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Deciding between security or Linux certifications

I have done my MCSE (Win2k) and now I am preparing for CCNA. I haven't joined any coaching for this. I am currently using the Techmedia book for reference.

After my CCNA, I have two options: A Security certification like Checkpoint or a Linux certification. Please guide me where should go by considering the latest demand.

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Security topics are definitely the hottest thing going in certification right now, but you should let the needs of your particular job market guide your choices, if you don't have a particularly strong preference either way.

If you do decide to go the security route, I'd recommend starting off with the CompTIA Security+ cert to cover the general background, before tackling a vendor-specific cert like CheckPoint, Cisco, or whatever.

Good luck in your future cert activities!

This was first published in January 2003

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