Mobile Security Certifications: CompTIA, GIAC and SANS Institute
A mobile security certification typically addresses the ability to either create secure mobile application or implement security in mobile networking environments - sometimes both.
In the mobile app arena, the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification is a vendor-neutral credential aimed at mobile app and software developers who design and build secure iOS or Android apps, as well as securing network communications and Web services. Candidates must successfully pass a multiple-choice exam for Android development (ADR-001) or iOS development (IOS-001), which costs $248.
Meanwhile, the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) program, started by the SANS Institute in the late 1990s, is respected and recognized by many large corporations and government agencies, including the National Security Agency. One of its many certifications, the GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB), is a foundation-level cert for professionals who analyze mobile devices for security vulnerabilities and perform penetration tests.
The certification requires candidates to have deep knowledge of mobile app vulnerabilities and threats, mobile device architecture and features, attacks against devices and security techniques. Candidates must pass one exam, either at the conclusion of a SANS training course ( SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking, typically $5,095 for six days) or by signing up directly through GIAC (referred to as a challenge exam). The exam costs $599 if taken in conjunction with training or $1,049 as a challenge exam.
Auditors and networking/security professionals might be interested in the SEC571: Mobile Device Security, which SANS offers for continuing education credits rather than full certification. The course covers mobile environment threats and vulnerabilities, legal issues, policies and controls. Pricing ranges from $700 to $1,000 per seat at conferences; for onsite pricing, contact SANS.
Mobile Specialty Certifications: Workforce Management and Forensics
Aside from application development, mobile networking and securing mobile devices and apps, other mobility-related certifications reach into mobile workforce solutions and mobile forensics.
VMware is one of the most recognized names in the virtualization industry, and its relatively new VMware Certified Associate - Workforce Mobility (VCA-WM) certification is an associate-level credential geared toward sales representatives and solution designers of mobile workforce and end user computing. A VCA-WM knows how to match VMware products such as vSphere and Horizon Suite to business use cases. Candidates can take a free Workforce Mobility Fundamentals self-paced training course through VMware, which is a nice value-add. The VCA-WM exam (VCAW510) is available through Pearson VUE.
Oracle has a workforce credential as well: the Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management 2 Implementation Essentials. This single-exam, specialist certification focuses on resources needed by mobile work crews, along with scheduling, dispatching, alerting systems and the types of mobile devices these workers use. The $50 exam is also delivered by Pearson VUE.
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