I am looking into security-related certifications and would like your advice. I have currently reviewed the SANS-GIAC and the CISSP certifications. I would appreciate your opinions about these and any information about other security-related certifications.

I currently hold an NT4 MCSE (with TCP/IP and IIS4 exams). Would it be beneficial for me to do the Win2k security exam or get the Win2k MCSE with the security exam?

Thank you for your time.

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On the security front, check out my vendor-neutral and vendor-specific security certification landscape articles at SearchSecurity. This should tell you most of what you need to know:

The SANS-GIAC and CISSP are excellent programs, and are among my top three choices in the field (the other is the TruSecure/ICSA TICSA cert).

On the MCSE front, if you're going after MCSE, the 70-219 is the most frequently taken "Designing Core" exam, because the other two -- 70-220 Security and 70-221 Network Infrastructure -- have the reputation of being more difficult exams. Suit yourself and your interests, though. You'll also need to pass the Win2k core -- 70-210 or 70-270, 70-215, 70-216 and 70-217 to upgrade to the Win2k MCSE credential (your electives will carry over). Good luck!


This was first published in April 2002

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