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Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by yokin on Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:53 am
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In a few months I will apply for the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacking).

I'd like to know your oppinion on this exam in particular, and how is this certification valued, thinking in working as a professional in IT Security-Ethical Hacking.

Also, if there are any other exams - certifications known to be useful to find a job in the IT-Security.

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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by Goatboy on Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:20 am
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From what I've heard, the CEH is a joke. I guess the word "hacker" either turns people off or isn't taken seriously.
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by yokin on Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:37 am
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I know that, in general, the fact someone passed his/her degree, exam, certification... whatever don't make him/her a professional in that term. It's more a matter of attitude, a matter of 'desire to be better, wish to be the best in your job'.
So, I know that every certification doesn't transform you in the best professional.
BUT, there are certifications more valuable than others.

As years before, Cisco's CCNA was a very valued certification in Networking, and CompTIA's don't seem to be very good...

What I want to know... Does anyone here have any of these certifications in security? And, do these certifications help in real world when looking for a job in IT Security?
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by Vulpine on Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:11 pm
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No security specific certs here.


yokin wrote:What I want to know... Does anyone here have any of these certifications in security? And, do these certifications help in real world when looking for a job in IT Security?


Like Goatboy, I've heard nothing too nice about the CEH. Decent study material, maybe, but not something that I would really pursue beyond that. The only security certification that I continue to hear good things about is the CISSP.


yokin wrote:As years before, Cisco's CCNA was a very valued certification in Networking, and CompTIA's don't seem to be very good...


As far as I know, Cisco's CCNA is still widely recognized, and being able to demonstrate an intimate knowledge of networking is a pretty good way to get your foot in the door for security.

Try to get in touch with IT professionals in your area. I'm sure you'll get more information than you may actually want.
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by tremor77 on Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:24 pm
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Like Goatboy, I've heard nothing too nice about the CEH. Decent study material, maybe, but not something that I would really pursue beyond that. The only security certification that I continue to hear good things about is the CISSP.


+1 - CISSP, I've also heard good things.
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by 0xBEEF1337 on Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:09 pm
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by fabianhjr on Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:12 pm
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I don't have any and would like to take the Offensive Security ones. They look really good. :-)
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by Goatboy on Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:28 pm
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fabianhjr wrote:I don't have any and would like to take the Offensive Security ones. They look really good. :-)

Just like the CEH, I'd take the for the knowledge aspect, but not to put on a resume.
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by insomaniacal on Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:35 pm
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The best aid to your resume would be some sort of blog. Keep it professional/semi professional and make decent posts about your projects. It shows your potential employer you do this because you truly enjoy it, rather than being another "brick in the wall".

Listing a million certs doesn't help much. Certifications won't hurt, but certifications can only prove textbook knowledge, an IT or security department usually want to pinpoint people who are clever and excited about their profession first and foremost.
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Re: Value of Certifications in Security / Hacking

Post by 0xBEEF1337 on Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:52 pm
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