Re: IT Manager to CISO


I would not pursue the Security+, although its gotten a lot more difficult
over the last few years, many people don't have a high degree or respect of
the for it because of how easy it used to be.

You may also want to consider the CISM (management) or CISA (auditing)

However, if I were you I would pursue the CISSP. Its fairly well respected
and covers a broad area of information security. One of the reasons
I recommend this is that you can follow it up with one of their
concentrations, ISSMP (management) and ISSAP (technical). There is a fair
amount of overlap between the CISSP and either of these concentrations, so
you could conceivably get the CISSP-ISSMP in a fairly short period of time.

In addition, I'd recommend the Project Management Professional (PMP) for
someone in your position. I think this is as much, or more important than
most other industry/vendor specific certifications.

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On 4/27/2011 4:37 AM, olufemimogaji@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
Hi all,

I'm currently the de facto IT manager for a small IT services firm. The nature of our business requires that we follow PCI standards as per logical security. Here's the thing, the CISO is leaving next month, and I've been told I'll be taking his position. I already have a lot of exposure to info sec, I have a CCNP (the former version with ISCW) and a I'm an MCP (Active Directory for WS 2008). What I need to know is what cert I should go out there and get to make me more cemented in this new CISO role, at least to keep the auditors happy, as they sometimes like to question your competence. The outgoing CISO, even though he was trained by some of our partners, had NO certs, and this exposed him to uncomfy questions from hard nosed auditors. Security+ or CISSP exam? Or any others? Any form of guiding light will be highly appreciated.


Femi M.

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