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[Full-disclosure] Re: Hacking Boot camps!: certifications
From: R S (rs2321gmail.com)
Date: Sat Nov 26 2005 - 00:19:44 CST
On 11/26/05, Valdis.Kletnieksvt.edu <Valdis.Kletnieksvt.edu> wrote:
> On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 09:52:13 +0530, R S said:
> > Hint: Compare how much of technical advancement has happened in the
> > security field because of published GIAC papers compared to real
> > technical papers coming out of academia.
> On the other hand, most companies are hiring people who understand how to
> use *current* knowledge to secure things and help the bottom line, not do
> When I take my car in to be serviced, the fact the mechanic has his sheet
> the wall saying he's completed the vendor training on the engine, exhaust,
> air conditioning, and brakes for my make of car tells me something. I
> need Enzo Ferrari fixing my fuel injection.
Yes. You are very right. But you are comparing getting a training from
Cisco on Cisco router to getting a very general certification from
Sans saying you are a security expert.
If you are a qualified mechanic who work on different makes and models
and you are hiring a car mechanic to work for you would you hire
someone who can show they can do any job you throw at them or someone
who just touts that they have a specific certificate from a specific
vendor? As a non-technical car driver I may be impressed by seeing
the certificate from the vendor on the wall.
Again this may not be a good comparison because if you take
automobiles there are enough nuances that are very specific to a make
and model that you need training from the vendor to even know what's
wrong. It should be the same way for security. If there is a cisco
firewall protecting your network it may be nice to know that a person
trained by cisco is setting it up rather than a "security expert" with
a generic sans certification - though that should not be the only
criteria because yor network is just not that cisco router.
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