Many people in infosec have no related certifications or degrees. I
certainly didn't have any certifications for the first decade+ of my infosec career.
Fortunately my clients never asked and I had all the
interesting work I could handle at great rates.
But certifications have become more important . . .
The right InfoSec cert CAN help
Certifications help you stand out from the crowd.
Sometimes they are required just to be considered for a
Someday they may be required just like in other professions.
Clearly security certifications are not required for success today.
Some of the smartest and most successful people have no certifications
or degrees, and there is no shortage of certified idiots and
incompetents, but . . .
I've never prepared for an infosec cert and not learned some
really cool and useful stuff,
and most people who hold Information Security certifications have
learned valuable information and gained useful skills too.
Yeah, so I've learned some worthless drivel as well - nothing is perfect, and that certainly includes
I'll admit to holding over three information security
certifications now, including the CISSP and GSEC, although I don't list
a litany of alphabet soup initials after my name.
Does it matter if Einstein was certified? It might today!
Ted Demopoulos, NIN (No Initials Needed, or CISSP, GIAC GSEC,
Security+ etc. if you prefer)
Yes, I have a Security Certification or two or more . . .