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CraginS
Defender I

Acting Like a Professional: RTFM

<RANT>

We see recurring questions in several of the community fora regarding CPE: what counts ?must I have Type B?  how to calculate for input? what about rollovers?

In almost every instance the answers are clearly provided in the CPE Guidelines document at isc2.org. Obviously the person asking the question has not even glanced at that document. 

Recently my comments, instead of pointing to the pinned threads on CPE at the top of both CPE Opportunities and Member Support have moved to a simple

 

RTFM.

 

Former military know this one: Read The Field Manual!

(yea, that's the word, Field, yeah, that's what the F means, Field!)

 

What does this have to do with acting like a professional?

Quite a bit.

 

We are in a complex field, that is changing constantly. To do our jobs we have to know the content of laws, regulations, rules, frameworks, and system manuals. We cannot get by without reading those core documents that detail our tasks and procedures. 

Failure to keep up with the mandatory documentation of our major specialties, and to dive into teh needed ones on any given task is essential to being a true professional in infosec.

The certification is named Certified ... PROFESSIONAL.

If you are not willing to learn what the rules and procedures are, know where they are documented, and routinely use those documents, 

YOU ARE NOT ACTING LIKE A PROFESSIONAL.

 

Try to answer your questions through research before leaning on the helpful crowd in the Community.

 

Oh, and I have said this before: If I were looking to hire an infosec specialist who claims a professional certification, and that individual does not even know what the relevant guideline documents are, much less use them, that one goes straight to the round file.

</RANT>

 

With best wishes and hopes for your career successes,

 

Craig

 

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Beads
Advocate I

Re: Acting Like a Professional: RTFM

And stop attacking those who keep pressing standards as the reason we have standards in the first place.

 

I prefer quality over quantity when it comes to certifications. Certs are a nice to have but too much emphasis has been placed on examinations, particularly from colleges seeing certification as a way of confirming their education product. So what are we really telling students? Get certified, no matter what it takes.

 

- b/eads

rslade
Influencer II

Re: Acting Like a Professional: RTFM

I may disagree with every word this man has said, but I will defend, to the death, if
necessary, his right to say it!

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rslade
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Re: Acting Like a Professional: RTFM

(Just to make it clear for those who did not get the joke, I do *NOT* disagree
with anything this man has said, and there is far too little searching going on
before people post questions.)

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Early_Adopter
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Re: Acting Like a Professional: RTFM

Anyone know where can I record the type C CPEs I dearly hope to be able to submit for my armadillo wrangling and scientific pottery retreat...?