Security Exam Hits Streets This Week

Microsoft on Wednesday will release Exam 70-214, Implementing Security. The exam is an elective for the the MCSE on Windows 2000 and MCSA on Windows 2000 tracks.

Microsoft expects to release its latest exam, 70-214: Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Environment, this Wednesday, Jan. 15. The exam, an elective for the MCSA on Windows 2000 and MCSE on Windows 2000 tracks, is aimed at systems administrators who are intimately familiar with the processes for securing networks using Windows 2000 and Active Directory and Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP clients. The exam can be taken at any VUE or Prometric testing center worldwide; registration for this exam is currently open.

Microsoft Press currently offers one self-study title for this exam, which was released earlier this week: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Network, Exam 70-214, by Matthew Strebe (ISBN 0-7356-1878-X). According to the description of this book, "Exam 70-214 is a new exam and a core requirement for the new security specialization for MCSA/MCSE certification." Microsoft has indicated that it may offer some specialist credentials, especially for security; see "Microsoft Considering Desktop, Security Certs," by Becky Nagel, in the News archive. As of this posting, Microsoft hasn't responded to inquiries regarding the certification specialization. [UPDATE 1/16/02, 4 p.m.: According to Microsoft's certification group, which responded to our inquiry after this writing, the "core requirement for the new security specialization..." is a typographical error. The description, expected to be corrected soon on the Microsoft Press Web site, hasn't been removed as of this posting.—Editor.]

["Security Advisor" columnist Roberta Bragg reviewed the beta version of the 70-214 exam; see "Security Workhorse" in the Jan. 2003 issue.—Editor.]

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Tue, Jul 27, 2004 hossam uk

pl z

Wed, Jan 29, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

if there is any upgrade papper in mcse
pls mail to me

Wed, Jan 29, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I'm agree with Jovita. The one who make a system unsecure, is the guy who admin the box... basicly

Wed, Jan 29, 2003 Anonymous CANADA

For some guys here talk talk again MS product for security, dont be annoying, your comment mark a real lack of vision . Dont Expect Linux better secure than MS, Linux is expose to be coded by "noname" . The only reason why linux have the reputation of to be secure, is only because, not enough people use it, wait for fews years, Linux will be the huge hole ...

Mon, Jan 27, 2003 Unknown Anonymous

Bill is pain in Ass

Tue, Jan 21, 2003 Anonymous Paris

ok , yet another exam they add up and i feel like i've done before ......... MS did it for the extra exams for MCSA (70-218 managing a W2K env when i already have implementing and administering W2K network / AD infrastructures (70-216/217) + designing W2K network / AD infra (70-219/221), why should i go for it when i'm already MCSE with all the design exams you can find ?? , this implement and administer security exam sounds like a subset of DESIGNING SECURITY (70-220 ) could someone at MS explain the reason and of course the relevance of such an exam ?? too few people passing 220 ?? or is the cow good to milk once again ?????

Mon, Jan 20, 2003 w.s. Anonymous

Will Microsoft possbily be bringing out another certifcation along the lines of security possible a MCSS (Microsoft Certified Secuirty Specialitst) or MCSC (Microsoft Certified Security Consultant)?

Sun, Jan 19, 2003 mayank india

All other certifications have introduced security related exams so i welcome this move as right now u can sell u r self with any security certification. so guys lets do it and advance in our career.

Fri, Jan 17, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

The 70-220 is a reading and comprehension test, at leat this one is close to reality. This test is to test your knowledge securing a Windows 2000 network not to make you a Security Expert or guru.

Fri, Jan 17, 2003 Jovita Dallas, TX

As someone who holds the MCSE, MCSA, MCDBA, OCP/DBA & CISSP, and lots of experience in programming, I will advise all of you to go back to the basics: Understanding Networking comcepts( TCP/IP...OSI etc) and then applying those, may be in the role of an administrator(NT/2000, Redhat, UX etc) or otherwise...Then you will find NO DIFFERENCE. Those things(different OSs) are just "clothed" differently with very similar if not the same underlying concepts...So, let's start from the basics....not exams!!

Fri, Jan 17, 2003 John NY

Paul from France said: "...all what my 2 MCSE certs (NT4 & 2000) did for me was to get me to the interview. - - - so to all of you bragging "hey I passed! hey it was easy ! well... who cares !" ------ You should care, dipstick. Because if it wasn't for your certs you wouldn't have even gotten your interview. Is this not apparent to you?

