The Internet community needs to have security skill certifications that are meaningful. Right now, there are a hodgepodge of organizations that offer certifications in a wide variety of areas. Last year there were at least 150 vendor-neutral information security certifications and 20 vendor-sponsored or vendor-specific security certifications.
The fact is, most of these certifications are for entry level skills or are product specific. Don’t get me wrong – we certainly need credentials that demonstrate that someone is competent for the same reason that we hire licensed plumbers or electricians.
What we’re missing is a uniform EXPERT level credential akin to the MD for physicians. And just like in medicine, there should be specialist security certifications to designate significant knowledge beyond the baseline MD-equivalent.
In the security industry right now, there is no way to tell if you’re getting a real expert or not.
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