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Demand for Security Certification on the Rise

Whether you are an MCSE, site CNE, bronchi CCNP, impotent Network+ professional, or have yet to obtain your first certification, a security certification may be just the thing to boost your career to the next level and make you even more valuable to employers and businesses.

One of the most successful vendor neutral certifications to date is CompTIA's A+ certification, which over 500,000 people have earned to demonstrate competence as a computer service technician.

The widespread adoption of A+ has proven that vendor-neutral certification can fulfill the demand for training and identifying a particular skillset. It's a model that's already being applied to a new area of concern: computer security. The demand by businesses and the government for security certified professionals and architects is fueling a certification area that may soon outperform A+.

This article examines the business and legislative drivers fueling the explosive demand for security professionals and architects. Whether you are an MCSE, CNE, CCNP, Network+ professional, or have yet to obtain your first certification, a security certification may be just the thing to boost your career to the next level and make you even more valuable to employers and businesses.

Why Security is Becoming an Enterprise and Executive Priority

There are three factors that are fueling the drive for businesses to make security an enterprise and an executive priority:

  1. The business transformation to e-business
  2. HIPAA legislation
  3. Protecting the business infrastructure from increasing threats

At the heart of the modern e-security challenge is the desire to invite outside access, while still maintaining strict protection of valuable assets and information. The challenge for businesses is to determine whom they are communicating with, and to be sure that what is being communicated is not compromised in any manner. The problem today is that:

  • Businesses need to establish secure communication between employees, customers, partners
  • Businesses need strong authentication (if password is compromised you have no idea who you are doing business with)

Customers, suppliers and partners increasingly need to access information on back-end enterprise systems. This outside access is a reality, a requirement, as businesses make the transformation to e-business. This requires a secure infrastructure.