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Certification Watch (Vol. 18, No. 44)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA touts the benefits of its new CyberSecure course, Oracle puts its head in the cloud, and more.

CompTIA Wants to Help Your Organization Improve Its Security Profile

 

Red lock surrounded by blue locksIt's November now, but there's still a warm glow from the dying embers of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), just in case you've been pining for that elevated emphasis on IT security. Right at the eleventh hour of NCSAM, CompTIA released CompTIA CyberSecure, a new online cybersecurity training course. CyberSecure is designed to improve awareness and application of sound security principles among employees who work in IT environments, but lack specialized IT training. A new post this week at CompTIA's IT Career News blog spells out some of the benefits of CyberSecure in greater detail. For example, the course was designed to provide effective training, geared toward modifying behavior and producing results in the workplace, as opposed to just ticking off familiar guidelines like, "Never open a strange e-mail attachment." In particular, CyberSecure is designed to reinforce five interconnected security principles: integrity, depth of knowledge, procedural compliance, questioning attitude, and formality in communication. If you're considering additional security training at your workplace, then it's worth checking out.

 

Red Hat Releases Latest Version of Open-Source Linux Distribution

 

Red Hat is known through the IT industry for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), it proprietary enterprise Linux distribution that is widely used among businesses and other large-scale organizations. Red Hat is also the sponsoring entity, however, behind Fedora, a Linux OS for individual users that has the shining distinction of having elicited this answer from Linux creator Linus Torvalds, in response to a question from a 2012 interview about which Linux he uses on his personal computers:

"Fedora, on everything. I tried to run openSUSE, but I get so fed up at some of the things they do."

Earlier this week, the Fedora Project announced the "general availability" of Fedora 23, the newest stable version of Fedora. While prior versions had whimsical code names like "Spherical Cow" and "Werewolf," Fedora 23, like prior versions 22 and 21, is identified only by number. In keeping with the recently drafted Fedora.next initiative, Fedora 23 arrives in three different editions, for server, workstation, and cloud.

 

Oracle Certification Drifts Into The Cloud

 

In keeping with the general trend of shifting more and more of the world's computing functions to cloud platforms, database giant Oracle is claiming its own wedge of pie in the sky (so to speak). Amid the general hoopla of Oracle's annual OpenWorld conference last week in San Francisco, Oracle Certification announced the release of new cloud certifications tuned to Oracle products. Cloud computing is casting an ever-widening shadow across the IT realm, so it's hardly surprising to see more and more certifications emerging to help IT professionals keep pace. Oracle's new cloud credentials are available across a wide range of Oracle products and services. If you're an Oracle certified professional who's been dying to get some support and direction for new cloud-based applications, well, the day of deliverance has finally arrived.

 

Cisco Releases Comprehensive Cloud Computing Report

 

Is it starting to seem like November might be National Cloud Computing Awareness Month (NCCAM)? (Note: NCCAM is not a thing.) (Further note: Yet.) Cisco is providing some cloud coverage in a major way with the release, at the end of October, of its Global Cloud Index. The both literally and figuratively massive report, as pointed out by Cisco Learning Network blogger Gary Pfitzer, makes heavy use of the term "zettabyte," which expresses a quantity of data equal to 1 trillion gigabytes. Egads! The boom in cloud technology is enabling businesses and other organizations to store, deliver, manipulate and analyze zettabyte-sized quantities of data. That's just the tip of an iceberg's worth of reportage and analysis that aims to project cloud growth over the next four years, into 2019. If the average IT professional had any doubt that cloud computing is here to say, well, there are apparently several zettabytes' worth of reasons to reconsider. And, you know, maybe the average IT professional should start looking around for some cloud certification programs to help get his or her skill set up to speed.

 

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