Channel training specialist CompTIA have introduced a new mastery-level security credential pitched at information assurance professionals holding technical leadership roles, with at least five years hands on security experience under their belts.
CompTIA said it was responding to the findings of its most recent Information Security Trends study, which found 42% of UK respondents faced challenges when it came to hiring security specialists.
Its study revealed that 78% of UK firms felt that IT security was becoming a higher priority, while a third said their staff lacked the necessary skills to deal with the changing threat environment, and nearly 85% said they would either look to train up existing or hire new staff.
"There is a great and immediate need for IT pros with the advanced skills necessary to secure data, devices and networks," said CompTIA executive vice president of skills certification, Terry Erdle.
The certification exam, which is the first in a series of mastery-level credentials to be rolled out by CompTIA, will cover skills and techniques in enterprise security; risk management; research and analysis; and integration of computing, comms and business disciplines.