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Bruce Schneier Point I've long been hostile to certifications--I've met too many bad security professionals with certifications and know many excellent security professionals without certifications. But, I've come to believe that, while certifications aren't perfect, they're a decent way for a security professional to learn some of the things he's going to know, and a potential employer to assess whether a job candidate has the security expertise he's going to need to know. What's changed? Both the job requirements and the certification programs. Anyone can invent a security system that he himself cannot break. I've said this so often that Cory Doctorow has named it "Schneier's Law": When someone hands you a security system and says, "I believe this is secure," the first thing you have to ask is, "Who the hell are you? Show me what you've broken to demonstrate that your assertion of the system's security means something." That kind of expertise can't be found in a certification. It's a combination of an innate feel for security, extensive knowledge of the ... Access >>>
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