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Job forecast for network administrator with Checkpoint certs

I am working as a Network Administrator in GE Capital International Services. I am interested in making a career in Network Security. I have completed certifications like CCSA (Checkpoint Certified Security Administrator), CCSE (Checkpoint Certified Security Engineer), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer). Am I qualifed for a position in Network Security?

Given your certification in Checkpoint subjects, with a CCNA and MCSE, you should be reasonably employable as a security professional. But because your most valuable credentials (CCSA and CCSE) are also your most focused security credentials as well, you'll probably want to mount a systematic effort to find work at some Checkpoint customer location (if not with Checkpoint itself).

To that end, I'd suggest investigating pointers to job resources through the Checkpoint certification Web pages (if any) and featuring Checkpoint and CCSA or CCSE prominently in any job searches (whether online or offline) you might make.

You've got a reasonably complete and interesting collection of credentials. If you can make a case for your security abilities and experience, given the current employment climate, you should be able to find work as a Checkpoint security professional. Good luck!

For more information on this topic, visit these other searchSecurity resources:
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This was last published in February 2002

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