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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 26)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA says experts are crowing over the forthcoming PenTest+ credential, an Oracle Certified Master skeptic changes his tune, and more.

Rave Reviews for CompTIA's New PenTest+


CompTIA's new PenTest+ credential has a spy hat in its logo.Tech industry association CompTIA is expanding its portfolio of cybersecurity certifications, and the newest member of the family is already making a splash. CompTIA is well known in the cybersecurity certification realm for its Security+, CySA+, and CASP credentials. Now the brand new PenTest+ credential, set to launch at the end of July, is making waves among those who've already seen some or all of what it has to offer. Penetration testing is a vital element of effective cybersecurity, and the new PenTest+, as detailed in a new post to CompTIA's IT Career news blog, gives a top-to-bottom, start-to-finish overview of the process. There's also a current need to train and deploy a significant number of penetration testers — recent data reveals employment openings for more than 10,000 skilled testers in the United States alone — so the new credential also has the power to beef up a critically underserved sector of the global cybersecurity workforce. PenTest+ also emphasizes the importance of both defensive and offensive tactics, ensuring that certificants will be more well-rounded. Personally, we like the "Spy vs. Spy"-style fedora that CompTIA has incorporated into the new PenTest+ logo.


ISACA Blogger Has Tips for Improving IoT Security


While we're on the subject of cybersecurity, one of the key reasons for growing concern about cybersecurity staffing shortfall is the rapid proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). As more and more devices are connected to the internet, the number of attack vectors for digital malefactors grows exponentially. A new post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA says the scope of the problem is intimidating, but that there are simple measures consumers can take to protect themselves and their increasing array of connected devices. For example, writes blogger Avani Desai, president of global compliance firm Schellman, consumers should always purchase IoT-enabled devices from a reliable and reputable supplier. Consumers should also secure home wi-fi networks with password protection for both users and the home router device. It's worth checking out the entire post for a full review of Desai's suggestions.


Diversification Could Ease Cybersecurity Staffing Skills Gap


The "all cybersecurity, all the time" vibe of this week's Certification Watch continues with a worthwhile read over at the IT and Technical Training Blog of learning facilitator Training Industry. Blogger Taryn Oesch notes that some experts predict there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. One way to combat the problem, Oesch argues, is greater involvement in cybersecurity of women, minorites, and the younger generation. Exhibit A is a new scholarship program of the InfoSec Institute offering free enrollment in cybersecurity training to individuals representing each of four groups: women; ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Aftrican-Americans, Latinos, and American Indians; college seniors; and active or discharged military personnel. There's probably no single cure cybersecurity staffing woes, but making the hiring pool wider and deeper can certainly help the problem.