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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 3)

CompTIA Compares PenTest+ and CEH Certifications


CompTIA takes a swing at CEH.A few months back, tech industry association CompTIA stirred the pot a little by comparing its CASP+ advanced cybersecurity certification to long-established cybersecurity certification top dog CISSP, which is curated by (ISC)². A new post to CompTIA's IT Career News blog revives that fighting spirit by making a series or arguments that favor CompTIA's PenTest+ in a side-by-side comparison with the long-established Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential curated by EC-Council. The post takes the form of a shareable infographic, which concludes, for example, that cybersecurity workers who get PenTest+ are three times more employable than those who get CEH. Another argument in favor of PenTest+, one that mirrors the earlier CASP+ vs. CISSP showdown, is that it's much cheaper to become PenTest+ certified. The PenTest+ exam fee is a mere $349, compared to $1,199 for CEH. Ooooh. Whose name rhymes with Korea and is feeling feisty?!


CompTIA Expands Reach of Creating IT Futures


One area where CompTIA is clearly leading the pack is in terms of providing free training and certification to working adults who want to better their long-term employment prospects by adding IT skills and knowledge to their career toolkit. CompTIA's nonprofit Creating IT Futures arm has been working with upskillers for seven years, and has now expanded its reach to seven cities. Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago, Ill.; and Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minn.; are areas where Creating IT Futures has had a footprint for while. Now Creating IT Futures has established its signature IT-Ready training program in Portland, Ore.; Phoenix, Ariz.; San Antonio, Texas; and San Diego, Calif. This is a great opportunity for workers who want to make a dramatic change in their employment fortunes through IT training and certification, but who don't have the means to get started on their own. It's a thoroughly admirable and praiseworthy enterprise — here's hoping that IT-Ready continues to grow and spread to cities across the nation.


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