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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 17)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, registration is on for CompTIA ChannelCon, Certification Magazine examines the accelerating trend toward role-based certifications, and more.

What Happens at CompTIA ChannelCon ...


What happen in Vegas is (this year) CompTIA's ChannelCon.'Tis (more or less) the season for tech industry groups to start rounding up IT professionals and other industry insiders for conferences, conventions, trade shows, summits, and other annual gatherings. Some industry meet-and-greets have already happened, and others such grip-and-grins are currently in progress, but many of the biggest business casual conclaves unfold across the late spring, summer, and autumn months. In the middle of last week, registration kicked off for ChannelCon, the signature shindig hosted by tech industry association CompTIA. ChannelCon 2019 will be held Aug. 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. ChannelCon offers separate tracks for business attendees and IT professionals, and will feature the annual presentation of the CompTIA Awards, given in recognition of individuals who are "making a difference in the tech industry." The featured speaker at ChannelCon will be former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative Eric O'Neill, with other participants to be announced in coming months. (There's an active call for speakers open to those with an interest in presenting.)


The Importance of Cybersecurity Wisdom


Speaking of CompTIA, a new post to that august assemblage's IT Career News blog highlights the importance of learning from — as opposed to merely living through — crippling cybersecurity incidents. Blogger Zeshan Sattar argues that individuals and organizations typically collect a wealth of information from breaches and attacks, but often fail to convert that valuable data into culture-changing and protection-and-prevention-enhancing wisdom. Citing data from, Sattar said that more than half of all attacks typically target individuals users, but that companies and other employers largely pay the price of incidents that spawn from a single point of failure. Sattar says that top-down organizational change that moves employees into a cybersecurity-aware mindset is critically needed at most business and organizations. Organizations that haven't been damaged or embarrassed by a large-scale hack can be slow to embrace preventive change, but a proactive emphasis on protecting against attack, rather than a passive plan to clean up after them, will better serve both short-term business goals and long-term business viability.


Getting Employees on Board with Cybersecurity


Speaking of employees who are insufficiently concerned about helping to build a strong cybersecurity culture, blogger Larry Alton checked in this week at the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA to offer tips about how to get workers in the habit of minding their cybersecurity Ps and Qs. Alton said that workers tend to be cybersecurity slackers because they don't fully grasp the problem, because preventive solutions are often inconvenient, and because of the general inertia that leads most people in most places to resist being shaken out of their accustomed routines. There's probably not a one-size-fits-all solution that addresses all of those complications, but Alton has a four-step plan that he recommends to help get individual employees invested and foster change.


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