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Security Certifications: Seven Things CIOs Need to Know

Security Certifications: Seven Things CIOs Need to Know

This IDC Perspective discusses seven pieces of critical knowledge for technology and business leaders to consider as they determine whether it is appropriate to encourage employees to pursue certifications, support certifications financially, and use certifications in the employee recruitment process. It also discusses the role that cybersecurity certification programs play in an organization's larger professional development, recruiting, and retention efforts."Cybersecurity certification programs play an important role in our professional community," said Mike Chapple, adjunct research analyst, IDC. "They demonstrate an individual's commitment to the profession and willingness to study cybersecurity topics with both breadth and depth. CIOs should recognize the importance of these programs but also be mindful of their limitations."


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Critical Knowledge for CIOs
Security Certifications Vary Widely in Breadth, Depth, and Rigor
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Certifications Play a Useful Role in the Hiring Process
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Certifications Demonstrate Commitment: For Both Employers and Employees
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Certifications May Be Tied to Turnover
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Beware of Certification Collectors
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Certifications May Be Required by Contract or Regulation
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Certifications Demonstrate Knowledge, Not Experience
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Advice for the Technology Leader
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