Certifiably Certified

Friday, 25 October 2002, 9:30 PM EST

A recent issue of SC Magazine, one of the information security industry’s cheerleading trade rags, featured a full-page advertisement with the following emblazoned across the top of the page: “How to increase your salary by 21.39% in 7 days or less.”

At first glance, I thought it was from the same people sending “Get Your Green Card Now” messages to USENET during the 1990s. But to my dismay I saw it was from a firm offering intensive bootcamp-style training to technology professionals to earn their security certifications from ISC2, Cisco, TruSecure, and a suite of other organizations.The advertisement also had the spamorific phrase “Get IT Security Certifications Fast” and cited research reports showing that certified people command higher salaries.

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