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Certification Watch (Vol. 19, No. 44)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, HP takes over the Aruba certification program, CompTIA wants to help woman IT pros add some luster to their résumés, and more.

HP Adds Aruba Credentials to Its Certification Tree


Aruba islandAruba Networks, a hardware and software vendor that builds and sells enterprise-grade wireless LAN and edge access networking tech, was acquired last year by Hewlett Packard. Now HP has followed up that aqcuisition by incorporating Aruba's networking certifications into its own robust and thriving training and education program. The new fodder for would-be certificants includes various levels of certification tied to Aruba's ClearPass network access technology, as well credentials in network design, analytics and mobility. (There's been no word yet whether the affiliated Jamaica Networks, a subsidiary of Beach Boys, Inc., is next in line for acquisition.)


Cisco Offers Pointers to Aspiring Cybersecurity Professionals


Speaking of network technology, there's a growing demand for trained security professionals with a strong networking bent. Among other pressing problems, there a clear and present need to lock down the increasingly vulnerable all-things-to-everyone maze of connectivity known as the Internet of Things. Few companies are as focused on promoting and supporting IoT growth as networking giant Cisco, so it's no surprise that Cisco is also encouraging networking professionals to consider moving in a cybersecurity direction. A week-old post to Cisco Learning Network's Talking Tech with Cisco blog outlines four "pillars" of an IT security career, one of which is giving special attention to certification. The post makes special mention of three credentials in particular, CCNA Security, Cybersecurity Specialist, and CCNA Cyber Ops.


Linux Foundation Issues Call for Increased Cloud Coverage


Security and networking isn't the only niche in IT that needs an immediate infusion of trained professionals. As more and more businesses and organizations become increasingly reliant on cloud computing solutions, the supply of available workers in that sector is also under mounting strain. The Linux Foundation announced this morning that a report issued by Cloud Foundry finds 64 percent of IT employers are already being impacted by the escalating worker shortage. The same report reveals that many employers hope to address the shortfall by training existing employees, so cloud certification endeavors could soon be receiving significant support from tech executives. If there's a cloud crunch where you work, then your boss may be willing to foot some or all of the bill for you to add some cloud credentials to your résumé.


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