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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 7)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, (ISC)² says there are not nearly enough skilled cybersecurity professionals to go around, Certification Magazine has a list of top training providers, and more.

(ISC)² Study Shows Pace of Security Skills Shortfall is Picking Up


Best Big Data certs Image 1With each new revelation of cyberhavoc wreaked upon yet another business, government, or other organization, executive boards and leadership teams around the world are feeling increased pressure to secure and protect vital data from hackers. Want a fat salary in a hot profession? Get a security certification. It's been widely reported that there are not enough skilled security workers to meet frantically growing demand, but new research now indicates that the employment gap is widening at a faster rate than previously detected. Results of a worldwide survey commissioned by information security association (ISC)² and independent security contractor Booz Allen Hamilton project a shortfall of more than 1.8 million skilled information security professionals by 2022. A previous forecast from 2015 projected a shortfall of just 1.5 million would exist by 2020, meaning that already scarce cybersecurity specialists are about to become harder than ever to find. The data is drawn from the eighth Global Information Security Workforce Study, a survey of more than 19,000 IT security professionals worldwide.


Cybrary Releases New Tools to Manage and Train Security Workers


Speaking of desperately needed information security professionals, it would appear that when there's a knock in one part of the IT world, a door opens in another part. Earlier this week, cybersecurity training provider Cybrary, which offers free training through MOOCs (massive open online courses), released a special toolkit to help enterprise security teams assess and train security workers. The new online platform lets organizations manage and monitor the training of security team members. The platform is intended to help security teams sharpen the skills of existing security workers and build up security skillsets for new workers. Cybrary offers a variety of learning tools, including its popular "micro" certification exams that provided targeted testing in 40-question, 40-minute increments. The Cybrary Teams platform is an open source tool that can be modified to suit the needs of individual organizations.


ISACA Urges Organizations to Be Smart and Strategic When Hiring Security Pros


Sticking to our established theme, a member of the board of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA says that organizations looking for skilled security professionals should exercise caution in hiring. Dark Matter executive vice president Eddie Schwartz posted his thoughts on the ISACA Now Blog earlier this week, recommending that hiring managers be both smart and strategic in seeking out skilled cybersecurity professionals. Schwartz noted that newly minted research by ISACA indicates that many people who apply for cybersecurity jobs are not actually qualified to do those jobs. Combine that observation with the further observation, revealed in the same research, that most corporate cybersecurity openings draw comparatively few applications, and what emerges is a strikingly dismal picture of a largely poisoned well of candidates to draw from. Schwartz recommends that, in addition to carefully screening applicants, organizations focus on training and retention of existing employees.


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