With so many companies offering Information Security training, it is important to look not only at the individual certification but the individual institution or organization that offers the training. While boot camps were popular several years ago, this type of training is often rushed and many times the act of getting the individual certified by offering practice tests is not the ideal way to become certified.
Look for training from the SANS Institute, ECCouncil, CWNP, CompTIA and Microsoft. These organizations provide certifications that are not only in demand but contain concepts that meet information technology needs. While there are many other organizations that offer certifications, you should verify each of these organizations and their standing in the IT community.
Training should be provided by an accredited organization recognized by major vendors. Verification of IT certifications and training are important in keeping your organization secure. This insures that the credentials provided are authentic and the training quality meets industry standards. IT certifications can be gained through self-study but having a mentor and instructor helps to insure that the appropriate labs, lectures and training are delivered.
Training should contain labs, lectures, and discussion groups. Always look for the number of hours of training. When talking to your security analyst, get an understanding of how the class was structured.