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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 11)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA is holding an online data protection and privacy summit, Certification Magazine has some advice for open source developers, and more.

ISACA Announces Virtual Summit on Data Protection and Privacy

 

Privacy is troublesome issue for many in IT.There is data all around. Not only that, but a lot of it belongs to individuals, or at least individuals have been granted the legal right to determine — in whole or in part, depending on where you live — what is done with it. That creates a number of challenges for businesses and privacy professionals charged with finding a pathway through the emerging forest of legislation. Those hoping to uncover a little guidance and assistance can turn, if they wish, to a free virtual gathering coming up next week, hosted by security and governance association ISACA. The half-day Virtual Summit: The Future of Data Protection and Privacy will take place March 21 from 10 a.m. (Eastern) to 2 p.m. (Eastern). There will be three sessions: "From GDPR to California Privacy: Managing Cloud Vendor Risk," "Know Your Data: Your Path to Effective Auditing and Data Protection," and "Is a Risk-Based Approach to Data Privacy Possible?" Registration is required to attend and participate; additional information about the event is available online.

 

Does CompTIA A+ Still Matter in an Increasingly Virtualized World?

 

Once upon a time not so long ago there was an unquestioned need for almost every large-scale business to have either a help desk or easy access to technical support. Yet as virtualization transfers more and more business computing operations to massive offsite systems with their own dedicated personnel, it's a least an open question in the minds of some whether there is a ticking clock on the relevancy of nuts-and-bolt desktop and laptop hardware and software skills. That thorny topic is tackled in a recent post to the IT Career News blog of leading tech industry association CompTIA. In particular, blogger Chris Hodson zeroes in on A+, the long-lived CompTIA hardware and software certification that is, in some ways, one of cornerstones of the entire IT certification industry. Hodson advises patience among those panicking about whether A+ should be (or is about to be) swept under the rug of IT relevancy. It's a pretty exhaustive rebuttal and worth taking the time to read for anyone who envisions a future where A+ certification doesn't count for much.

 

Dell EMC Wants Certified Professionals to Help Create New Exams

 

A key resource for IT certification programs that sometimes goes untapped is the knowledge and experience of people who hold a given program's credentials. These are people who tend to have a broad working knowledge of the the products and tools (or skills and knowledge) that need to be covered by new exams. The Dell EMC Proven Professional program is hoping to harness the collective knowledge of its pool of credential holders with a pair of upcoming exam workshops. Participants will help create new certification exams, and then assist in a follow-up field review of each exam. The first workshop begins April 15, so you have some time to prepare. Hit the link included above for additional information.