Security is a major aspect of IT. One of the great ways to take one’s IT security training to the next level is to obtain a CompTIA certification. Here’s part of a great interview that Techopedia recently did with CompTIA’s director of product management, Carol Balkcom.
Techopedia: Many know CompTIA for its A+ certification. Tell us about your other security offerings.
Carol Balkcom: CompTIA Security+ is our first exam devoted entirely to security, and it was originally launched in 2002. All of our exams are “vendor neutral”, meaning that they aren’t tied to any one vendor’s products – and Security+ is no exception.
CompTIA A+ and Network+ also have security components in them, because of course today’s support technicians and network administrators must also be knowledgeable about security. As an aside, all three of these exams (A+, Network+, Security+) are on the U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570 that requires certification for information assurance personnel. As a result, a large number of professionals have taken these certifications over the last few years.
To get back to our security offerings, earlier this year we formally launched the first in CompTIA’s “Mastery” series of exams, our CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP).
Techopedia: Tell us more about Security+. What major subject areas are covered and who is the primary audience?
Carol Balkcom: The primary audience for Security+ is IT professionals with two or more years of hands-on, technical information security experience. There are Security+ certified professionals in all types of organizations, from the U.S. Navy to General Mills to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. As to the subject areas in Security+, the broad knowledge “domains” are network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management, and cryptography.
Techopedia: What about CASP? Can you tell us more about the designation?
Carol Balkcom: For the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), we recommend at least 10 years in IT and five years of hands-on technical security experience. It is intended for the security architect working in a large, multi-location organization. The CASP also looks at the security implications of business decisions, such as the acquisition of one company by another, as an example.
Be sure to check out the rest of interview, which includes Ms. Balkcom’s take on the certification vs. experience question.
- CompTIA Announces New Security Certification (CASP) – Platinum Level Partner CED Solutions Offers Class and Certification Now (prweb.com)
- CASP The Evolution of Technical Security Certifications? (ethicalhacker.net)
Posted on June 27, 2012, in Cybersecurity, IT Support, Network Administration, Security and tagged Carol Balkcom, CASP, CompTIA, CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner, Computer security, Information technology, Network security. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.