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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 34)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA puts a new spin on Linux certification testing in the beta launch of its latest exam, one man earns more than 200 Oracle certifications, and more.

CompTIA Leaps Forward with New Linux+ Exam


CompTIA is launching an all-new version of its popular Linux+ exam.There's a whole lot of shaking going on over at tech industry association CompTIA. To be more precise, CompTIA is shaking things up with the pending release of its newest Linux+ certification exam. Now available in beta, the new Linux+ exam is a single test that replaces the former two-pronged approach, which required certification candidates to pass two separate exams. The old exam codes, LX0-103 and LX0-104, have been ditched in favor of the new XK1-004. The new exam was compiled based on input from Linux subject matter experts (SMEs) recruited from the United States, Europe, Australia, and Central and South America. The new exam features both performance-based questions and hands-on simulations. Linux+ is still designed to cover multiple distributions, preparing exam candidates to succeed in a variety of Linux environments. The beta exam has a bargain-basement $50 price tag; beta participants will be notified of their results in April, following the official launch of the new exam.


CompTIA: Linux Acumen Required for Cybersecurity Success


Speaking of CompTIA and Linux, there's an interesting new article at CompTIA's IT Career News blog that emphasizes the link between Linux and cybersecurity. Because Linux-based operating systems run a massive percentage of the world's servers and network computers, cybersecurity professionals employed to secure and protect those systems need to understand what they'll be looking at and working with. Linux is also used to design, deploy, and operate many of the cybersecurity tools used for penetration testing, system assessments, and forensic analysis in the aftermath of a breach. The new CompTIA article recommends five key areas of focus where cybersecurity professionals would be well-advised to become highly Linux-fluent. If cybersecurity is at the root of your interest in IT, then it would be well worth your time to take a look, and start getting acquainted with Linux.


A Cybersecurity Expert's Work Is Never Done


While we're on the topic of cybersecurity, there's a pithy, yet worthwhile new post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA. Guest blogger Mike Wons of PayIt makes the critical point that cybersecurity is often incorrectly viewed as being an end result and not a process. Instead of looking at cybersecurity as a destination arrived at through following sound policy, Wons argues, both cybersecurity professionals and business and organizational leaders should think of it is as an ongoing, evolving, neverending mission. The goal remains consistent, but there's not a finish line, or point at which decision makers can say, "Well, we handled that. It's done. Everything will be secure now." Wons also argues in favor of taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity, continually attempting to anticipate and prevent attacks and breaches instead of merely responding to them after the fact.


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