alocke79 Posted June 4, 2011 Share Posted June 4, 2011 Below is my current working plan to refocus my career in IT from Windows administration to information security. It’s a 2 fold plan, starting with getting a couple of MS certs based on what I do in my current day to day work to buff my resume and salary a bit; then redirect to security. I realize there is a long running debate about the value of certifications; but just take my word for it that in the DC are job market, the more you have on paper, the better for you. I thought about saving myself a few months and skipping the MS certs, but they are such low hanging fruit for me at this point, why not just get the paper and maybe get a 20% pay bump. I’m looking for any and all advice and feedback from people working in the IT field that work in security, or that have made a similar transition. The general plan. Establishing Credentials to match experience. MCITP: Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator, 3 MCTS Exams Purely Monitary, based on analysis of Washington, DC area job market. MCITP: SharePoint 2010 Administration, 2 Exams (Thought about going Exchange here instead.) Pivoting to Security Security+, 1 exam CEH, 1 exam CISSP The goal here is pretty simple in theory. I have a bachelors in comp sci, and I’ve been a Windows admin for about 10 years. During this time I’ve been the dictionary definition of a generalist; doing everything from Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, and of course tech support. I’ve done about 6 months total of VMware and Cisco stuff on the side. I have always have a strong interest in security and have made it my hobby, so at this point in my career, I want to begin focusing in security heavily, while at the same time getting some paperwork to back my experience in the field in order to maximize my income. I won’t get to deep into that part, just general reasons like hitting 30, wanting to buy a place soon, etc, etc. DC is a great job market for IT, but it is expensive. By doing the MCITP, I’m just getting what I’ve been doing day to day on paper. Its only 3 relatively easy exams so why not. By getting one specialist cert, at this point I’m thinking SharePoint, I can go one level deeper into Microsoft and get to the next salary level in DC. I had deliberated between SharePoint or Exchange and ultimately settled on SharePoint. After knocking those out as a resume buff, I want to begin the turn toward security. I know enough Linux to get by with help from Google and pull off most tasks on the desktop or server, so I wasn’t planning to get a Linux cert at this point. Instead I was going to do the Security+, CEH, and by that point I should have the requirements met to sit for the CISSP. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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