At TechMentor in New Orleans in early April, David Lowe of Microsoft Training & Certification (its security and specialty programs) said that Microsoft is considering adding new certifications on security and other areas of specialization but was not willing to comment on timeframes, contents or other details. I believe there might be a security cert (or perhaps more than one) in the offing in 2004 or 2005. Given their current exam schedule and future commitments to BackOffice component exams in late 2003/early 2004, it seems pretty unlikely to me that such a program (or programs) would be introduced before mid-year next year.
That said, when it comes to second-guessing Microsoft, I could always be wrong -- but I do have a decent track record at this kind of thing (I'm currently batting between .600 and .700 on my "Microsoft prognostications" according to my own tracking over the past 5 years).
This was first published in April 2003