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Christopher Steel, CISSP - Any thoughts on the value of this certification?

 
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This looks like a terrific book. I've got my fingers crossed that I'll win - again. Only this time I'll check the winners notice in time to claim my prize .

I notice that author Christopher Steel is a CISSP. Do you have any thoughts to share on the value of preparing for and attaining this certification? How much weight would you give this qualification when considering a candidate for a job as a security professional? For what sort of position(s) would it be most relevant?

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Bridget, unlike many of the other certifications out there today, the CISSP is still regarded very highly throughout the security industry. If you are looking for a security related job or if you are a consultant looking to get security related contract positions, I would highly recommend it. The CISSP requires a broad range of security knowledge and you have to continuously earn credits through training, seminars, etc. to maintain it. The downside is that the certification in general is very broad. I would not weight the certification too highly when hiring a developer for example. While it is a good indication that a person has studied hard for the exam and performed the pre-requisites, it does not reflect any coding or design experience. If you decide to take the CISSP, I would recommend one of several ceritication study guides as well as an online test,
 
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Thanks for the feedback!
 
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