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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 43)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification new, Cisco Learning Network talks terms (inculding "virtualization"), Certification Magazine tours the United States, Salary Survey-style, and more!

Cisco Learning Network: Virtualization and You


We're seeing the tip of the virtualization iceberg.Virtualization is a hot topic in the information technology (IT) universe, including in the computer networking sector. As it does in many other areas of IT, virtualization in networking holds the promise of greater flexibility and adaptability than is available from setups dictated and defined by hardware and physical connections. We're probably only looking at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential of virtualization, but as described in a recent post to the VIP Perspectives blog of Cisco Learning Network, what we can see already is pretty darn cool. Network virtualization, we're told, already "enables extreme redundancy, quick disaster recoveries, smart power-saving techniques, extreme flexibility in network designs, enforcing security policies that were not possible before, and so much more." There's a lot to chew on just in that sentence. If you're interested in the wider possibilities, then definitely click over and have a look.


CompTIA Explains IT All: Certs, Certificates, and Degrees


The words "certificate" and "certification" are so close together that it's easy to see how they get mixed up, misunderstood, and used interchangeably. A new post the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA sets out so solve some of the confusion while also tackling the endless IT wrangle of whether it's more beneficial to enter a given tech field by means of a certificate, a certification, or a university degree. Probably because (still, for a few more days) this is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), blogger Debra McCraw engages with all of this from a cybersecurity perspective: Which of the three is your best bet to gain security-specific knowldge and skills? Certificates, McCraw says, are primarily tied to educational institutions (much like degrees), while certifications are typically offered by professional associations and corporations. There's lots more to learn before making your decision, and this is a great place to get a basic idea about what's available.


Get New Hires Up to Speed on Cybersecurity Best Practices


Speaking of acquiring important cybersecurity knowledge, a new filed under Compliance over at IT education facilitator Training Industry talks about how to help new hires quickly learn cybersecurity best practices. Given the ever-growing importance of sound organizational cybersecurity, this is an area of concern for all businesses and other groups. Blogger Jeff Peters has four key recommendations, the first of which will make a lot of sense. Peters says its important to not let any grass grow under the feet of your new employees, and recommends getting started with cybersecurity awareness and education as soon as you bring a new hire onboard. There's always a lot for new employees to take in but, in Peters' words, "If you put cybersecurity on the back burner, don't be surprised if your employees follow suit."


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