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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 46)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, EC-Council is ready to rank the world's best ethical hackers, Certification Magazine has information about becoming a data engineer, and more.

EC-Council Launches Global Certified Ethical Hacker Rankings


EC-Council is ranking the best Certified Ethical Hackers in the world.There's generally not a lot of crossover between the world of professional sports, where there is endless wrangling over how the top individual athletes should be ranked, and the world of professional computing, where ranking is typically restriced to measuring the speed or efficiency of various machines and processes. Now EC-Council is out to change all of that with the launch of a "Global Ethical Hacking Leaderboard" to rank the world's "best" ethical hackers. All of them? OK, maybe not all of them. For now, it appears, the Globabl Ethical Hacking Leaderboard is restricted to rating the gifts of white hat hackers who hold EC-Council's popular and widely respected Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential. EC-Council CEO Jay Bavisi said in a press release announcing the rankings that leaderboard will not attempt to weight the accomplishments of everyone who holds the credential. Rather, only the "absolute best" CEH holders — more specifically, those whose proficiency has been measure in special challenges required of those seeking to add "Master" to their CEH designation — will be ranked. "These professionals were subjected to the highest standards of testing in the field of ethical hacking via challenges posed by EC-Council," Bavisi said. "Only a limited number of Ethical Hackers have managed to make the leaderboard as competition is intense."


Young IT Professionals Can Benefit from Professional Networking


It's generally considered wise to start making professional connections as soon as possible upon entering the workforce in one's chosen profession. Depending on various circumstances like where you live, or where you go to school, many people can even start the process prior to completing their formal education. The value of such professional networking is the subject a recent post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and goverance association ISACA. Blogger Morgan Phelps, a security specialist at Bank of America, emphasizes the value to newcomers of meeting and greeting fellow professionals and includes a number of tips about how and where to get started. For example, Phelps recommends that professional networking should be part of the regular work routine for young professionals, as opposed to something that is only considered during active job seeking. Phelps suggests that professional connections will be most personally rewarding and professionally fruitful when treated like any other relationship — ongoing attention will be far more appreciated than occasional consideration. If you're just starting out in IT, or if you've never thought much about professional networking, then it's worth clicking over to the full post.


The Impact of IT on the Construction Industry


IT affects almost everything and it's always interesting to get direct information about the impact of new and emerging technologies in places that one wouldn't immediately think of technology as being highly visible and influential. A recent post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA highlights different ways that technology is changing the construction industry. Excerpted from a recent CompTIA conference presentation by Steven Capper, CIO of Dutch construction services firm Royal BAM Group, the post includes specifics about the impact of drones, business information modeling, artificial intelligence, and more. It's an eye-opening read and suggests a lot of the unsuspected, behind-the-scenes impacts of ongoing IT growth and development.


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