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Published: 15 Oct 2012

Three years ago, I sought the SANS GIAC Information Security Officer certification (then known as GISO). I was two-thirds of the way into my practical paper when the demands on my time became too great. I even paid $250 for an extension, but I never could polish off the project. I'm one of those cert seekers the SANS Institute was talking about a few months ago when it announced it was dropping its GIAC practical requirements in favor of exclusively scenario-based testing. The idea is to boost the numbers and visibility of GIAC-credentialed professionals in the IT industry. Even though I never accomplished my GIAC goal, I never stopped seeking certifications. In fact, during that time, there's been increased pressure within the profession to prove job worth by affixing more acronyms to your name. But there's also been an explosion in possibilities. I now feel the pressure to get a certification, but which one? There's always the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), which its sponsoring organization, (ISC)2, has successfully marketed ... Access >>>

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