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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 37)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, tech industry association CompTIA is offering scholarships to aspiring tech pros, Certification Magazine engages with the issue of bias in AI, and more.

Get a Scholarship from CompTIA

 

CompTIA is offering $20,000 worth of scholarships to student members.Education, and in particular IT education, costs money. The cost of higher education is typically, er, "high," of course, and IT education frequently includes additional costs related to certification testing, study materials, and so forth. There are various different paths to covering the cost of getting a degree, or pursuing IT certification, or taking an unpaid internships to gain valuable IT experience. Scholarships are a key piece of the expense mitigation puzzle, and on that front tech industry association CompTIA is here to help. CompTIA is offering 10 scholarships to students members of CompTIA, each of which is worth $2,000. (Not a student member of CompTIA? There's a quick-and-easy solution to that.) Scholarships are awarded on the basis of participation in local chapters for student members of CompTIA, among other factors, so brand new student members may be at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to this year's scholarships. If you're pusruing a career in IT and you want to throw your hat in the ring, then there is an application to fill out online. The deadline to apply is Oct. 16, so don't wait too long to take action.

 

Linux Foundation Announces Entry-Level Linux Credential

 

Getting a certification can be a great way to embark on a mission to explore a new sector of the information technology (IT) galaxy. Many certifications, however, are designed to help IT professionals with an intermediate or advanced level of experience and understanding in the technology being certified. So it's always nice when a new entry-level credential emerges to help those interested in a given technology get started on a certification-driven path to fluency. This week, it's the nonprofit Linux Foundation that is adding another star to the overall Linux certification constellation. The new credential, Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA) will become available in November. LFCA is intended to "test candidates’ knowledge of fundamental IT concepts including operating systems, software application installation and management, hardware installation, use of the command line and basic programming, basic networking functions, security best practices, and more." More details about exam coverage and domains will be made available upon the launch of the new credential in November. The Linux Foundation already offers both intermediate (Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmn) and advanced (Linux Foundation Certified Engineer) credentials.

 

ISACA Bloggers Discuss the Thorny Problem of Election Security

 

The upcoming general election in the United States will determine a number of things, most prominently including whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be inaugurated to a four-year term as president in January. For a number of reasons, there are unusually high levels of concern about the security of the general election, which will be spread out across a vast geographical area and managed by a patchwork quilt of federal and state agencies. If you've been wondering what the specific challenges are, as well as what potential solutions that are being deployed, then you will doubtless enjoy reading through a pair of new posts to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA. Both bloggers, in addition to holding ISACA certifications, are state elections officials. Guest blogger Donna Gomez is a risk and compliance analyst employed by Johnson County in Kansas, while Kevin McDermott is chief technology officer (CTO) for the Cook County clerk's office in Illinois.

 

Who Is Determining the Parameters of Artificial Intelligence

 

AI concept robot arm holding circuit board 3x2 CROPThe future of many, many different aspects of the world we live in will be impacted by the ongoing refinement and deployment of artificial intelligence. Given that AI will touch all of us in some way, it makes sense that AI should represent the perspectives, behaviors, inclinations, and insights of as diverse a subset of humanity as possible. We're already behind the curve in that regard, unfortunately, with an overwhelming percentage of AI research and development to date having been conducted by white men. Where do we go from here? That's the subject of a new article from the July issue of Certification Magazine that recently appeared at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine. Science fiction has predicted for years that AI will eventually become self-aware, but there are almost certainly generations of research and development to be conducted before we reach that frontier — if indeed we ever do — and humans will be shaping everything about AI up to that point. If you've followed the debate over AI perspectives, or you'd like to know more about it, then this article is a good place to enter the discussion.

 

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