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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 41)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Cisco takes up the cause of "intent-based" networking, Red Hat aims to pay tribute to trailblazing women in open source software development, and more.

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Man working in cardboard boxAt some point or another in life, we’ve all probably felt a little bit like Sam I Am. Sam, as readers of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham surely recall, is the tireless and endlessly creative culinary diversification advocate who makes repeated attempts to interest the epic tale’s nameless protagonist in a platter of atypically viridian breakfast meats. (Eggs are meat, too. They’re just harvested in a more embryonic state than most meat.) The team at Certification Magazine probably has a fair degree of empathy for Sam, given their ongoing efforts to get certified IT professionals to take the annual Salary Survey. (It’s up right now, and you can participate until Nov. 20 at noon.) As Dr. Seuss well knew, sometimes you have to just keep asking until you wear people down. The Salary Survey produces a lot of valuable data, and as certified IT professionals, we can probably all appreciate the importance of that. If you have an IT certification, then give the CertMag crew a break and go participate. Besides, you’ll probably like it if you do. Just like the guy who finally ate Sam’s green eggs and ham. Would you, could you, in a box?


Getting to Know You: Intent-Based Networking


What is the most effective and efficient way to design and build a computer network? Answering that questions is driving interest in rising specialization of “intent-based” networking. In a nutshell, intent-based networking considers the desired end result and works backward from there. That’s as opposed to the more traditional approach, in which an administrator gathers the components of a network, assembles it following more-or-less standard configurations, and then figures out what to do with it. There’s an excellent introduction to the topic at Cisco Learning Network’s VIP Perspectives blog this week. Which is timely, given that Cisco is making a push to become a marketplace leader “IBNS,” or intent-based networking systems. Given Cisco Learning Network’s robust and responsive certification program, it seems like that there will be IBNS certifications on the way in the near future. That’s something for leading-edge networking professionals to keep on their radar.


Four Easy Steps to Start Your Career in Cybersecurity


Equifax is picking up the pieces. The sky is still falling at Yahoo! Who knows what formerly revered bastion of security and trust will be next? Just in case you’ve wondered whether it’s safe to log on — to anything, ever again — the good folks over at tech industry association CompTIA’s IT Career New blog are reporting that there’s a business-targeted ransomware attach somewhere in the world every 40 seconds. That’s the lead-in to a new post this week that lists four steps you can take to (Voila!) get a career in cybersecurity. It’s fairly basic stuff: know where to look for work, know how to assess your cybersecurity skills, and so forth. What sets this particular advice apart is that CompTIA is supplementing its suggestions with tools to help you complete each of the four steps. For example, do you want to rate your knowledge of cybersecurity? CompTIA has a quiz for that. If you’ve been sniffing around the cybersecurity realm and looking for a way in, then this is not a bad place to start.


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