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Most sought-after certs for cross-platform admins

What are the most highly sought after or recognized security certifications for cross-platform security administrators? Can you please prioritize them by importance and the length of time required to obtain each certification? Please include estimated importance for each as it pertains to salary value, also.

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Thanks for your recent e-mail. You sound like you'd be most interested in some of the more important and significant vendor-neutral security certs. If you take a look at my overview of the security certification landscape, you'll be able to put what I'm about to tell you into some kind of useful context.

Certification Importance Experience Req'd Time to complete Salvalue
CISSP Highest 3 years work exp 6-12 months $$$$
SANS-GIAC High 2-3 years work exp 4-8 months $$$
ICSA Medium-high 2 years work exp 3-6 months $$
SCCP Medium 1 year work exp 3-6 months $$

Note also that the SANS programs are many and varied and that lots of specializations are possible.

I hope you find this information helpful (you'll find pointers to more info about all of these programs in the aforementioned searchSecurity tip).

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This was first published in January 2002

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