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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 21)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, (ISC)² gets additional certification for its certifications, Certification Magazine maps out your path to getting a foothold in Big Data, and more.

(ISC)² Cybersecurity Credentials Gain Further Validation


The accuracy of certifications needs to be certified.Just as colleges, universities, and other educational institutions have to be accredited by various independent organizations to affirm the value and validity of their educational programs, IT certifications are generally, um, certified by similarly independent agencies that vouch for their authenticity and correctness. Of course, a stamp of approval from one organization may not carry the same weight everywhere around the world. So even certs that have already been certified can generally always benefit from further certification. Cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² gained another degree of legitimacy for its portfolio of cybersecurity credentials this week with the announcement of full recognition by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The IAF approbation extends the global clout of (ISC)²'s already well-respected and internationally popular brand. (ISC)²'s credentials have already carried the weight of verification by such groups as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for many years.


Oracle University to Offer Online Computer Science Degree


You can do just about anything online these days, including getting all manner of educational degrees. With many large IT companies already sponsoring extensive and complex certification programs, it was probably only a matter of time until one or more them got behind a traditional university degree program. We missed this news when Oracle Certification first started spreading the word, at the end of March, but caught up to it this week. In a groundbreaking move and in partnership with an American MOOC firm and a French university, Oracle University is preparing to launch an online master's degree program in computer science this fall. Some courses are already available for students to work toward an eMBDS (Mobiquitous Big Data and Systems integration). Oracle has been a partner in an MBDS degree program through the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for a number of years already; the eMBDS is unique because all of the coursework and studies can be completed online.


Getting a Grip on Big Data


Big Data becomes more integral to outcomes at most businesses and organizations every day. Advances in computing technology across recent decades have made it so easy to capture and store data, that many businesses and organizations already have more data than they know what to do with. That's largely the thrust of a recent post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA, which considers four challenges of working with Big Data and offers some basic guidance on how to tackle them. For example, some of the more important technologies to consider when working with Big Data are storage (where are you going to put all of your data), deduplication (how will you prune away data that merely replicates other data), and business intelligence (what tools will you need to dig through your data and gain actionable insights from it). It's a little interesting to find this piece at the flagship blog of CompTIA's widely beloved certification program: Big Data is a notable blind spot of the CompTIA certification portfolio, one of the few major IT certification realms that has no corresponding CompTIA credential.