Red Hat offers security certification

* Red Hat rolls out Certified Security Specialist certification

Red Hat introduced a new security certification recently with a specialized focus on server and client machine security.

The Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS) certification is targeted at experienced Linux IT administrators and system engineers who are proficient at installing and running Linux-based networks. The certification program tests users in areas such as locking down services running on a Linux machine and administering policies with SELinux (a secure version of Linux included in Red Hat software). The program also tests the knowledge of users for setting up specific security-focused applications, such as creating a secure directory on a Linux machine with single sign-on, as well as configuring VPNs and firewalls with Linux.

The RHCSS program joins the leading Linux vendors other popular programs, which include the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certifications. The vendor claims that over 10,000 IT pros have received Red Hat certifications since the vendor began offering the programs. Red Hat certifications are offered as Red Hat locations worldwide and cost around $150 per exam.

The market is flooded with IT certifications. As far as Linux goes, what certifications (if any) matter to you? Has a vendor-specific, or general Linux certification (such as those offered by the Linux Professional Institute) ever landed you a job? Or are these just nice pieces of paper to have on the wall? As always, I'm interested to hear readers' opinions on this topic.

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