Computer and network security is a growing field as a result of the increasing number of security attacks and incidents we read about almost daily in the media. The number of individuals in the field is steadily increasing, but with a wide disparity in the levels of security expertise that these individuals exhibit. Employers needing to hire security professionals are often hard-pressed to determine whether the individual whose resume they are looking at is going to meet their needs. Employers need a way to adequately judge the expertise of the individuals who are applying for a job, and increasingly they are turning to what the information technology field has relied on for years—certifications. As a result, certifications are taking ...

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