Perimeter
3/2/2011
09:38 AM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Security Certifications: Valuable Or Worthless?

New survey asks information security pros whether certifications have shaped their careers

Security certifications are a hotly debated topic: The CISSP is a must-have. The CISSP is worthless. The more capital letters you have after your name, the better. Or not.

Information Security Leaders, an independent security careers website, is now polling security professionals for its InfoSecLeaders Certification Survey to learn what they really think about security certifications. Are they valuable or meaningless to your career? Did they help you get your job or make more money? How did you weigh the SANS GIAC or CISM when evaluating a security professional?

The survey is open to all infosec pros, regardless of certifications held, if any. Among the topics covered in the survey: opinions and motivations for certification, certification as a career investment, certifications and the hiring process, and the value certifications bring versus other skills.

Information Security Leaders' Lee Kushner and Mike Murray plan to announce the results sometime around Black Hat USA and Defcon. Their goal is to capture the attitudes of the security community on certifications. The survey isn't backed by any sponsors -- it's purely indie.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and you can get a copy of the final results emailed to you afterward. To take the survey, go here.

-- Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading Follow Kelly (@kjhiggins) here on Twitter.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading December Tech Digest
Experts weigh in on the pros and cons of end-user security training.
Flash Poll
Title Partner’s Role in Perimeter Security
Title Partner’s Role in Perimeter Security
Considering how prevalent third-party attacks are, we need to ask hard questions about how partners and suppliers are safeguarding systems and data.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-1421
Published: 2014-11-25
mountall 1.54, as used in Ubuntu 14.10, does not properly handle the umask when using the mount utility, which allows local users to bypass intended access restrictions via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-7839
Published: 2014-11-25
DocumentProvider in RESTEasy 2.3.7 and 3.0.9 does not configure the (1) external-general-entities or (2) external-parameter-entities features, which allows remote attackers to conduct XML external entity (XXE) attacks via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-8001
Published: 2014-11-25
Buffer overflow in decode.cpp in Cisco OpenH264 1.2.0 and earlier allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via an encoded media file.

CVE-2014-8002
Published: 2014-11-25
Use-after-free vulnerability in decode_slice.cpp in Cisco OpenH264 1.2.0 and earlier allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via an encoded media file.

CVE-2014-8004
Published: 2014-11-25
Cisco IOS XR allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (LISP process reload) by establishing many LISP TCP sessions, aka Bug ID CSCuq90378.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Now that the holiday season is about to begin both online and in stores, will this be yet another season of nonstop gifting to cybercriminals?