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Psst! Hear about the new series of security certifications?

Expert Ed Tittel tells you about some new certifications for 2001

Psst! Hear about the new series of security certifications?
By Ed Tittel

I've been teaching Windows security (first NT, then 2000) classes at Interop ( and the Internet Security Conference ( for the past three years. While on those faculties, I've had the chance to rub shoulders with security experts like Stephen Kent, Marcus Ranum, Phil Cox, Joel Scambray, and many others. One of those others is Fred Avolio, former VP at Trusted Information Systems (now a part of Network Associates), who worked on their Gauntlet firewall architecture. Right now, Fred's working as an independent security consultant, and has tackled some interesting projects as such.

Last September, at Interop in Atlanta, Fred let me in on a new series of certifications that have just been publicly announced this month, and will become available some time next Spring -- perhaps even before April, 2001. These certifications result from the efforts of the former International Computer Security Association (ICSA), now known as TrueSecure Corporation, working in conjunction with content developers at training company Global Knowledge.

The TrueSecure program will offer three levels of certification, all of which still bear the well-recognized ICSA moniker:

* ICSA Certified Security Associate (ICSA)

* ICSA Certified Security Expert (ICSE)

* ICSA Certified Security Professional (ICSP)

These certifications are linked to one another, so that a candidate ICSE must not only pass the exam for that certification, but he or she must also possess a valid ICSA certification; likewise, a would-be ICSP must pass an exam and possess a valid ICSE.

Read more about this new program right away. I plan to devote my next three security certification tips to more detailed coverage of these three individual certifications, so please stay tuned for further details.

About the author:

Ed Tittel is a principal at a content development company based in Austin, Texas, and the creator of the Exam Cram series. He's 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. His e-mail address is:

This was last published in December 2000

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