Coming up to speed on security certs
I have installed Check Point Firewall from the hip, (no training) and is working fine. I
would like to know where a person can get more information without having to attend all
the classes and learn about other firewalls and get the certification needed in the
It's going to be tough to get up to speed on detailed firewall/security issues --
especially vendor-specific information -- without attending any classes. As you've no
doubt observed, many outfits offer certification training as an added inducement to fill
seats in classrooms.
OTOH, there are plenty of vendor-neutral certifications that don't necessarily require
classes--but most people with the budget to cover their cost swear by the value they add
to a quality educational experience--that you can pursue instead of CheckPoint and other
vendor focused security credentials. If you visit www.searchsecurity.com and search on
"certification landscape" you should find a tip I wrote for them in December, 2000, that
reviews over 20 vendor-neutral security certs.
Many of these can be challenged or tested without taking classes, as long as you work
your way through objectives, recommended reading lists, and so forth. Feel free to follow
up with questions about specific security certs that interest you. Also, check out the
transcript of the live event I hosted on searchSecurity.com on this very topic.
This was first published in October 2001