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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 40)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA identifies the year's best cybersecurity jobs (and tells you how to get them), Certification Magazine dispels myths about 5G, and more.

CompTIA Wants You to Have All the Best Cybersecurity Jobs


There are lots of good cybersecurity jobs that need qualified professionals to fill them.For the benefit of those who have not yet heard, October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Or maybe it's just Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM?) now — the "National" (N) descriptor seems to have fallen out of favor. At any rate, tech industry association CompTIA is among the many groups stepping up to offer advice connected to cybersecurity. A new post this week to the official CompTIA blog lists eight sizzling cybersecurity job titles, each accompanied by an average annual salary figure based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, the top-salaried role on the list is Network Engineer/Architect, which comes with a salary of $112,690. Beyond just listing some likely job titles for both aspiring and seasoned cybersecurity professionals to focus on, blogger Eileen Ristau Tauchman has some detailed advice about the steps that most people follow to land in those coveted roles. Actually, the gaining of job-ready skills is probably the biggest roadblock to entering this realm of particularly gainful employment: There are presently more than 500,000 open positions just in the United States.


Microsoft Launches New Dynamics 365 Certification


There are times in life when you have to run to keep up. With the Microsoft Learn certificaction team, however, it's more like a dash. Microsoft is so busy expanding the scope of its certification program these days that it feels like there's a new certification every week. This week, the new certification is a satellite in the constellation of Dynamics 365, the enterprise resource planning and CRM software developed and sold by Microsoft. The new credential is a bit of a mouthful: Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant. Here's how Microsoft Learn certification guru Liberty Munson lays it out: "Do you run the user interface in collaboration with the implementation team to provide the business with manageability and ease of navigation and configure role centers, including adapting insights, cues, action tiles, reports, charts, and extending Business Central by using Microsoft Power Platform components? If so, do you want to be a certified functional consultant? Of course you do." Sounds like a winner.


Getting the Next Tech Support Person Up to Speed


There are quite a few vital and valuable career skills that can help any certified IT professional thrive, but that you can't learn or train to accomplish by getting a certification. One of these is the responsibility — often delegated to IT professionals in a variety of roles — of getting a coworker or new employee up to speed about how to do your (and their) job. In that light, there's an excellent new post to the blog of certification training company CBT Nuggets that provides an in-depth overview of what you need to know, and how you should proceed, when called on to train a new tech support specialist. Tech support is an important IT function, but one that is also often seen as a stepping stone to more important things. This means that there's a lot of turnover in tech support, and that if you have that job, there's a good chance you'll be handing it off to someone new, and probably sooner than you think. This blog post is a excellent resource for how to proceed.


The 5G Revolution Will Not Be [Some Crazy Things You May Have Heard]


5G technology is a realm of truth and misinformation.The ongoing development and rollout of 5G cellular technology is a huge point of conversation both in the IT networking realm and elsewhere. Unfortunately, the talking points, particularly outside the technical realm, are often a bit, well, "fruity as a nutcake" would be putting it mildly. There are imortant things to know and understand about 5G, of course, but there are just as many ideas out there that shouldn't even be repeated, in keeping with the principle that amplifying nonsense to any degree only convinces more people that it's true. At any rate, there's an excellent article from the July issue of Certification Magazine that migrated to, the official magazine website, at the end of September and gives a clear and conscise overview of both the salient points and the "myth"information.


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