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Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Do you think federal IT workers should be required to earn a systems security certification?"

Systems security is a highly specialized and constantly evolving career

field. Pertinent information on security is leaping dramatically forward to the extent that specialists are constantly involved in the ongoing pursuit of understanding "the next thing."

Government information technology workers would be so tied up in security issues that they'd neglect performance of their daily tasks. Millions of dollars would be used to give a basic security class to attendees who would have to "take off" from their daily office work, thus losing thousands of "man hours" of government work time.

This basic security class would be the analogous of providing a basic "how automobiles work" class to each person who merely DRIVES a car.

Nikki Egan

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It would be a waste of resources to require all federal IT workers to have systems security certification. Only those who work in systems security should be required to have the certification. Only when it improves job performance would it prove productive! It would be too costly to send IT workers to get the training and then not use it!

James Krug

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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