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Source: IT Manager's Journal - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security Many years ago, while directing IT operations for a small company on the West Coast, I became aware that our network security was particularly weak. The company was growing at a rapid pace, IT was understaffed, the network was at capacity in a number of ways, and the demands were brutal both in terms of time and technology needs. While I didn't mind the long hours, I did mind that I didn't feel "up to snuff" in terms of selecting technologies that would enable us to expand the network and secure it. I had responsibility for IT and security, but I felt that there were holes in my knowledge. I wanted to fix that. So began my quest to become an information security professional.

Information security professionals may hold a variety of certifications and degrees, but the most popular in recent years is the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), which you earn by passing a rigorous six-hour exam offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. (ISC)2 recommends an official exam guide along with "The Information Security Management Handbook" as a companion study guide. I used a book entitled "The CISSP Prep Guide -- Mastering the Ten Domains of Computer Security." More recently published and seemingly more comprehensive is "CISSP Certification All-in-One Exam Guide," which comes with a CD that includes a simulated exam with practice questions and answers, the book in electronic format, and a cryptography computer-based training demo.

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