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Best Certifications
04-27-2004, 07:38 AM,
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Best Certifications

Certifications

INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAMS.

CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional
SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner
GIAC Global Information Assurance Certification
CSP RSA Certified Security Professional

Symantec SPS - Symantec Product Specialist
STA - Symantec Technology Architect
SCSE - Symantec Certified Security Engineer
SCSP - Symantec Certified Security Practitioner

BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY


CBCP Certified Business Continuity Professional
ABCP Associate Business Continuity Professional
MBCP Master Business Continuity Professional

AUDIT

CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor
CSA Control Self-Assessment
CCSA Certification in Control Self-Assessment
CIA Certified Internal Auditor
CISM Certified Information Security Manager

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPUTING

ACP Associate Computing Professional
CCP Certified Computing Professional

CISCO CCNA/CCNP - Network Installation & Support
CCDA/CCDP - Network Engineering & Design
CCIP - Communications & Services
Cisco Qualified Specialist

Microsoft MCP, MCP + Internet, MCP + Site Building
MCSD
MCSE, MCSE + Internet
MCDBA
MCT



CFE Certified Fraud Examiner
CPP Certified Protection Professional




Certified Information Systems Security Professional

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is a certification for information security professionals. This certification is obtained through the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 for the purpose of recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves as an experienced, knowledgeable, and proficient information security practitioner. The CISSP certificate also provides a means of identifying those persons who subscribe to a rigorous requirement for maintaining their knowledge and proficiency in the information security profession.

Certification is awarded to those individuals who achieve a prescribed level of information security experience, comply with a professional code of ethics, and pass a rigorous examination on the Common Body of Knowledge of information security. In order to maintain currency in the field, each CISSP must be recertified every three years by participation in research or study, attendance at recognized subject-matter training and professional educational programs, presentation or publication of information security papers, contributions to the information security Common Body of Knowledge, and service in professional organizations.


For more information, see the (ISC)2 web site at www.isc2.org.

Seminar and examination schedules are available on the (ISC)2 site.

ISSA endorses the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification provided by (ISC)² as the certification for the Information Security Professional.





Systems Security Certified Practitioner

SSCP Certification was designed to recognize an international standard for practitioners of information security [IS] and understanding of a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). It focuses on practices, roles and responsibilities as defined by experts from major IS industries. Certification can enhance an IS career and provide added credibility.

Seven SSCP information systems security test domains are covered in the examination pertaining to the Common Body of Knowledge

Access Controls
Administration
Audit and Monitoring
Risk, Response and Recovery
Cryptography
Data Communications
Malicious Code/Malware
For further detail regarding SSCP Certification, please refer to the SSCP White Paper posted on this (ISC)2, Inc. web site.

For more information, see the (ISC)2 web site at www.isc2.org.

Seminar and examination schedules are available on the (ISC)2 site.





Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

SANS' GIAC Training and Certification Program is designed to serve the people who are or will be responsible for managing and protecting important information systems and networks. GIAC course specifications were developed through a consensus process that involved more than a hundred members of SANS' faculty and other experienced security practitioners. They combine the opinions, knowledge, and expertise of many of the world's most experienced front-line security and system administrators, intrusion detection analysts, consultants, auditors, and managers.

The GIAC certification program consists of

Information Security KickStart
LevelOne Security Essentials
LevelTwo subject area modules
GIAC training and certification is presented in live training sessions at SANS conferences. Information Security KickStart, LevelOne Security Essentials, and an increasing selection of LevelTwo courses are also offered over the web with both online course books and (in most cases) audio tracks.

For more information visit the SANS Web Site.


Symantec Certifications

Symantec offers four levels of Certification for Security professionals ranging from Product Specialists (SPS) in individual Symantec products through Security Practitioners (SCSP) who demonstrate a broad knowledge of both Symantec Products and vendor neutral Security technologies. Candidates may choose the appropriate path to support their goals. Symantec Training offerings are available to prepare for Certifications , e.g. Security Solutions Education that qualify for CPE credits. For program details visit the Symantec Certification Webb site (www.symantec.com/education/certification).

