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May 2005

Logoff: Let's not cheapen information security certifications

Cracker Jack certifications hurt us all. I recently received a brochure promoting the Certified in Homeland Security (CHS) program, offered by the Missouri-based American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI). The four-color glossy brochure was impressive, and chock full of patriotic imagery and allusions to 9/11. The mission of the CHS program, it reads, is "to unite and coordinate...the private sector with public and private first responder organizations and agencies as well as the government...to achieve the maximum level of preparedness to anticipate, prevent, and respond to acts of terrorism to protect our nation, communities and families." Admirable goals. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that I immediately qualify for certification. Turns out the CHS is open to just about anyone even remotely related to homeland security: IT pros, military, law enforcement, firefighters, dentists, psychiatrists...even accountants. All I had to do to obtain the entry-level CHS certification was to fill out the ...

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