IT Security has evolved over the past decade and is now something that sits in the forefront of every data driven organization. Over the years, companies and IT training schools have had their information security expectations grow for employees and students. What’s more is computer and information technology standards organizations have become almost solely responsible with keeping everyone up with all the data threat prevention efforts, by either developing new security courses, or updating previous ones. These organizations set the standard in ways that change just as often as the data threats that attack our networks.
One instance of this is CompTIA trying to keep their Security+ course up to date and at the forefront of IT security relevance. In 2008, CompTIA offered a new version of their famous security course. The update was to follow the Department of Defense’s 8570 Directive, and conform to requirements put out by the American National Standards Institute. However, this goes against the company’s original promise of “certified for life”, and many people who were Security+ certified before late 2008 have to take a bridge exam to cover two more topics. But in the long run, this seems to be a wise decision for the company, since it shows that government agencies will use updated Security+ certifications, and thus guarantee a steady amount of business for the time being.
Additionally, computer hacking forensic investigator courses such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) are constantly changing in terms of their course material. Both courses focus on the most up to date hacking techniques and practices in order to prevent future security breaches. Every time a new technique is perfected, or one is expanded, it could be added to the next EC-Council course version.
The security field has changed drastically in recent years, new hacking tools, new online resources where cyber-criminals can sell secure data and new viruses have every company on lookout. The advances in technology and increased security risks have increased demand for better trained security employees and today’s IT companies have to constantly keep training their current staff members in order to keep up. In the wake of this, security training courses have evolved as well, producing the most highly skilled and highly educated IT security workers we have ever seen.