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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 4)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA overhauls its CSX cybersecurity certification program, an Oracle blogger identifies the secret of certification success, Logical Operations wants your survey participation, and more.

ISACA Overhauls CSX Practitioner Credential


Security collaboration conceptWith more and more of the world's business and commercial interaction involving computers and networks, the importance (and business value) of effective and current cybersecurity skills is growing by the day. And with hackers discovering ever more inventive and insidious means of circumventing digital protections — or, you know, just waltzing and taking everything they can find where adequate protection has not even been put in place — cybersecurity certification programs are sprinting to keep up. ISACA introduced its CSX cybersecurity certification program in April 2015, and now the CSX Practitioner (CSXP) credential is undergoing its first big upgrade. Many older, long-established IT credentials have a three-year renewal cycle, so this isn't necessarily big news. That a major new cybersecurity credential needs an overhaul just three years after its creation and release, however, is evidence of the rapid and ongoing struggle between hackers and everyone who has to deal with their deparadations.


Microsoft Knows How to Succeed in Web Development


Unlike what you might have heard about how to succeed in business — from a certain Broadway musical and a former boy wizard in particular — it's farily difficult to achieve success in web development without actually making any effort to acquire and refine certain skills. You have to know what you're doing, and you have to walk before you can run. Fortunately for everyone out there who's looking to get his or her feet wet, Microsoft Learning, the IT training and certification arm of the software giant, has figured out what it takes to succeed in web development. Not only that, but they're willing to give you the secret, free of charge. There's a whole new series avaiable from Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) and edX, five classes in all, that will get you up to speed before you embark on your first web development advetnure. If you have an insatiable appetite for online learning, or if you'd like to discover and explore what is fast becoming the brightest new frontier in education, then online learning outposts like MVA and edX are right in your wheelhouse.


CompTIA Dishes Further Details About Stackable Certifications


There's been a lot of discussion recently of tech industry association CompTIA's new "stackable" certifications initiative. GoCertify's own Ed Tittel dropped some knowledge about stackable certs back before the calendar rolled over to 2018, and the topic came up again just this week in Mike Chapple's overview of important cybersecurity changes to watch for in 2018. For those of you who are "straight from the horse's mouth" types, however, CompTIA is also jumping in to spread the word about stackable certs. A post to CompTIA's own IT Career News blog at the end of last week outlines the programs and gives a blow-by-blow overview of what it means, both for those who already have CompTIA certifications, and those who plan to get them in the future. It's a cool new development, and could signal a pending trend, so it's worth taking the time to check things out and see what's cooking.