Security Exam Under Development

Beta testing for new MCSA/MCSE elective expected in November.

Earlier this week, Microsoft released information on development of a new security-based exam. According to the exam objectives guide posted at, Exam 70-214, Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Network is an MCSA and MCSE elective that's expected to be released in beta form in November 2002.

The exam follows on the heels of comments that Microsoft's training and certification group made earlier this year regarding possible development of a security certification (see "Microsoft Considering Desktop, Security Certs" by Editor Becky Nagel, in the News archive).

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Jul 9, 2002 Mike Austin, TX

I think the test will be viewed as a joke by those in the industry. Why not get a real security cert like a GIAC Windows security administrator?

Sat, Jul 6, 2002 P.Karimzadeh Iran


Thu, Jul 4, 2002 Alfred Japan

(additional) for example, from the above post from leonard, "why is he disappointed that the exam is 6 months later than the class?" does he already want to get certified as soon as he finishes the class... hhhhmmm... 'nuff said... (^^)

Thu, Jul 4, 2002 Alfred Japan

my take on the subject - "sell yourself"
to get our foot into the door, certificates, nor experience alone cant cut it... we have to rely on selling ourselves, on making a potential employer that we CAN do the job, and DO the job right... hhhmmm... i guess that is one of the most common problem of IT people nowadays... we can configure a 3-state AD network, resolve a low-performance win2k client pc, etc., but when it comes to people skills... well, i just leave it to your imaginations... that is why most people in IT fail when they get into their first management position - how could they cope up with it if the only thing in front of them 8 hrs/day is a computer...
'nuff said... (^^)

Wed, Jul 3, 2002 Peter USA

I understand the need for experience and knowledge. Once again the age old question: If no one will hire you how do you get ANY experience. I have run my own small business for 7 years. Now that I have earned my certifications, I am told that my experience is not in a large business environment. Also I am told that I have no "Degree" to go with experience and the certifications. So where to from here? I have experience and still can not get a job.

Wed, Jul 3, 2002 Kdrugge Orlando

Too True, Brian ! We interview MANy MCSE's here who aren't qualified to run a single PC, let alone a network. They may know how to pass a test, but question them on real world issues, and they don't have a clue. Just a cert won't get you the job, unless the company is desperate. And with the Tech industry doing so poorly, even the certs AND the experience won't get you a job !

Wed, Jul 3, 2002 Brian USA

Because employers want knowlege and experience, not certifications. They are learning that passing a test with 25 multiple choice questions doesn't mean you can do real developer/sysadmin work.

Tue, Jul 2, 2002 ricardo laure argentina

why it is so difficult to find a job in Argentina after got the mcse mcp and mcdba certifications. Maybe those is no helpful in southamerica?who can answer me and john li from china

Sun, Jun 30, 2002 john li china

why it is so difficult to find a job in china after got th mcse mcp and mcdba certifications. Maybe those is no useful in china.~_~???!!!!
who can answer me, and help me to find a job ,wherever.

Fri, Jun 28, 2002 Paul Ottawa

The 2150 Course is basically 2153 re-hashed and adds additional information. The course is designed from an network architect's view as to design a secure network. I do not have too much information on the new security course as of yet.

Thu, Jun 27, 2002 Jason Melbourne

Don't worry Leonard, there is an exam that corresponds to the 2150 course, it's about Designing Security for Windows 2000 networks whereas the new exam is about implementing security this picks up pieces from other courses including 2153.

Thu, Jun 27, 2002 Leonard Miami

I'm already scheduled to take the class (2150) in July. I can't wait to take it! However, I assumed there was a corresponding exam. It's very disappointing that the class exists 6mo. before the exam does.

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