Certifications – P0wning the Necessary Evil with TrainACE

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:

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!

9 comments for “Certifications – P0wning the Necessary Evil with TrainACE

  1. February 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

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  4. Km
    February 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Wondering if anyone has thoughts on the CEH code of conduct. It appears as though one would not be able associate with blackhats, which would make conferences out of the question. It would be a half decent code if it wasn’t for that and the Internet forum clause.

  5. February 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Km: I’m not familiar with the CEH code of conduct. I searched around but nothing popped up. Could you copy/paste the relevant sections here. I find what you mentioned very disturbing.

  6. February 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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  7. Km
    March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm


    Malicious Activities:
    Not associate with malicious hackers nor engage in any malicious activities.

    Not partake in any black hat activity or be associated with any black hat community that serves to endanger networks.

    Underground Communities:
    Not be part of any underground hacking community for purposes of preaching and expanding black hat activities.

    Sounds waaaaaay too broad, although I think I see what their intentions were. I’m not out to do anything illegal, but I could never in good faith take such a restrictive oath

  8. March 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Km: So does that mean if we pay the big bucks to attend the BlackHat conference, we can’t get one of their certifications? 😉

  9. KM
    March 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Guess so 😛 I know people who have the CEH and it’s the “but nobody really goes by that thing” sort of situation (in relation to the code of ethics). I’d just personally have a code that I could take seriously rather than one that people necessarily have to disregard in order to [legally] participate and become knowledgabe within the community

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