Few areas of innovation have grown more quickly than the computer industry. The computer professional has become an integral and important player in almost every other industry as well. Both the computer technologies and the ways they are applied by business, government, and individuals all change rapidly. The certified computer professional is able to grow with these changes and to adapt to the needs of a varied group of users and to do so in a manner that will protect the integrity of the data being used. This important level of computer knowledge is portable and universal.
Individuals who have earned computer certifications in one or more computer-based disciplines can work for thousands of different companies and government bodies in any part of the world. The certified computer professional is responsible for application of in-depth information systems knowledge, and for the vital area of computer security. Computer security is a vital part of the global security and anti-terror effort. Attackers can interrupt the economy and destabilize governments interfering with information on computer systems. Certified computer specialists must be aware of these dangers and detect and neutralize attacks from any external or internal source.
The computer certification professional must also be ready to prevent the loss of data through natural disaster, acts of war, and simple human error. Computer engineers may understand the importance of their own specific areas of information and knowledge. The certified computer specialist learns the bigger picture: the importance of accurate, private, and recoverable data throughout the entire enterprise.