Symantec Certifications offered

SPS - Symantec Product Specialist - demonstrates knowledge and experience with a specific Symantec product

STA - Symantec Technology Architect - demonstrates knowledge and experience with one on the four vendor neutral security disciplines

SCSE - Symantec Certified Security Engineer - demonstrates knowledge and experience with one of the four vendor neutral security disciplines and the related Symantec products

SCSP - Symantec Certified Security Practitioner - demonstrates knowledge and experience with all four of the vendor neutral security disciplines and all related Symantec products



Business Continuity Professional Certification

DRI International's world-renowned professional certification program (ABCP, CBCP, MBCP) acknowledges an individual's effort to achieve a professional level of competence in the industry. Designed to be rigorous, well controlled, and free of bias, the program is centered on the "Professional Practices for Business Continuity Planners", the international industry standard.

Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)

DRII's CBCP certification is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated their knowledge and experience in the business continuity / disaster recovery industry. The CBCP level is designed for an individual with a minimum of two years of experience as a business continuity/disaster recovery planner.


Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP)

The Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP) or Associate level, is for individuals with at least a specified minimum level of knowledge in business continuity/disaster recovery planning, but who have not yet attained the two years of experience required for CBCP. Individuals can also qualify if they work in positions related to--but not actually in--business continuity/disaster recovery planning.


Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP)

The Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) or Master level, targets an individual with a minimum of five years of experience as a business continuity/disaster recovery planner. In addition, the MBCP must attain a higher score on the CBCP Examination, and either successfully complete a case-study examination or complete a directed research project and paper.

An additional prerequisite for the CBCP and MBCP certification levels is the demonstration of proficiency in a specific number of Subject Areas of the Professional Practices for Business Continuity Planners. For more information, see the Disaster Recovery Institute International at http//www.drii.org.


Information Systems Audit Professional Certification

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

The CISA designation is awarded by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association to those individuals with an interest in information systems auditing, control, and security who have met and continue to meet specific requirements.

To earn and retain the CISA designation, CISAs are required to


Successfully complete the CISA Examination;
Adhere to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association's Code of Professional Ethics;
Submit evidence of a minimum of five (5) years of professional information systems (IS) auditing, control or security work experience. Substitution and waivers of such experience applies; and
Adhere to a continuing education program.
For more information, see the Information Systems Audit and Control Association site at http//www.isaca.org.



Control Self-Assessment (CSA)

CSA Qualification is offered by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Candidates must complete 54 CPD hours in the following manner 18 CPD hours for Introduction to Control Self-Assessment; 18 CPD hours for either Value-Added Business Controls The Right Way to Manage Risk or Evaluating Internal Controls A COSO-Based Approach; and 18 CPD hours for either Assessing Risk A Better Way to Audit or CSA Facilitation Techniques for Auditors. For more information, see the IIA web site at http//www.theiia.org.


Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA)

The Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) is The Institute of Internal Auditor’s first specialty certification and second certification to be offered by the Board of Regents in the history of the Institute of Internal Auditors. The new CCSA certification program will identify the skill sets needed by successful CSA practitioners, measure proficiency in CSA, and provide guidance for CSA initiatives.

To receive the CCSA designation, professionals must satisfy educational and professional work experience requirements and successfully complete an exam designed to test an individual's proficiency in control self-assessment.

The first CCSA exam will be offered in early 1999. This will be a computer-based exam offered on demand at numerous facilities around the United States and Canada. For more information, see the IIA web site at http//www.theiia.org.



Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) also offers Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification which requires candidates to master their ability to identify risks, examine alternative remedies, and prescribe the best initiatives to control these risks. CIAs master auditing standards and practices as well as management principles and controls, information technology, and emerging strategies to improve business and government. CIAs learn the best ways to manage business. The CIA exam tests a candidate's knowledge and ability regarding the current practice of internal auditing. It enables candidates and prospective managers to adapt to professional changes and challenges by


Addressing nearly all management skills.
Focusing on the principles of management control.
Measuring a candidate's understanding of risk management and internal controls.
For more information, see the IIA web site at http//www.theiia.org.



Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

The CISM designation is awarded by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. That is a new certification and is specifically geared toward experienced information security professionals. CISM is business-oriented and focused on information risk management while addressing management, design and technical security issues at the conceptual level. It is for the individual who must maintain a view of the "big picture" by managing, designing, overseeing and assessing an enterprise's information security.

To earn and retain the CISM designation, CISMs are required to

Successfully complete the CISM Examination;
Adhere to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association's Code of Professional Ethics;
Submit verified evidence of a minimum of five (5) years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three (3) years of information security management work experience in three or more the CISM job practice areas.
For more information, see the Information Systems Audit and Control Association site at http//www.isaca.org.


