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The Personal Security Certification

After writing about going beyond certifications recently, I got thinking about something I read a long time ago: the Personal MBA. From the website:

Business schools don’t have a monopoly on worldly wisdom. If you care more about increasing your effectiveness at work than a diploma and a few lines on your resume, the Personal MBA is for you.

The site then lists a set of learning domains and books that will teach the concepts that you'd learn in a standard MBA program - the goal being to give you the knowledge that an MBA would have. Of course, this doesn't give you the networking benefits of an MBA (arguably the main benefit of most MBA programs).

But, then, security certifications don't have that networking benefit. And, while the "Personal Security Certification" isn't something that you can put on your resume, obtaining the skills of a "Super-Star Security Engineer" will make you a better security pro.

I'm going to do a series of entries around this concept, describing each of the domains of a super-star engineer, and laying out a set of books that will give you mastery each of those domains.

Dan Miller of 48 Days suggests that reading and really understanding 3 different books on a topic is enough to give you mastery of that topic - the worst that can happen by reading the Personal Security Certification blog series is that you learn a few things that you don't know, and become a more well-rounded security engineer.

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