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Government’s Top 10 IT Security Certifications

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April 7, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Bank Info Security

At a time when there is heightened demand for cybersecurity professionals within the U.S. federal government, the value of IT security certifications ranks high as a criterion for hire.

IT security certifications in areas such as network security and cyber defense support professionals in getting a job, according to a joint study of more than 1,600 security-cleared technology professionals by Clearancejobs.com and Dice.com, the IT job site.

 

 

Dice.com has determined a list of its top 10 IT security certifications held by government technology professionals with security clearance.

Of the survey respondents, 38 percent of security-cleared professionals indicate that certification not only made them a contender, it helped them earn a new position.

What’s interesting is that security certifications have transformed from ‘nice- to- have’ to being mandatory for positions within government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and all defense contractors, which require IT security professionals today to be certified in order to have privileged access to federal computer networks. This condition, in part, pushes the need for certified professionals in this space.

Dice.com has determined a list of its top 10 IT security certifications held by government technology professionals with security clearance.

“Combinations of both defensive and offensive skills related to network security are in demand,” says Evan Lesser, director of ClearanceJobs.com. “This trend will continue with increased focus on cybersecurity offense attacker roles and areas like ethical hacking, reverse engineering and malicious code analysis.”

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