A survey of 6,605 security professionals who took a certification exam in the USA in the last 12 months, carried out by computer-based testing company Pearson VUE, found a 48-percent increase in those taking security training, and a 60-percent increase in those taking security exams compared with the company’s previous annual survey.
More than half of the respondents (53 percent) had their training funded by employers and only a quarter (26 percent) paid for it themselves. When asked to identify any exams they intended taking over the following year, security certifications were the most popular choice (40 percent), followed by networking (31 percent) and servers (22 percent).
The majority of those surveyed had experienced professional benefits from their employers’ investment, with more than 6 in 10 (61 percent) stating that obtaining certification had a positive impact on their professional profile and almost a third (30 percent) saying that successfully achieving a certification impacted their lives immediately.
The Security Industry Association offers a number of training programs, including SPM training at ISC West.