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Qualifications and experience for Security jobs in IT ?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Timewyrm, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Timewyrm

    Timewyrm Bit Poster

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    So, I've just finished watching another Network+ video. This one covered security protocols, and I found it really interesting. What I wanted to know is:

    1. Is network security the only type of security job available in the IT industry ?
    2. It's recommended to have at least 2 years worth of experience before studying/taking the Security+, something which I don't have, so does that mean that the only way to aim for a qualification in Network security, is to have at least 2 years worth of experience ?
     
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  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    No. There are many different types of jobs in the IT industry. This includes specializations in security, messaging, SAN management, etc. There are plenty of jobs out there.




    You can start aiming at become a Network Security Specialist now if you want. It's a matter of getting the experience first. You will have to start at the bottom and work your way. It is like that with anyone who starts out in IT, eventually you will have the experience and knowledge necessary to specialize in your field.

    Certifications are there to help you, the guide lines that are imposed on the certifications are just statistical information gathered through research. Just because it says two years doesn't necessarily mean you have to do it in two years. You can do it in a year if you have the knowledge and experience or in three years and so on. Only you know best when you're ready. The certification company recommends to have X amount of experience only because they know it is going to help the candidate out. I know for me personally experience helped a lot when I was doing the exams.


    Either way what ever you decide just remember that you have to start with the basics and work your way up and you'll know when you're ready to take the certification exam.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. Timewyrm

    Timewyrm Bit Poster

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    Thanks for the advice, it makes a lot of sense.
     
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    You're welcome, glad to help. :biggrin
     
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    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA

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