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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 38)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, (ISC)² has a new version of its healthcare IT security certification, Pearson VUE and PMI are teaming up to help military personnel get certified, and more.

(ISC)² Releases First Refresh of Healthcare Security Cert

 

(ISC)² has released a new version of its HCISPP cert.A key subset of information security is the branch of data protection devoted to securing the vast caches of medical data stored by healthcare providers and insurance companies. Information security professional association (ISC)² made one of the first serious forays into the field by launching its HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) credential in 2013. Six years down the road, the HCISPP has undergone its first major overhaul. The newly refreshed HCISPP helps cybersecurity experts mesh their knowledge of security with privacy protection training, taking into account new standards like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which was signed into law last year under Gov. Jerry Brown and becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020. The new exam adds a seventh knowledge domain by rejiggering the existing six, but the number of questions on the exam will remain the same. (ISC)²'s official HCISPP training course is being updated and will be available Nov. 1. An outline of the new HCISPP exam is available online.

 

CompTIA and Google Are Certifying Tech Support Professionals

 

The world has need of skilled IT support professionals. Now two titans in the arena of IT support training are teaming up to boost the IT support workforce. Tech industry association CompTIA announced a new partnership with Google this week that aligns Google's IT Support Professional Certificate with the long-lived A+ certification offered by CompTIA. Under the new partnership, aspiring IT support professionals who earn both A+ and the IT Support Professional Certification can claim a new "co-skilled digital badge." The new partners will also promote each other's IT support credentials. In a post to CompTIA's IT Career News blog, blogger Jessalyne Madden writes that the IT Support Professional Certification is an ideal precursor for anyone seeking A+ certification. Madden also writes that there are more than 215,000 unfilled IT support positions just in the United States, so there's plenty of opportunity for career switchers or students who are looking to break into the IT employment realm. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "computer support specialists" earned a median annual salary of $53,470 (equivalent to $25.70 per hour) in 2018.

 

Cybersecurity Specialist Debunks Dark Web Myths

 

You can hire a hit man on the so-called dark web, but there's a good chance that you won't get your money's worth. Computer security expert Chuck Easttom, who discusses the seedy underbelly of the internet in a new post to the EC-Council Blog of security certification provider EC-Council, says that most sites offering to kill people for money are fakes. They'll take your money — they just won't follow through on your request.  Easttom, who has written numerous books and scientific papers, is the creator of EC-Council's new Dark Web Forensics Workshop, a one-day workshop that provides a "complete guide to dark web investigations." Eastom notes that while the dark web's promise of anonymity does attract a criminal element, much of what exists there is benign: discussion forums, interest groups, and so forth.