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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 40)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, this cert is to that cert as — an ISACA blogger says CISM and CISSP are like birds of a feather, CompTIA compares Project+ to PMP, and more.

ISACA Blogger: Security Certification Not an Either-Or Proposition


Are CISM and CISSP actually complementary?In the minds of many, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) issued by (ISC)² and the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) issued by ISACA are competing credentials that validate essentially the same information security skill set. It's a MAD Magazine-style Spy vs. Spy relationship. On the other hand, guest blogger Yunique Demann says in a post the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association of ISACA, "Why can't we be friends?" As Demann, a professional security and compliance director, sees it, CISSP and CISM are more like peas in a pod, or more like peanut butter and chocolate, than like romantic rivals for the same suitor. Demann's own experience of earning CISSP first, and then getting CISM, means that she sees CISSP as providing a solid foundation to earn the more advanced CISM. She's writing for an ISACA blog, however, so you'd expect her to give some degree of preferment to the ISACA credential. Still, it's an interesting take on a situation that may not be as much of a competition as many would suppose.


Oracle Certification Weighs Digital Badge Design


Oracle is in the midst of a corporate rebranding endeavor that has now trickled down to Oracle Certification. Unfolding from the revamped mission statement, "Our mission is to help people see data in new ways, discover insights, unlock endless possibilities" (which really feels like it ought to have the word "and" in there somewhere), the new direction has new colors (no more sole-reliance on that signature Oracle fire-engine red) and a new rustic vibe. Oracle Certification is in the process of redesigning the digital badges that correspond to its certifications and wants your input. If you have a dog — or rather, a digital badge — in this fight, then click on over to Oracle, take a look at the proposed designs and color schemes, and chime in.


Math Knowledge Offers an Important Path to IT Employability


Math has always been a key element of information technology, but math skills are growing in importance as IT advances, and employers are stepping up their offers to skilled mathematicians. A new article at, the official website of Certification Magazine, outlines the burgeoning market for math acumen. Key realms of IT opportunity for skilled mathematicians include cyrptography, data science, computer animation, game development, programming, and software development. If you have a head for numbers and you're pondering a university degree, then going full-bore into advanced mathematics is a great way to line yourself up for both career success and financial security via IT.


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