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Ten Certifications That Actually Mean Something

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The Global Information Assurance Certification, or GIAC, is considered one of the most prestigious certifications in the IT field, and the GIAC Security Expert (GSE) certification is considered to be one of the hardest security certifications to obtain. This is a two-part exam with a computer-based exam and a two-day, hands-on lab that tests the depth and breadth of your security knowledge. Traditionally, the CISSP certification (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) has been considered to be the premier security certification. Now the GSE looks as though it might overtake this venerable certification.

What gives meaning to a certification? Is it the certification vendor? Is it the subject? Or is it the perceived difficulty, mystique or aura? Or might it be something totally different? There are some certifications and/or vendors that are perceived to be more valuable - think of Cisco's CCIE, which has been perceived as meaning something (value) since its inception. Then there are other certifications that don't have this same perceived value - certifications that are seen as too easy or ones that might be seen as entry-level certifications. Global Knowledge instructor Randy Muller, MCT, MCTS, MCSE, CEH, has identified a list of certifications that do have perceived value and worth.

 

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