The article 'Security in Indian Enterprises' in the
April 2003 issue was very informative. Management students
and those marketing security products and solutions
will benefit much from this article. The analysis of
security requirements, and implementation of security
in various verticals of Indian industry leads security
products and solution providers to once again think
about the rules of selling high-end security products
like PKI and digital certificates in India. Now I'd
like to know about spending trends in various verticals
on different security solutions. Could you point me
to some published reports or surveys for this?
Thank you for appreciating our story. Beginning 2002,
Network Magazine conducted its own annual survey titled
'Infrastructure Strategies.' We are currently conducting
research for the same and will publish our analysis
in the June 2003 issue. So the information you seek
is just around the corner.
I completed the MCA course in 2002. I'm now working
as a systems engineer in a software company in Bangalore.
The job involves maintenance of computers on a LAN,
troubleshooting network problems and customer support.
I regret that I don't have any international certification.
I am well versed with Windows NT, Windows 2000 and with
the configuration of Cisco devices. I can troubleshoot
all kinds of hardware and LAN problems. I can also debug
C, C++, and Java problems. However, I do not want to
continue working in the traditional LAN environment.
I'd much rather focus on the latest networking trends.
But as you know, networking has lots of specialized
areas. I plan to pursue these new areas through specialized
networking courses. However I am a bit confused in choosing
specific areas in networking. I seek your guidance in
this matter and trust you are well aware of the hot
areas in networking that may present several job opportunities
Like all things in the computer field, networking technology
too is quite dynamic. But if you follow trends reported
by the numerous technology news websites, or read technology
magazines, you'll get a clear indication of where networking
is heading. I see a lot of promise for certified Information
Security professionals, particularly in the areas of
security auditing and product specialization. There
are security certifications like CISA, CISM, CISSP,
SCNA etc. And there are companies in India (like Secure
Synergy and Miel e-Security, among others) who offer
training for some of these certifications. Other hot
areas right now are Wireless Networking and Storage
Area Networks (SAN). We have done a couple of stories
on WLAN (wireless LAN) and SAN in the past. Do access
these through the Archives section of our website. I
suggest you pursue vendor certifications for both areas.
Again, a search on the Web will offer names of leading
vendors in these areas.