CompTIA Reports that Over 30,000 Have Been Certified for Security+

As of November 2006, more than 30,000 IT professionals have been certified for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ certification program, and that number is only expected to grow in future years. As the importance of data and IT infrastructure security is recognized by more and more companies, the importance of this security certification is expected to increase, and more and more employers are looking to the Security+ certification as proof of a candidate's knowledge and competency in this important area.

The Security+ certificationWas first introduced in late September of 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that devastated New York City and Washington, D.C. and terrorized the rest of the country. As a result of these attacks, Congress moved to strengthen the protection of the country's computer networks, eventually leading to Directive 8570, issued by the Department of Defense in August of 2004.

Directive 8570 requires Department of Defense workers whose primary job function is in information technology to be certified in their area of employment. The directive also includes a table showing a number of certifications employees can attain, one of them being the Security+ credential.

In addition to Department of Defense employees, workers for government contractors such as Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, EDS and others are also looking at the Security+ certification to meet the requirements put in place by Directive 8570.

Of course the defense industry is only one area where the Security+ certification credential is important, and as companies large and small continue to understand the importance of securing their data the need for Security+ certified workers is expected to grow. Security positions within IT continue to grow at a fast pace, and the need for qualified security personnel is expected to continue its current growth pattern.

From defending against sabotage and cyber attack to preventing employees from inadvertently divulging sensitive information, there are many challenges in the world of computer security, and the Security+ certification is designed to give workers a base level of knowledge that they can use to serve their employers and grow in their positions.

The need for security touches every aspect of the business world, from defense contractors to insurance agencies, and the many new rules and regulations governing the protection of data mean that no company can afford to be without a comprehensive program to protect the information with which it comes into contact. The intentional or even accidental divulgence of such sensitive information can subject a company to huge financial and even criminal penalties, and companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of protecting their valuable information assets.

In fact for many companies information is their most important asset, and the protection of that information is increasingly being given great importance in corporate boardrooms. . More and more companies are insisting on hiring only the most competent and experienced professionals in these IT security professionals, the Security+ credential is one of the ways hiring managers make these important decisions. With 30,000 individuals already holding this important certification, and many more on their way to certification, those hiring managers may find it easier than ever before to find the perfect candidates for their IT security career paths.

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