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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 23)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Microsoft Learning is letting certification exam takers have a do-over, CompTIA says there are eight steps to getting a certification, and more.

Microsoft Learning Gives Certification Candidates a Break

 

Microsoft is offering its Exam Replay promotion again.Anyone who has ever played a video game can probably empathize with the frustration of getting really, really close to defeating a level, or unlocking a new power-up, and then missing a jump, or not blasting enough bad guys, or whatever it is. The music peters out, the screen goes dark, your fate is sealed by those most hated of words: Game Over. Of course, a video game is never really over until you beat it, and if you got to the right save point, then it's pretty easy to go back and get it right. The average IT certification exam is probably a much tougher nut to crack that at least some video games. And while you can usually take the exam again, the cost of retakes can add up fast. That's why it's always fun to see Microsoft Learning bring back its "Exam Replay" offer. (See why we were thinking of video games?) When you're ready to take a Microsoft exam, Exam Replay lets you either purchase the exam plus a retake, or purchase the exam plus a retake and a practice exam. You can get all of the details online. Exam Replay comes around usually at least once or twice per year, but the window to make a purchase typically doesn't stay open for longer than a month or two. If you're thinking of taking a Microsoft certification exam coming up relatively soon, then you should definitely take advantage of this offer.

 

Tech Workers Should Beware of Burnout

 

At the end of May, the World Health Organization declared that "burnout" is now a legitimate medical diagnosis. That is to say, breakdowns brought on by "chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed" are now something you can seek medical treatment for. If your employer provides your healthcare insurance, then they may even end up ultimately footing the bill — which feels just. This also means that an article addressing burnout in tech workplaces that appeared at CertMag.com this week is already out of date, since it contains no mention of this fairly radical change. The article, which was written for the April print issue of Certification Magazine and just happened to finally show up this week, does have plenty of solid information about burnout. It's a great resource for people in any workplace, but especially for tech workers, who often have high-stress jobs that are exacerbated by a fairly pervasive culture in IT workplaces of knuckling under and pressing through. If you've been dealing with workplace stress, then click over give it a read.

 

ISACA Releases Part Two of Security Survey Report

 

Each year security and governance association ISACA surveys more than 1,500 active cybersecurity professionals who hold ISACA certifications. The point of the survey is to get an assessment of what's happening in cybersecurity from people who are "in the trenches," as they say, every day. The results of the survey are distributed online free of charge as ISACA's annual State of Cybersecurity report. The first half of the State of Cybersecurity 2019 report appeared earlier this year, and part two was released this week. ISACA headlined the release of part two with the disturbing revelation that 50 percent of this year's survey respondents believe that cybercrime is widely underrported, even in instances where businesses and organizations are required by law to report a breach or attack. Given the number of breaches that are disclosed, and the severity of them, it makes you wonder what's going on that directly affects consumers — only they never know to worry because corporate boards or executives aren't reporting attacks.