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Monday, November 16, 2009

So, certification is what's best for your career, huh?

Per Microsoft Learning's director: "We see the trend increasing that individuals are making the decision that what is best for their careers is to be certified"...Completely disagree. Read the news column...Can you see the hidden message?

Here's what's best for your information security career...substance, not certification. Ooh, maybe I should trademark that. ;-)


  1. Marcos Christodonte IINovember 23, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Nice quote, Kevin...sounds like a good trademark. :)

    I completely agree that substance will do much more for your career than certifications. I laughed to myself when I read that article. There were so many hidden messages... "it does provide a foot in the door at many organizations... it appears corporate America has found the way to prove skills through certification... [and] have those skills validated... [to] become indispensable to their employers."

    The indispensable comment was enough for me. How can a certification make someone indispensible? Certification materials barely scrap the surface in most cases and are hardly a measure of one's expertise. Take CISSP for example, we all know that exam is a mile wide and inch deep. How does that make me indispensible? What about GIAC certifications? I love SANS (their training is top-notch and Ed Skoudis is my hero), but their exams are all open book and open notes. I don't want to get started on Microsoft exams...

    People need to take advice from those who have "been there and done that," vice listening to the big companies looking to capitalize on their wallets. They need to learn how to make themselves marketable with not only certifications, but also degrees and experience. Your program will help them with that:


  2. Wow Marcos, thanks a ton for the kind words. I couldn't agree with you more regarding the training/cert companies...anything to make them look good.

    Substance, not style, people...focus on that and you'll do just fine.