Step Back, Still Certified

Last December, I took “SANS MGT525: IT Project Management, Effective Communication and PMP Exam Prep” at the conference in DC.   I generally try to knock certs out while the info is still fresh in mind, within 30 days or so of the class.   Unfortunately, January was pretty busy with my colleague moving on to greener pastures.   Then …

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ECCouncil C|CISO Certification

The ECCouncil announced C|CISO  a new certification for Cheif Information Security Officers (CISO) and those who want to be CISOs. The certification is focused on five domains: Governance (Policy, Legal & Compliance) IS Management Controls and Auditing Management (Projects, Technology & Operations) Management – Projects and Operations Information Security Core Competencies Strategic Planning & Finance As you can tell …

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GSE Multiple Choice Exam

I passed the first part of the GSE today.  The GIAC Security Expert (GSE) consists of  a  multiple choice exam, this is what I passed today, and a two-day lab.  The certification bulletin for the exam portion of the GSE is a bit light.   I’m not sure that page is actually linked anywhere.   It is missing the number …

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Passed the GSEC

I passed the GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification) this morning.   It is a multiple choice format test with 180 questions.  I had been considering taking Security Essentials at SANS CDI in Washington DC.   On the one hand, at this point in my career shouldn’t I be able to pass this certification without the conference.   On the …

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Step Back I’m Certified – GCIA

Today I passed the GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA).  The blog title refers to a Dilbert strip that I keep on the wall with my certifications.   As I recall Certification Man says to Dilbert “Step back from that server, I’m certified!”  In the next panel he says, “funny, that’s all I recall from the certification …

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Social Skills and the Security Professional

Just how important is it for the Security Professional to have social skills? It seems like a broken record. In addition to having degrees, certifications and experience. We are now supposed to glide seamlessly into the board room and converse equally well about business units and legal briefs. Its not enough to be technically competent, …

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