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Published: 20 Oct 2012

A little more than a year ago, I wrote a Perspectives column about the role of ethics in information security certifications offered by ISACA, GIAC, (ISC)2 and ASIS. My main point was that the ethics requirements in these certification programs were in place purely as a mechanism for protecting the certification's reputation and not out of any actual concerns about the daily behavior of its constituency. The essence of this argument was that none of the certification organizations train their members about ethical issues or even bother to have certification holders review a code of ethics and reaffirm their adherence to the code. Additionally, I took issue with the fact that the various organizations have different systems for handing ethics violations with different levels of transparency. My column last summer prompted several interesting responses that taught me two things. First, I learned that SANS--which provides training for GIAC certifications--does in fact have a class that specifically covers ethics (MGMT 418). It's good to hear SANS has a class on... Access >>>

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