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7 IT security skills certifications on the rise

Ellen Messmer | Aug. 20, 2013
GIAC IT security certifications, among others, show strong gains in demand.

The Foote Partners quarterly report also cited significant rise in market value in a number of non-security-specific certifications, including the CWNP/Certified Wireless Network Expert and CWNP/Certified Wireless Network Administrator certifications. Some HP systems administration certifications rose sharply in value as did some project management certifications. Three Oracle database administrator certifications jumped 10% or more in pay value. However, a number of Oracle certifications also declined 10% over the previous quarter. These decliners were: Oracle SOA Infrastructure Implementation Certified Expert; Oracle Certified Professional Java EE Web Services Developer and Oracle Certified Master, Java EE Enterprise Architect.

The only IT security certification seen as falling 10% or more in pay value in comparison to the previous quarter was the GIAC Certified Penetration Tester certification, which dropped by 33.3%.

The Foote Partners report points out that overall, IT certifications in general have actually been falling in value since 2007, so it's notable that 289 IT certifications increased last quarter, up 0.84% in value overall. Foote Partners also continuously tracks the demand for IT roles and responsibilities not based on IT certifications.


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