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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 7)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, EC-Council can help you get qualified to assess "threat intelligence," Bill Gates wants the world to have a better flush, and more.

EC-Council Can Help You Lock Down Threat Intelligence


Knowing where hackers will strike and stopping them before they do is big business.There are an increasing number of roles in the information technology realm for individuals who can assess data and make decisions based on that assessment. A key area of application for this emerging skill set is the threat intelligence sphere. Threat intelligence is raw information about potential cybsercurity threats, and security professionals who can sift that information, detect key attack vectors, and neutralize potentical attacks are in high demand. A new EC-Council blog post gives an overview of the importance of threat intelligence and directs attetion to EC-Council's Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst (CTIA) credential. Since the purpose of threat intelligence is proactive cybersecurity, or discovering and shoring up vulnerabilities before bad actors can find and exploit them, there are huge incentives for organizations to invest in gathering the right data and properly analyzing it. A bad breach can lead to a yearslong succession of cleanup and remediation expenses. Anyone who has the skills to master a credential like CTIA will gain a potent calling card for their next job search.


CompTIA Blogger Touts 'Invisible' Benefits of Certification


There are plenty of upfront, out-in-the-open benefits of getting a certification. Some jobs require or incentivize certification. Sometimes certification is essential to developing a well-rounded working knowledge of certain technologies and products. The obvious advantages of earning a certification, however, aren't the only ones. In a new post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA, blogger Matthew Stern discusses the under-the-radar benefits of having a certification or two in your back pocket. Consultant and project manager Dan Nightengale is the focus of the post, which discusses how Nightengale began accumulating a stockpile of CompTIA while serving as a U.S. military IT specialist. Since returning to civilian life in 2010, Nightengale has never been unemployed, a happy circumstance that he attributes to his well-stocked certification portfolio. "I’ve never had a situation where I’ve been unemployed, trying to find a job,” Nightengale said. “I think having certifications allowed me to do that a lot better than not having them would have.”


Are Your IT Certifications 'Money in the Bank'


One frequently touted benefit of getting a certification is that there's a growing body of evidence to suggest that certified individuals tend to earn higher salaries than their non-certified counterparts. Industry observers often caution that getting a cert to lock in increased earning power represents misguided thinking at best, but the question comes up for discussion consistently. One recent example is a just-posted article from the January issue of Certification Magazine. Certification guru Aaron Axline traces the certification = increased salary assertion to its roots, and adds his own opinion to the ongoing debate. Whether or not you agree that income is inarguably inflated by certification, it's interesting to hop back in time to the roots of the IT certification movement and see where all the shouting is coming from.


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