Hereís a little map to the Information Security Employment Landscape.

Some of the relevant certifications and how many hits there were on Monsterís job board on one particular day.

 

 

 

Monster.com Job Hits 2/14/2004

Estimated number of certified professionals

Security+

 

CompTIA Security+ô Certification
The CompTIA Security+ certification tests for security knowledge mastery of an individual with two years on-the-job networking experience, with emphasis on security. The exam covers industry-wide topics, including communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack and operational and organization security. Security+ is taught at colleges, universities and commercial training centers around the globe. Security+ is an elective or prerequisite to advanced security certifications.

more than 5000

 

MCSA

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

233

25,000

CCSP

The Cisco Certified Security Professional certification indicates advanced knowledge of securing Cisco networks. With a CCSP, a network professional can secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity and reduce costs. The content emphasizes topics such as perimeter security, virtual private networks, intrusion protection as well as how to combine these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution.

19

Cisco Systems does not disclose the break-down.

SCNP


The Security Certified Network Professional program will focus on the two critical areas of security that are the foundational defense of networks: Firewalls and Intrusion Detection. The up-to-date security lessons and the hands-on labs bring the security networking world to the candidates.

3

 

CISSP

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certification was designed to recognize mastery of an international standard for information security and understanding of a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Certification can enhance a professionalís career and provide added IS credibility

442

20,000

GIAC

The SANS Institute founded Global Information Assurance Certification in 1999 in response to the need to validate the skills of security professionals. GIACís purpose is to provide assurance that a certified individual holds the appropriate level of knowledge and skill necessary for a practitioner in key areas of information security. We are pleased to announce that SANSí Security Essentials is now certified and 100% compliant with NSTISSIís 4013 training standards.

69

 

GSEC

 

Security Professionals that want to fill the gaps in their understanding of technical information security; System, Security, and Network Administrators that want to understand the pragmatic applications of the CBK; managers that want to understand information security beyond simple terminology and concepts; anyone new to information security with some background in information systems and networking.

16

 

Check Point

Check Point offers three product-focused security certifications. The Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) is a foundation-level certification for VPN-1/FireWall-1, while the Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE) signals higher-level product expertise. Check Point Certified Security Expert Plus (CCSE Plus) focuses on enterprise integration and troubleshooting.

Checkpoint 252

CCSA 21

CCSE 27

 

Symantec

Symantec offers two certifications. The Symantec Certified Security Engineer (SCSE) signals in-depth knowledge of a specific area of security expertise such as vulnerability management or intrusion detection. The Symantec Certified Security Practitioner (SCSP) requires expertise across a wide range of security disciplines.

Symantec 128

SCSE 0

SCSP 0

 

 

ICSA

TruSecure plans to offer two security certifications, both backed by its ICSA Labs division. The base-level certification, the TruSecure ICSA Certified Security Associate (TICSA), is designed for system or network administrators with security responsibilities alongside other duties and covers security practices. The TruSecure ICSA Certified Security Expert (TICSE), not yet available, requires more in-depth expertise and design knowledge.

1

 

 

General Monster Job Searches all regions

 

 

 

Information Security Analyst

4348

 

 

Information Security Specialist

2121

 

 

Network Security Specialist

786