A harvest of security certifications

Wednesday, 8 October 2003, 8:03 PM EST

To say that there are a lot of certifications available in security is like saying there is a lot of water available in the ocean. Vendors who offer other certifications — such as CIW and CompTIA — have entries in this field alongside organizations such as (ISC)2 that specialize only in the security area.

For this article, I originally intended to compare and contrast every security certification available. To my consternation, however, the more I looked, the more certifications kept appearing in the quagmire. I finally realized that those certifications specific to only one product or concept were of less value to readers than those that looked at security from a broader scale. At peace with the fact that one or two lesser-known entities might not be included, I created the alphabetic list (in vendor order) that follows.

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