3 Certifications IT Professionals Can’t Afford to Ignore

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn’t have a direct salary stat for CISSPs, there are plenty of salary statistics and surveys conducted by reputable sources like Payscale.com that indicate there is lucrative salary potential and secure employment options.


Information Assurance Certification

Whether you are a professional working in a civilian or government job, or working for the military, in an IT-security related role, an information assurance certification (IAC) is the second certification you should consider earning. Although some professionals may look at this type of certification as being similar to the CISSP, it is a separate entity and can be earned in addition to the CISSP.



One responsibility of a CISSP focuses on creating best practices and overseeing their being carried out to avoid data breaches, while an information assurance professional is proactively working to maintain the integrity of a network and is also watching specifically for attacks. Here is something else to think about – the demand for certified professionals who can handle security threats on multiple fronts is in higher demand than ever. And this demand should only continue to grow.


In 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported a disturbing fact provided by a top-Pentagon information security official, Robert Lentz. Mr. Lentz was reported saying, “The Defense Department detected 360 million attempts to penetrate its networks last year, up from six million in 2006.”


If you do the math jumping from 2006 to 2009, to 2012, the growth is intense. This is just one of many examples that steer organizations to be in favor of hiring and paying well for qualified certified information assurance professionals.


Six Sigma for IT

Although Six Sigma started out as a set of best practices to help Motorola recognize problems and streamline their processes, a culture was created around the theory that became enticing to a wide variety of organizations; even those not involved in manufacturing. Today, many fortune 500 companies have implemented Six Sigma across their entire organization and are actively recruiting qualified professionals and are willing to pay decent salaries to retain their talent.


Throughout the years, the Six Sigma culture has evolved and grown to include more segments of industry such as healthcare, finance, and information technology. IT professionals who have received IT-tailored <a href=”http://www.villanovau.com/six-sigma-training/”>Six Sigma Training</a> and Six Sigma-IT certification are more than likely involved in creating and/or maintaining business processes, and are filling some type of management role. Their leadership and decision-making abilities (i.e., time management, cost evaluation) are critical in affecting their organization’s bottom line. Even though the BLS doesn’t have direct salary statistics in regard to Six Sigma-IT certified individuals, there is plenty of salary evidence available by looking at job listings, as well as statistics provided by studies on iSixSigma.com – a leading industry web publication that focuses on all things Six Sigma.


Do More. Be More. Earn More.

If you are an IT professional with over a few years experience in your field, and are ready to move forward in your career, take on more responsibility and want to earn more, one of these certifications may be ideal for you. Just remember, before getting started it is important to do your own independent research on the qualifications for the specific certification(s) you are interested in.


Article by Grant Webb, one of our assiduous readers. Thanks Grant!


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  1. Michael Clayton says:

    I took and MSc in Infosec from the RHUL. I will take CISSP because the jobspecs ask for this. But having studied both I cannot imagine doing this job without the MSc. I can imagine doing it without CISSP.