Why Continuing Education is important

Why Continuing Education is important

Henry Dalziel | CompTIA, Concise Courses | November 22, 2013

As many of our readers and community know, we offer Continuing Education (often referred to as CEU or Continuing Professional Education, CPE) that can be used as credits.

This blog post specifically refers to CompTIA continuing education. We currently, as of November 2013, only offer the CompTIA Security+ certification as a self-study course which does require continuing education.

In January 2010 CompTIA’s ANSI/ ISO approved certs (A+, Security+ and Network+) changed quite significantly. Pre-January 2010 the successful student achieved the designation for life, that all changed when rules were set in to motion that stipulated that the designation would expire every three yearsif – continuing education was not undertaken.

Why Continuing Education is important
Industries change. The digital camera killed traditional film. The car replaced the horse. MP3’s killed magnetic tapes, etc. There are a million different examples that all equally demonstrate just how fast and unforgiving industries and technologies can change, sometimes literally overnight. The industry that we are in, information security, is a superb example of a sector which typifies ever-evolving change in the shape of advanced persistent threats. In summary, InfoSec professionals will testify that if you don’t learn new technologies and skills, then your days as a professional are well and truly numbered.

Professional awarding bodies like ISC2, EC Council and CompTIA all require that their members complete annual continuing education to ensure that new skills are constantly being learned. Furthermore, Information Security professionals are often required, by law to adhere to certain compliance’s, notably within finance and healthcare and continuing education is an excellent medium to satisfy this necessity. Overall, we here at Concise Courses regard continuing education as a way for security professionals to keep abreast of their niches so they don’t fall behind their peers.

Why education is especially important for Information Security professionals
Here’s a chilling fact: a hacker, in many instances, will know an organization’s network and security profile better than their nemesis. Furthermore, many organizations do not even realize that they have been hacked, often for several month before detection. And – it gets worse, often hackers will leave difficult to find back doors. Whereas there are a million ways a hacker or a group of hackers infiltrate an organization’s network and yet another million ways that they could have been prevented – there is one constant. That constant is education that must be continuous. Continuous for every employee within the organization, not just the IT folks but everyone. Everyone needs a level of InfoSec training because of the ever growing malice of social engineering.

How do CompTIA members renew their designation, and what qualifies as Continuing Education credits?

Examples include:

  • Completing courses and training (applicable to InfoSec subject matter)
  • Attending industry events or conferences (side note: click here for our comprehensive 2014 list of events)
  • Relevant work experience
  • Mentoring
  • Publishing white papers and other research publications

It is worth mentioning here that for a training course to be valid for Continuing Education credits (CEU credits), at least half of the course’s content has to relate to one or more of the certification’s exam objectives or original syllabus. We are delighted to be a CompTIA pre approved training provider and will be more than happy to satisfy your CEU requirements.

Other helpful information and summary
You enter your Continuing Education credits (CEU) through your CompTIA certification account – and don’t forget to be mindful of deadlines! If you reach the end of your three year expiry you might forfeit your certification.

Our final words are simple and to the point: education is great and frankly, there are no negatives. Education and training should be embraced not least if you take your career seriously.

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