Right on the heals of a spirited debate at RSA in a panel session titled “Information Security Certifications: Do They Still Provide Industry Value?,” we thought we’d add our thoughts as well as let you know of one local training facility that’s helping us out with this sponsored blog post.
Many in the security community despise security certifications as not representing the true expertise of an individual but unfortunately they are a necessary evil … especially if you work in the government sector or are trying to get past HR in a larger company. But please remember certifications are just but one pole in the security career tent. Combined with education, experience, training, and communication, certifications play a crucial part in managing your career.
For the mid-career professional with a several years of security experience, we recommend the CISSP for the best bang for the buck (in terms of raising that paycheck). Plus you get to vote in the upcoming ISC2 Board of Directors elections to help improve the certification even more. And for those just looking to break into the information security field, there’s nothing better than the Security+ and CEH in terms of providing a structured study curriculum to get the basics down flat.
If you are interested in pursuing any of these certifications, TrainACE is one local organization you may want to check out. With locations in Greenbelt, MD as well as Ashburn, VA, TrainACE offers hands-on classes that teach the skills that individuals need to get into the IT industry today. They offer a number of options for training. On campus training is offered at TrainACE locations as well as on-site training for companies and government organizations. Online courses are also available to fit the needs of people’s busy schedules.
Popular courses include:
- CISSP – http://www.trainace.com/courses/cissp/
- CEH (Ethical Hacker) – http://www.trainace.com/courses/ceh/
- CCNA – http://www.trainace.com/courses/ccna/
- PMP – http://www.trainace.com/courses/pmp/
- Security+ – http://www.trainace.com/courses/securityplus/
- MCSA – http://www.trainace.com/courses/mcsa/
- CHFI – http://www.trainace.com/courses/chfi/
For a full list of TrainACE courses, visit: http://www.trainace.com/courses/
For a list of Information Assurance Security / IT Security only, visit: http://www.trainace.com/security/
Contact Information for TrainACE
Toll Free (877) 564-8724
TrainACE Maryland Campus
7833 Walker Drive, Suite 520C
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
Phone: (301) 220-2802
Toll-Free: (877) 564-TRAIN
Fax: (301) 220-3814
TrainACE Virginia Campus
45195 Research Pl, Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: (571) 209-9234
Toll-Free: (877) 774-9234
Fax: (571) 209-9238
Thanks again to TrainACE for helping support the local community! Today’s post pic is from TrainACE.com. See ya!