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Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power

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The CISSP certification is also security related, and is probably the most widely known and coveted security-related certification. It is created by the non-profit, vendor-neutral International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 organization. The group was founded in 1988 and released the CISSP in 1994. Many organizations and governments require staff with this certification, making it all the more sought after and valuable. Unlike many other certifications, it requires a minimum of five years of direct, full-time professional security experience that can be proven and must be attested to by an existing (ISC)2 certified professional in at least two of the 10 areas covered by the exam, agreement to a specific code of ethics, and passing an exam. The 10 areas are:

  • Access control
  • Telecommunications and network security
  • Information security governance and risk management
  • Software development security
  • Cryptography
  • Security architecture and design
  • Operations security
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
  • Legal, regulations, investigations and compliance
  • Physical (environmental) security

For information on this certification, please refer to https://www.isc2.org/CISSP/Default.aspx.

IT is a very fast-changing industry - what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years and things that few have heard of may be huge trends in the same timeframe. That having been said, many certifications have a long life span, by which we don't mean that the certification is good for many years before it expires, but rather that the certification has been around and will be around (as best as the future is predictable) for a long time. This does not imply that recertification on new versions and/or continuing education credits are not required to maintain certification, however. Predicting the future is always challenging, not the least a future in IT, but these certifications are good bets.

The top 10 certifications that meet this criterion (in no particular order), identified by Global Knowledge instructor John Hales, include the following. Note that the certifications are broad in terms of topics covered and are not all strictly IT administrator-based.

 

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