Computing Professionals Certification

Associate Computing Professional (ACP)

The ACP designation was developed to validate an individual's knowledge of the general computing industry and specific programming language skills. The Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals' (ICCP) exams allow candidates to test themselves against the industry's Common Body of Knowledge as established by the Test Councils of the ICCP. Additionally, the ICCP assists in identifying specific strengths within the candidate's area of expertise.


Certified Computing Professional (CCP)

The CCP certification has replaced three designations previously conferred by the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals


CDP - Certificate in Data Processing

CCP - Certified Computer Programmer

CSP - Certified Systems Professional

The CCP designation is conferred upon anyone who


Passes the examinations,
Meets the experience requirement,
Signs a document agreeing to comply with the ICCP Codes of Ethics, Conduct and Good Practice.
For more information on either certification contact the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals at http//www.iccp.org.


CISCO Certifications

Cisco provides three levels of certification for IT professionals with several different tracks to meet individual needs. Use the menus below—or click the graphic at the upper right—to learn more about certification levels and tracks and qualification designations. There are many paths to Cisco certification, but only one requirement—passing one or more exams demonstrating knowledge and skill.

CISCO Certifications


CCNA/CCNP - Network Installation & Support
CCDA/CCDP - Network Engineering & Design
CCIP - Communications & Services
Cisco Qualified Specialist
For more information on CISCO certification programs visit the CISCO Career Certifications Page.




Microsoft Certifications

Microsoft offers a number of platform-specific technical certifications and other technical certification programs.

Technical Certifications

MCP, MCP + Internet, MCP + Site Building
MCSD
MCSE, MCSE + Internet
MCDBA
MCT
For more information on the Microsoft certification programs visit the Microsoft Certification Page.



Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is a professional, international organization with 25,000 members. Since 1988, the Association has been dedicated to educating and certifying qualified individuals (Certified Fraud Examiners) in the highly specialized aspects of fraud detection and prevention. The diverse membership of the Association includes auditors, accountants, fraud investigators, loss prevention specialists, attorneys, educators, criminologists, and other anti-fraud professionals.

The Association is the recognized international source of fraud information, the Association researches and develops fraud-related training programs on a variety of topics while presenting more than 50 national and international seminars per year. Identified as "the premier financial sleuthing organization" by The Wall Street Journal, the Association has also been cited for its efforts against white-collar crime by U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Fortune, ABC-TV's Nightline and 20/20, and CBS News' 60 Minutes.

The Certified Fraud Examiner program is an accrediting process for individuals with the specialized skills to detect, investigate, and deter fraud. Certified Fraud Examiners have the expertise to resolve allegations of fraud from inception to disposition, gather evidence, take statements, write reports, testify to findings, and assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. Before applying to become a CFE, candidates must first become Associate Members of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Further requirements include the equivalent of a bachelors degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, two years of professional experience related directly or indirectly to the detection and deterrence of fraud, and successful completion of the Uniform CFE Examination. Please contact the Association for more information at http//www.cfenet.com.


Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

For years the world has recognized a need for competent professionals who can effectively manage complex security issues that threaten people and the assets of corporations, governments, and public and private institutions. As the emphasis on protecting people, property, and information increases, it has strengthened the demand for professional managers. To meet these needs, the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International administers the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) program. More than 8,000 professionals have earned the designation of CPP. This group of professionals has demonstrated its competency in the areas of security solutions and best-business practices through an intensive qualification and testing program. As a result, these men and women have been awarded the coveted designation of CPP, and are recognized as proven leaders in their profession.

The CPP designation identifies professionals as dedicated to the security profession and recognizes their ability to perform to exemplary standards. Ask a Certified Protection Professional "why?" and they'll tell you that the certification process is one of the single most important steps you can make in career development. What does certification mean to you?


The CPP demonstrates your commitment to the profession.
The CPP establishes professional credentials.
The CPP prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities.
The CPP improves skills and knowledge.
The CPP improves career opportunities and advancement.
The CPP provides for greater earnings potential.
The CPP offers greater professional recognition from peers.
The CPP enhances the profession's image.
The CPP reflects achievement.
For more information on CPP certification, please contact ASIS at http//www.asisonline.org/cpp.html.


I HOPE THIS WOULD HELP LOT OF PEOPLE IN MAKING CARRER CHOICES AND BUILDING IT. I HOPE THIS TIME IT IS BETTER FORMATTED.

PLEASE ANYONE DOING OR HAVING DONE ANY OF THE CERTIFICATION PLEASE SHARE HIS OR HER EXPERIENCES.
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