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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 47)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Cisco Learning Network ponders the importance of staying relevant in computer networking, the Certification Magazine Salary Survey is wrapping up, and more!

Keep Your Computer Networking Edge


It takes time and effort to stay abreast of computer networking changes.The only thing faster than the pace of change in information technology is the Flash. It almost goes without saying that a huge part of any working IT professional's daily reality is keeping up with new developments. A new post to the VIP Perspectives blog over at Cisco Learning Network offers advice to computer networking professionals who are struggling to keep up. Certified networking professional Daniel Dib underlines the importance of sharpening so-called "soft skills," such as improving one's "collaborative demeanor" and honing one's ability to communicate in writing. Dib also points out that maintaining technical skills is essential, and highlights such critical areas of focus as TCP/P, IPv6, coding, and of course security. If computer networking is your specialization and you're looking to stay sharp, then there's lots of good advice here.


Lay a Foundation for Your IT Career with Networking


Sticking to the subject of computer networking, we flip over to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA. CompTIA executive James Stanger dropped by the blog at the end of last week to offer some advice for individuals who are eyeing an information technology career, but aren't sure where to start. Stanger makes the case for computer networking knowledge and skills as the foundation on which to build more or less any IT career. Stanger recalls being a relative newcomer to information technology at a time when the "new thing called the web" was making waves in IT circles. Then a graduate student, Stanger caught on as part-timer working for one Dr. Henry Snyder at the University of California, Riverside. Snyder patiently helped Stanger build both his knowledge of computers, and what would become a lifelong interest in teaching, by walking him through the basics of computer networking. It's worth taking the time to click over and read the whole thing.


EC-Council: Inadequate Cybersecurity Causing Financial Catastrophes


Who out there needs a pick-me-up? If you want to feel like you're on top of the world, looking down on creation, then skip this next item. A new blog post at EC-Council University, the training and certification arm of cybersecurity association EC-Council, warns that the persistent shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers is endangering the computerized commerce engines that drive the world economy. There's no good news here, maybe other than that system hasn't collapsed — yet. The problem, it would seem, is fourfold: large swaths of our ever-increasing array financial technology are lacking adequate security controls, the mobile banking boom is opening up a dangerous attack vector, security poilicies aren't keeping pace with new forms of hacking, and the cybersecurity personnel who are on the job aren't performing at peak efficiency. If you want to secure a bright future for yourself in IT, then start building up your cybersecurity acumen.


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