In the business world, knowledge is power. It seems like everywhere you look there is a new certification that can be obtained to show how much you know, especially in the IT sector. While it may seem like the right idea to have a stack of certifications behind you, are they really needed?
The short answer is, yes. When it comes to education, there can never be enough. With the rate at which the IT realm is evolving, failure to keep out could become disastrous.
A recent CSO Online article, features an interview with Jerry Irvine. As CIO of IT consulting firm Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force, Irvine holds more than 20 different IT certifications. Several of them are information security-oriented.
"I'll stop getting certifications when I'm dead," Irvine said. "My opinion is the more certified you are, the more marketable you are. You can prove you know more because you have those certifications. People look at you and say, 'This guy really does know his stuff.' That gives you the opportunity to make more money."
He added that when he is hiring security professionals, one of the first things he looks for on a resume are the certifications. In his words, they show something about the person. It highlights that an applicant understands the issues and is motivated to stay informed.
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