Want a government job? Better get certified!
Here is a recent article stating that to get a government job you need to be certified.
IT certification can be key in getting into federal jobs
FedBizExtra SUBSCRIBER CONTENT: May 27, 2011, 6:00am EDT by Jill R. Aitoro
Step aside, security clearances — make room for information technology certifications.
A survey of 1,630 security-cleared professionals from online job board ClearanceJobs.com found that 38 percent of respondents credited technology certifications for helping them land new positions. The federal government’s growing focus on cybersecurity is among the main reasons why.
“It still pays to be a security-cleared tech professional,” said Evan Lesser, founder and managing director of ClearanceJobs.com in the report. “But considering the [Defense Department] now formally recognizes cyberspace as a new domain of warfare, it really pays to be both cleared and certified.”
Finding cybersecurity talent has been a challenge for the federal government, in part because it’s a relatively new field.
Certifications in networking equipment, software applications and infrastructure components provide some validation that a person can lock down computer systems to ensure data remains protected.
According to the report, the certifications that are most frequently held by security cleared technology professionals include Security+ for system and network security and access controls, A+ for computer support, and Network+ for networking configuration and management.
More tailored certifications will likely emerge. The Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency — which the Center for Strategic and International Studies created in October 2007 to provide input to the next administration on ways to protect computer networks and systems — released a report in November that recommended starting an independent certifying body. That body, the report said, would develop standards to test cybersecurity skills and create career paths based upon those certifications.
Federal agencies also could require contractors providing products and services to meet the same certification requirements, the report noted.