I am in the network/security field. With so many certifications in the market now, which one is the most valuable/recognized...
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A wise man once told me that the answers to all meaningful questions start with the same two words: "That depends..." In the case of your question, the answer depends on what level of expertise you currently hold and what kinds of career objectives you might have. Since I know nothing about you in these regards, let me make some blanket recommendations instead:
- If you have little or no background or domain knowledge, start out with the BrainBench networking and Internet security topics
- If you have basic skills and a good, but elementary subject background, follow up with the CompTIA Security+.
- IF you are already a full-time practitioner or work at security more than 50% of your time on the job, obtain either a CISSP or one of the mid-Level SANS GIAC certs.
- Once you have five (CISA) or seven or more (CPP) years of on-the-job security experience, pursue the CISA or CPP credentials.
You can get the details on these certs in my latest security cert survey.
Good luck with your certifications.
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