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Career advantages of security professional certifications and advanced degrees
This article is part of the Information Security issue of December 2010
Information security professionals have been conditioned to invest in their careers. Whether through traditional methods such as security certification courses or advanced degrees, you have expectations that by achieving these credentials, you will accelerate your career. By investing in yourself, you're on the right track; any investment that helps develop skills, expand knowledge and provide additional education is a good one. However, the expectation that a single common career investment will provide you a competitive advantage over others is unrealistic. The CISSP certification is a prime example of this. When the information security industry was in its formative years, Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSPs), were rare. Holding the CISSP certification provided a much greater advantage over peers who did not. Employers placed a higher value on this designation, and rewarded professionals with advanced compensation and accelerated career paths. Today, the CISSP is much more commonplace and does not ...
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The Data Accountability and Trust Act, if passed into law, would create a national standard for privacy and data protection.
Cybercriminals are taking advantage of poorly deployed security software with customized malware designed to infiltrate systems and steal data without being detected.
The CISO has a key role in reducing the risk of sharing sensitive corporate data with third parties.
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Cloud computing presents a lot of security issues but security professionals need to accept the challenge.
Choose wisely when pursuing industry certifications and advanced degrees to gain the best competitive advantage.
In the 112th Congress, enterprises can expect a heavy focus on Internet privacy issues on Capitol Hill.