[ISN] Security qualification makes the grade

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Date: Thu Jun 24 2004 - 04:35:14 PDT

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    By John E. Dunn
    JUNE 23, 2004 
    LONDON -- IT departments looking to hire new staff will be interested
    to learn that one of the world's leading security qualifications, the
    CISSP (certified information systems security professional), has
    become the first in the industry to meet the new ISO/IEC 17024
    The 17204 benchmark was launched last year by the International
    Standards Organization as a way of assessing whether qualifications
    across a range of professions could demonstrate minimum standards.
    Despite its drab name, it's a good example of the way in which
    professional qualifications -- and those affecting IT and security in
    particular -- are increasingly coming under international scrutiny.
    The CISSP security qualification, awarded by the not-for-profit
    industry consortium (ISC)2, is held by 25,000 IT staff globally.
    Passing the test requires taking an six-hour exam that marks
    candidates on their understanding of broad-based security concepts,
    and is only open to professionals with at least four years'
    "Qualifications are important but they're not the be all and end all.  
    But if I interview someone with a CISSP, I know they have a baseline
    of knowledge," said (ISC)2 president John Colley.
    He stressed that it wasn't designed to rival vendor-specific
    qualifications such as Cisco Systems Inc.'s CCNP or Microsoft Corp.'s
    MCSE, but instead to provide a higher-level equivalent that
    demonstrated knowledge of a range of systems.
    Such qualifications would become more important as security moved to
    the center of the IT department and with staff increasingly hired on
    the basis of their proven security knowledge, Colley said.
    The CISSP was unlikely to become a necessity to getting a security
    job, but he suggested it was establishing itself as necessary for
    those members of the IT team tasked with hiring other security staff
    in industries such as banking.
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