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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 5)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Oracle encourages IT pros to build a foundation with certification, CompTIA tells curious outsiders how to take IT for a "test drive," and more.

Oracle Says Certification Is More than Just a One-Time Power-Up


Certification can be a strong foundation for your IT career.There's often a tendency among tech professionals and certification industry observers to write about certification like it's one of those mushrooms or fire flowers that pops up when Mario punches a question mark box in one of the Super Mario Bros. video games. The mushroom makes Mario big and it's easier for him to do stuff until bumping into an enemy knocks him back down to mini-size. Get a cert, enjoy instant benefits. After a while, get another one. Over at the Oracle Certification Blog, senior program manager Brandye Barrington chimed in last week with an important reminder that certification, properly utilized, can be much more than just a temporary boost. The point of getting a cert, Barrington opines, is larger than just nailing down a job or getting a salary boost. Certification instead helps you create a foundation for a thriving tech career. Each new cert builds on the learning and skills gained from the previous one, adding to an overall knowledge base that can keep your tech career growing for years to come.


The First Big Cybersecurity Meltdown of 2018 Is Here — How Are Your Patches?


That didn't take long. Most of us are still writing 2017 on our checks — or we would be, if "writing checks" were still a thing that anyone ever did — and the global body of computer users is already embroiled in the first major cybersecurity panic of the new year. Two serious hardware vulnerabilities, nicknamed Meltdown (See what we did there?) and Spectre, have been on the loose for months, but were publicly disclosed on Jan. 3 by researchers from four different teams. Writing for the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA at the end of last week, cybersecurity executive Alex Holden said that applying patches to upgrade affected hardware and software is of paramount importance. Patching is highly advisable in the aftermath of any major disruption, but Holden says it's particularly critical to protect against further damage from Meltdown and Spectre.


Microsoft Learning to Microsoft Certified Professionals: Help Us Help You


As the Spice Girls once requested of the world at large, so now Microsoft is also seeking information regarding the desires of certified professionals: Tell us what you want, what you really really want. Got something that you would like to see discussed on the Born To Lean Blog of Microsoft Learning, the training and certification arm of software behemoth Microsoft? Make your voice heard by clicking the above link and adding your request or suggestion in the comments at the specified Born To Learn Blog post. Let's face it, it's not often that the world lets you tell it what to do. Make your suggestion (or ask that burning question) today!