around the globe. There are approximately 13,000 CompTIA Security+ certified professionals worldwide. CompTIA Security+ is an elective or prerequisite to advanced security certifications. The objectives of CompTIA Security+ were derived through input from industry, government and academia, a job task analysis, a survey of more than 1,100 subject matter experts and a beta exam with responses from subject matter experts around the world.

There is compelling evidence that neither technologies nor policies alone offer effective protection against security threats. Theft and destruction of intellectual property takes place despite the presence of firewalls, encryption and corporate edicts. The industry and governments around the world must have a well-trained workforce to effectively combat hackers, attacks and security threats. CompTIA Security+ is the standard validation for that workforce.

Industry Support for CompTIA Security+

Many corporations recommend or require the CompTIA Security+ certification for their IT employees. Companies such as Sun, McAffee, IBM/Tivoli Software Group, Symantec, Motorola and Olympus Security Group know the value of a CompTIA Security+ certification and recommend or require it of their IT employees. 

CSA - Cisco Security Certification Training

The Cisco Security Agent class is a three-day, lab-intensive course, which develops the knowledge and skills to deploy, configure and administer the Cisco Security Agent product to protect server and workstation hosts. It takes a task-oriented approach, using lecture and hands-on labs to teach the skills.

Course Objectives
After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the Cisco Security Agent (CSA) architecture and how it protects the host system.
  • Install the Cisco Security host agent with a default Agent Kit.
  • Manage the event log and generate reports.
  • Create host groups and build Agent Kits.
  • Define application classes and associate them with the appropriate security policies.
  • Use variables for granular control when creating rules.
  • Configure security policies and rules.
  • Perform data analysis and create policies with the Cisco Security Agent Profiler.

Other Security Certifications

SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner)
Sponsor: ISC 2
Requirements: Single Exam, 125 Questions
Cost: $350 USD

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
Sponsor: ISC 2
Requirements: Single Exam, 250 Questions
Cost: $500 USD

GSEC (General Security Essentials Certification)
Sponsor: SANS
Requirements: Research Paper, Two 100-Question Exams
Cost: $800 USD (Cost of exam without training)

Sponsor: SANS
Requirements: Research Paper, One Or More Exams
Cost: $800 USD (Cost of exam without training)

CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
Sponsor: ISACA
Requirements: Single Exam

GSE (GIAC Security Engineer)
Sponsor: SANS
Requirements: You must currently have five (5) GIAC certs (one of which must be with honors), and then pass the GSE exam.

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