Microsoft has launched a security exam in what it says is a response to the growing importance of IT security issues on the corporate agenda.
The exam, Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Environment, was released last week as an non-compulsory component of the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Windows 2000 and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows 2000 tracks.
The exam will be a core requirement for the new security specialisation of the MCSA/MCSE certification. It is aimed at systems administrators who are familiar with the process of securing networks using Windows 2000 and Active Directory and Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP clients.
Microsoft partner readiness manager Mark Buckley told vnunet.com: "Companies want people to show them how skilled they are in certain areas. With all security environments, what raises your profile is having expertise on specific technologies."
But Buckley admitted that essentials such as experience, vertical market knowledge and understanding what security means to the customer are not covered by the exam. "That's where our training partner community adds value," he said.
Microsoft Press also offers one self-study title for this exam, MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Network.
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