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Experienced and certified pro looking for an edge

I am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with 11 years of hard-core technically diverse experience in the field of information technology dealing with networking and security. I design, implement and support routers, switches, hubs, servers, in LANs, WANs and e-commerce on the networking side. On the security side, I create and implement security policy, design and implement firewalls, VPN solutions, host-based and...

network-based intrusion detection, Internet content filtering, virus scanning and reporting and RSA Secure ID server. Plus, I have earned and hold certifications such as CISSP, CCNP, CCSE, CNE, MCSE and SCNP. My question is, what training or certification can help me improve my skills and give me an edge in infosec? Please advise me.


I'm not sure you need any further certifications. Given your current credentials and years of experience, the only credentials that might possibly be of interest to you would be the CCP or possibly some of the Cisco security certs. But since you're already quite senior and knowledgeable, you should be able to get more job offers or consulting work than you can handle.

If you're having problems finding a full-time position on your own, any top-notch IT recruiter would be glad to work with somebody like you. If it's consulting work you're after, consider hooking up with a professional practice that specializes in security, or talk to the big consulting firms (EDS, Accenture, Perot Systems, IBM Global Services and so forth).

Good luck with your future efforts.


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This was first published in February 2002

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