motherjoe writes "Hello All,
I was recently notified by my company my position was deemed surplus. I guess that's the new PC way of saying, "Lay off", these days.
I have been in the IT industry since 1993 working for a Global Outsourcing company. The majority of my part of the effort has always been on the network side, specifically with LAN/WAN device management, user admin, securing access to those devices, and participating in audits.
In the early 90s my work was done with IBM Mainframe running System 370, ESA/390, later ES/9000. Back in those days all the work was on SNA for networking and RACF for security. Then came, slowly TCP/IP on the mainframe, but we already expanded to Netview on AIX. For the last several years I have been doing all my device management on CiscoWorks and securing with TACACS and Radius.
I supposed I became somewhat spoiled. Meaning, I could go from team to team by bringing certain things to the table and learning new things along the way. I could be a poster child for OJT.
Now presented with pursuing jobs outside my company for the first time since '93 and I am wondering what that next step is? It seems to me there is a lot of activity for those specialized in security, but with an emphasis on CEH and CISSP certs. I have been talking to outfits like Infosec who offer accelerated programs to achieve the cert.
So, I am curious to hear from the slashdot community. In your professional experience what importance do you place on certifications. Has obtaining a certification made your future brighter? Have you ever been denied an job because you lacked certification, even though perhaps you had years of experience already?
Thanks in advance,