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
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-6306
Published: 2014-08-22
Unspecified vulnerability on IBM Power 7 Systems 740 before 740.70 01Ax740_121, 760 before 760.40 Ax760_078, and 770 before 770.30 01Ax770_062 allows local users to gain Service Processor privileges via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-0232
Published: 2014-08-22
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in framework/common/webcommon/includes/messages.ftl in Apache OFBiz 11.04.01 before 11.04.05 and 12.04.01 before 12.04.04 allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unspecified vectors, which are not properly handled in a (1)...

CVE-2014-3525
Published: 2014-08-22
Unspecified vulnerability in Apache Traffic Server 4.2.1.1 and 5.x before 5.0.1 has unknown impact and attack vectors, possibly related to health checks.

CVE-2014-3563
Published: 2014-08-22
Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities in Salt (aka SaltStack) before 2014.1.10 allow local users to have an unspecified impact via vectors related to temporary file creation in (1) seed.py, (2) salt-ssh, or (3) salt-cloud.

CVE-2014-3594
Published: 2014-08-22
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the Host Aggregates interface in OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon) before 2013.2.4, 2014.1 before 2014.1.2, and Juno before Juno-3 allows remote administrators to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a new host aggregate name.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Three interviews on critical embedded systems and security, recorded at Black Hat 2014 in Las Vegas.