Fri, Jan 17, 2003 Rick Omaha

John from Houston - Please - for all of us. Go TAKE 70-214 and you tell us if you think there's a lot of overlap. The two tests are not even in he same park from a perspective of similarity or material. And to our French friend - if the concept in France is that a certed individual should get anything more than a second glance.... Please. And, your boss is right - 'Great. You have a cert. How good for you. NOW - what have you DONE?'

Fri, Jan 17, 2003 John Houston

Microsoft already HAD a security exam! 070-220. Looks like there's quite a bit of overlap in the objectives, too. Don't see the point.

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

we had a CISSP at my old job, MCSE also.. the man could not build a server for his life.. talk about all certs and no show.. Back to topic, this exam was not easy, but it also does not mean you are a "Security Expert" for taking and passing it, but neither does it make you a real computer tech if you can get your CISSP.

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

If the title was MCSE+ Security I would think about taking it... CSS1 or CISSP for me...

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 Paul France

hehehe... as if when you pass this one you will be a security expert !!! that's a good one! And for the point of 'job search', all what my 2 MCSE certs (NT4 & 2000) did for me was to get me to the interview. my new boss didn't even ask me what exams i took - once I was already working I asked him (my new boss)... he said "the day has not come yet when I will trust a MCSE with my network administration unless he/she can prove to me what he really knows" - - - so to all of you bragging "hey I passed! hey it was easy ! well... who cares ! ...hummm let me think again... Bill probably who will be checking the cash register as another million dumbos will try on passing another MS DUMBO exam !!! thanks BILL !

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 Adam S. Brookline, MA

I took and passed the exam while it was in beta. I took it cold, relying on my work experience. It was either easy or the MS answers correspond with the real world answers. OK, I think it was easy.

It is absurd that MS is essentially saying that keeping your systems patched up is the be all and end all of security. That's merely the starting point. What about people inside the company who want to go on a fishing expedition on your servers?

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 lisa mary historic clapboard house

I would like to take the test! Any study guides I can have for now? Am a bit rusty right now, but also ready pretty fast....with code, that is!!! Thanks! xxoo A++++

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 Derek Anonymous

Beta did take a lot of time and I love how those with snide quips neglect to pen their names. I am not thrilled with the MS weekly OS upgrades, but the exams are definitely getting better as this required at least a very good understanding of the topic.

Thu, Jan 16, 2003 Gary Chicago

I heard Roberta Bragg is working on a Exam Cram for 70-214, probably all youre gonna need to "study" fot it.

Wed, Jan 15, 2003 GSmith Anonymous

Passed the beta as well; I do SUS and security scanning on Windows boxes as part of my regular job as well as using non-MS tools to do the same.

The exam seemed to me like an easy pass at the time - it took me between 1/3 and 1/2 of the allotted time to complete - and yes, I speed read.

Wed, Jan 15, 2003 Alan Nelson Fort Collins, CO

The beta exam was not a "walk in the park". With lots of hands-on experience, speed-reading, and knowing your stuff inside out you *might* finish in the allotted time. I'm still waiting to hear from Microsoft, but according to my MCP transcript, I passed.

Wed, Jan 15, 2003 michael Anonymous

how do you guys know you passed the beta? are you just confident or did you somehow get results?

Wed, Jan 15, 2003 Anonymous houston

What is the pay range for someone, in Houston, who has Auto Cad experience but is trying to enter the IT, help desk I suppose to start, field? With A+, Net+ and MCSE .

Wed, Jan 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I also passed this test and it was long and hard. I used the Security Operations Guide for Windows 2000 and the MOC book for the 70-220 to study for this exam plus work experince.

Wed, Jan 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Not an easy test? Come on! Even the beta was a walk in the park. Next I suppose you'll try and tell me the CompTIA Security+ is not an easy test. Try the CISSP if you dare!!!

Tue, Jan 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I passed the beta exam, but I have to warn you people that this test is not easy. I wish I had the book to read/study from before taking the beta, it was hard as hell.. oh well, at least I passed!

Tue, Jan 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Some upcoming (but unannounced) MCSE exams:

70-300 Implementing & Administering The Hundreds Of Security Patches That Microsoft Distributes

70-301 Implementing & Administering Redhat Linux

70-302 Implementing & Administering A Job Search With Your MS Certifications

Tue, Jan 14, 2003 maqsood Anonymous

HEHEHEHEHEHHEHEHE I think we have no work with out geting the microsoft certification ONEC more??????????????

Tue, Jan 14, 2003 Naveed Babar Pakistan

Congratulation to microsoft and to Mr.Bill for this new effort which thay did I'm sure I should attempt this paper as soon as possible.

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