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Certification Watch (Vol. 18, No. 39)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Red Hat helps you stay ahead of the development curve via an upcoming webinar, Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, and more.

Red Hat Webinar Helps You Surf the Development Pipeline


Surfer in the pipelineWhen it comes to producing and releasing new technology, companies that deliver IT solutions tend to operate either like a fire hydrant or a hydroelectric dam. One model is all about blasting tech into the marketplace as quickly as it comes together, while the other is about controlling the flow. In either case, the end goal is to create stable, predictable tech that reliably delivers results. Red Hat wants to help IT firms improve their development and delivery pipeline and had made that goal the focus of an upcoming webinar. Among the pipeline upgrade tools Red Hat has to offer is its impressive portfolio of IT certifications, and the webinar will be hosted by the company's director of certification, Randy Russell. The hourlong webinar will be presented Oct. 29, but registration is available right now.


IPv4 Is No More ... At Least in North America


Typically, your average prophet of doom waves a sign saying that, "The end is near," but we're pleased to announce today that the end is actually here. That's right, not near — here. Now. The end of IPv4, that is. And while it may not be the end of everything for everyone everywhere, it's certainly the beginning of the end. Precisely as forecasted for several months now, the quantity of available IPv4 addresses has run out, at least in North America. The news appeared earlier today, and networking titan Cisco quickly sounded the alarm at its Cisco Learning Network. The reason that there haven't been Y2K levels of paranoia in the IT realm is that the solution to the problem — hello-ooo, IPv6 — has been around for many years. Sort of like with the metric system, everyone knows that it's better for all of us, but the foot-dragging and resistance to change has been intense. Well, not anymore. The time for change has arrived.


Cybersecurity Awareness Month Is Upon Us


Speaking of times that have arrived, October is famous for Halloween, but only slightly less known, at least in the United States, for being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Yes, before we all don our masks and run out to knock on doors for tricks and treats, it's time to get serious about cybersecurity. It's always time to get serious about cybersecurity, really, but its especially time for it in October, when the leaves are changing color and the lines are shorter at Disneyland. IT security and governance association ISACA is joining other groups as a champion of NCAM, and will be offering cybersecurity treats to one and all throughout October. ISACA's first-ever CSX 2015 North America Conference is going down Oct. 19-21, there will be a free ISACA webinar on Oct. 13, and a free virtual conference on Oct. 28. So update your virus definitions, don't click on suspicious e-mail links, and ask not what you country can do to improve your cybersecurity, ask what you can do to improve your country's cybersecurity.


(ISC)² Reaches Out to Cybersecurity's Better Half


Speaking of awareness and cybersecurity, there's an urgent update about the gender gap from cybersecurity organization (ISC)². As with most IT disciplines, there's a lack of women in cybersecurity that registers somewhere between "glaring" and "crippling," depending on who you ask. Fresh off of completing a survey of nearly 14,000 security professionals worldwide, (ISC)² trumpeted earlier this week that roughly 90 percent of cybersecurity workers are (still) men. As noted by (ISC)² CEO David Shearer in a media release announcing the findings, the lack of women in cybersecurity is particularly troubling giving the overall workforce shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. “The information security field is expected to see a deficit of 1.5 million professionals by 2020 if we don’t take proactive measures to close the gap,” Shearer said. “Knowing this, it is rather frustrating to realize that we do not have more women working in the industry."


Badges?! Oracle Certification Has Got Your Stinking Badges


Digital badging is a thing that continues to grow in population in the IT certified world. If you can't yet easily identify yourself as being certified to potential employers and others by producing a digital badge, then it's time to start asking your certification program's governing officials why that is. Microsoft recently announced that it is moving aggressively into the realm of digital badges, and now Oracle is doing the same. With the company's annual OpenWorld convention looming at the end of October, Oracle Certification posted a notice this week that certificants can expect to receive an e-mail very soon announcing details of Oracle's new digital badging agreement with Pearson VUE and Acclaim. Wear them with pride, people.


Microsoft Brings Back AppToCert


Microsoft app developers can once again pursue a simplified path to certification. Microsoft Learning is bringing back its award-winning AppToCert program that lets developers demonstrate their tech smarts by building an app and, at least potentially, getting credit toward certification at the same time. AppToCert comes in two phases, the first of which is completed by submitting a published WIndows or Windows Phone app for evaluation. If carried out successfully, that step confers a digital badge and other small goodies, and also unlocks phase two. To complete the loop and become certified, phase two requires successful passage of a single developer certification exam. (Many Microsoft certs require passage of multiple exams.)


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