How long does it take to get up to speed on security?
How long does it take to get up to speed on security? What kind of experience criteria is typical for certifications?
Most IT professionals already have a casual knowledge of
topics, absorbed through osmosis and brute experience. Most IT
professionals can learn enough to do them some good in three-to-six months.
Entry-level security certs typically require one-to-two years of "relevant
experience" (which is arguably conferred by installing and updating
antivirus software). Mid- to senior-level credentials tend to be more
stringent, requiring three-to-seven years of demonstrable, relevant experience (if
not more, in some cases).
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This was first published in September 2002