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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 45)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Oracle Certification uncovers the most important reason to get certified, ISACA offers tips to help you achieve CGEIT certification, and more.

Secrets of the Universe Revealed: Oracle Certification


CW 11 8 17 secrets of the universeThe Oracle Certification Blog is often focused on bite-sized (Or should that be byte-sized?) nuggets of advice or information. The impulse seems to be to drop a tidbit of knowledge that visitors to the blog can snatch up on the go, and quickly be off to wherever else the whims of workday internet surfing are calling. Just because ideas are sometimes pithy or simple, however, doesn't mean that they can't still have power, and the OCB featured a worthwhile response to a significant question at the end of last week. Observers of the IT certification realm often dispense various rationales for certification — better salary, workplace promotion, etc. — and frequently rate them in comparison to one another. Blogger Brandye Barrington, however, is probably closer to the mark than most when she identifies the most important reason to get a certification. You'll have to click over to find out where she landed in this particular search for meaning, and her answer is not exactly shocking or original. It is a worthwhile reminder, however, that purely practical considerations aren't always the most important ones.


Microsoft Learning Encourages Participation in Surveys


It's an opportune moment for anyone who likes to complete surveys and share information about the impact of IT certification. Microsoft Learning, the certification and training arm of software giant Microsoft, is out to encourage participation in two such data-gathering endeavors. Blogger Selina Winter points first to the annual Salary Survey now underway at the Certification Magazine website. Faithful readers of Certification Watch are, or should be, well aware of that particular opportunity by now. You may not be aware, however, that Global Knowledge is also conducting its similar IT Skills and Salary Survey. Both surveys are a source of valuable information for anyone and everyone who has either a passing or professional interest in IT certification. So fire up your mouse finger and get to clicking. This is one of those grand social experiments — or perhaps more accurately, two of them — that can only succeed at all with a whole lot of volunteer spirit. And, of course, the more people who participate, the richer the data and the better the outcome for all of us.


CompTIA CyberSeek Reveals Intense Cybersecurity Hiring Demand


Lest there be any level of doubt that the global IT workforce is staring into a yawning abyss of unmet cybersecurity employment overtures, there's further hard evidence this week that employers are desperate to hire skilled security specialists. IT industry association CompTIA, reporting data from its collaborative CyberSeek venture with labor and analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, alleges that U.S. employers alone posted 285,681 cybersecurity job openings just in the past year. Burning Glass spokesman Matthew Sigelman isn't just whistling "Dixie" when he observes, "The demand for skilled and certified cybersecurity professionals is surging from coast to coast and border to border." More to the point, Sigelman says that the demand for skill security professionals "significantly" outstrips supply in every U.S. state. If you're considering a new direction for your IT career, then definitely give some thought to cybersecurity. There are many, many employers who'd love to meet you.


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