Thursday, 24 May 2012

Certifications for VARs and MSPs to tackle cyber security


According to a report by WebWire, professionals and businesses should aim for CompTIA Security+CISSP and CEH to show that they are serious about data security. All three of these certifications show a comprehensive knowledge of cyber security.

SP Home Run Inc. recommends the following three IT security certs for small VARs and MSPs looking for a very rapid credibility boost:

  • CompTIA Security+ covers network security, cryptography, identity management, and compliance. It is a vendor-neutral certification. Although it has no prerequisites, it recommends two years of prior networking experience.
  • (ISC)2 CISSP -  requires at least five years of security experience. CISSP exam covers the 10 areas in the Common Book of Knowledge (CBK).
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking – The CEH cert focuses on web and application protection, preventing the penetration of networks and applications, and finding vulnerabilities in the existing security measures.
"Data security specialists have become pretty important within the past few years" said Joshua Feinberg, Business Development Director of SP Home Run Inc. "Because of the constant security threats that affect small and large businesses, IT security certifications can be a very wise investment for a small VAR or MSP to help them distinguish themselves from the competition"