"Interest in IT security certifications is booming, as more U.S.
companies tighten up the protection surrounding their critical
network infrastructure and as a growing number of employees view
security expertise as recession proof.
"Three of the top 10 IT certifications in terms of demand among
U.S. employers are security related, according to Foote Partners, a
consultancy that tracks IT employment trends. These include the Red
Hat Certified Security Specialist – which ranks as No.2 on
the Foote Partners list – as well as the CompTIA Security+
(No.3) and the GIAC Security Essentials Certificate (No.6).
""Throughout the whole recession, security [expertise] has done
nothing but keep going up in value," says David Foote, CEO of Foote
Partners. "Companies are realizing that there's no such thing as
perimeter security. A lot of breaches are internal. It's a question
of not just how do you prevent intrusions, but it's a question of
how do you protect data.""