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$42 The Information Security Management Handbook by Hal Tipton. (Auerbach Publications, annual series)
No one vendor offers products for all the security needs of large multi-national companies using a variety of legacy platforms. This has created a demand for products built to industry-standards such as PKCS rather than proprietary schemes. This in turn is creating demand for security professionals who can integrate products from different vendors. This means that security professionals today must have a solid understanding of both theoretical industry standards and specific implementations of products from vendors.
More than 9,000 individuals have passed the $250 CPP exam administerd by Prometric. Recertification is required every three years by continuing education or by retaking the exam.
A $50 discount is available to the association's 32,000 members. ASIS (founded in 1955) publishes the Security Management monthly magazine and offers workshops, seminars, conferences, and review exam prep courses.
CompTIA uses a committee of subject matter experts from Software / hardware organizations, training and academia, consulting firms, government, and other affiliated associations.
The IT Governance branch of this group publishes the Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (CoBIT) and the K-Net Knowledge Repository with a wealth of links for members.
The next exam, given just once a year, is on Saturday, 8 June, 2002 (but you must register before 3 April, 2002). There is a $115 discount for members and a $50 discount for early registration. The 9 June 2001 CISA examination attracted nearly 9,000 candidates at dozens of test centers worldwide.
This certificate is obtained with a CIW, plus proof of 2 years' experience This certification requires continuing education, membership in the association, and a separate $75 application fee.
CIW Security Analyst
Prosoft created their courseware based on their own CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) certification, for $145 each test, of "Master" level Administrators, Designers, Enterprise Developers, and (starting June 2001) Web Site Managers with 5 years of experience.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
This exam is offered one day each month at the
USC Center for Information Assurance Studies in Los Angeles, California
and at ISC
Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSCE)
GIAC Security Engineer (GSE)
The five LevelTwo subject areas and related certifications and exams are (with links to practicals):
The Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP) certification is for those who already have an Network+, MCSE, CNE, CCNP, or CCIE. This requires two $150 exams:
The Security Certified Network Architect (SCNA) certification is open to SCNPs and require two $180 exams:
Recertification is required every two years.
This 90 minute 70 multiple-choice Prometric exam has been available since 2002 and costs $US295.
Recertification requires 48 hours of education every two years.
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