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Last updated: Tuesday, 22-Dec-2009 13:00:10 EST
I love learning new techs. I tend to pick up certifications in the areas that interest me the most (security and operating systems/platforms) along with those that pertain to my current work. Certifications provide me with a way to gain new knowledge and to feel a sense of accomplishment after spending hours and hours reading training materials and running through practice labs.
At this point, I've given up counting the number of pages I've read but a good guess would be over 10,000. I really do it for myself because I like it and have fun. The fact that hiring managers and HR people like to see them on my resume is, of course, nice but not my main concern.
Current certifications: (in reverse chronological order)
Linux Professional Institute Certification / Level 2 (LPIC-2) - 12/2005
Linux Professional Institute Certification / Level 1 (LPIC-1) - 10/2005
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security for Windows Server 2003 (MCSE:S) - 8/2005
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer for Windows Server 2003 (MCSE) - 8/2005
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security for Windows Server 2003 (MCSA:S) - 8/2005
IBM Certified Solution Developer - XML and Related Technologies - 6/2005
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator for Windows Server 2003 (MCSA) - 6/2005
(ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) - 3/2005 (renewed through 2011 -- but I'm letting it lapse)
CompTIA Certified Security Professional (Security+) - 10/2004
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer for .Net (MCSD) - 9/2004
Microsoft Certified Application Developer for .Net (MCAD) - 8/2004
None. I'll pick something else soon.
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Microsoft Dev Certs for .Net 2.0
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
GIAC / SANS certs (I find them to be overpriced)
Linux Professional Institute
I'm planning to get LPIC-2 by the end of the year, 2005. I'll start at the beginning (obviously), so I have to take:
The CISSP is a huge test of a wide variety of information security management and related topics [domains]. It is generally very highly regarded in the industry. For this particular test, I've read three books (Sybex CISSP Study Guide, Shon's All-In-One CISSP Certification and (ISC)2's Offical Guide). For the page counters out there, that's about 2,400 pages. I look at it this way: the test is expensive and I want to master the material; now isn't the time to skimp on preparation. I've adhered to a 2 month prep cycle which, in retrospect, was probably too long.
I was interested in the CompTIA Security+ cert, mostly because I received a free voucher.