Certification snapshot -- ICSA
By Ed TittelOn December 18, I wrote a tip entitled "Psst! Hear about the new series of security certifications?"
First, I feel obligated to mention that I'm an invited member of the ICSA Practitioner Security Certifications Oversight Board, the group that collectively sets policy and topics for these exams. It's a volunteer job, and I'm honored to be included with the likes of Fred Avolio (also a SearchSecurity columnist), Marcus Ranum, Tina Darmohray and many other security luminaries. Despite my own involvement with this program, I feel it's worth watching and learning more about.
What I like about the ICSA certification is that it involves considerably more than just passing a test pulled from a bank of test questions, based on a published set of exam objectives. For example, here are some of its other requirements:
Of course, there is a test ($295 as of this writing, with discounts available to students and recent graduates), that one must pass to obtain an ICSA certification. But I like the idea that it occurs in the context of an experience or training requirement, as well as within a published canon of ethics.
The list of technical requirements that an ICSA Certification candidate must master is a little too long to recount here (you'll find it in the first URL in the two that end this tip. Suffice it to say that the ICSA is on a par with other top-of-the-line entry-level security certifications on the market today, including CISSP, SANS introductory classes and so forth.
About the author:
Ed Tittel is a principal at LANWrights Inc., a content development company based in Austin, Texas, and the creator of the Exam Cram series. He has worked on numerous certification titles on Microsoft, Novell, CIW and Sun-related topics, and is working on several security certification books for delivery in 2001. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This was first published in March 2001