Symantec revamps Certification program

Symantec has streamlined its security certification partner program by reducing the number of product-specific exams it issues and recognising vendor-neutral industry certifications as part of the course’s credentials.

"Symantec recognised that our partners were being asked to prove their overall security knowledge time and again," Symantec's managing director, Australia/NZ, said John Donovan,, said. "To simplify the certification process for our partners, we will now recognise other vendor security certifications as proof of their capability."

To streamline the certification program Symantec has also reduced the number of Symantec product-specific exams the partners have to sit to earn certification. Under the previous model, partners had to sit three product-specific exams to become certified in one of the four solutions categories - Symantec firewall and VPN technologies, vulnerability management technologies, intrusion detection technologies, and virus protection and content filtering technologies. Now partners must only sit one exam and complete an approved vendor-neutral certification.

There are four levels of partner certification within each solutions category, including Symantec Product Specialist, Symantec Certified Security Engineer, Symantec Technology Architect and Symantec Certified Security Practitioner.

The new program came into effect on June 1.

Partners who have already achieved Symantec certifications will remain certified under the new program. All certifications are valid for 24 months from the date earned.

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