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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 29

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, a writer for CertMag recaps the best advice he's ever heard about getting a certification, an ISACA blogger is holding out for a muckraker, and more.

Friendly Advice About How To Get a Certification


Advice is everywhere.Advice has been an important part of life throughout most of human history. Some of the most famous written works in the Western canon, from Bible's Book of Proverbs (attributed to King Solomon and others) to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, are essentially collections of advice for living. Confucianism is an entire system of thought and behavior that grew out of the life advice taught by Confucius. Let's face it: We all like to invent rules for living, and we enjoy passing those rules on to other possibly even more than we enjoy thinking them up in the first place. All of this is at play in a recent article at, the official website of Certification Magazine, in which tech writer Nathan Kimpel (also a contributor here at GoCertify), examines some common advice and applies it to IT certification. It turns out that a lot of the good advice out there that addresses how deal with different situations in life makes a whole lot of sense when you apply it to IT certification. Yeah, we know the old saying about "free advice," but we think you'll agree that Kimpel's article offers some guidance that's worthy of being incorporated into your day-to-day IT certification activities.


You Don't Have to Be Chained to That Help Desk Job


In the IT universe, working at this or that company's help desk is, for many, like working in fast food: It's a first step into the workaday world. You earn cash to pay for things like students loans and rental fees for your first-ever apartment. You get some experience and make some friends. There's probably even an IT equivalent to eating all of the fries you can hold and getting free refills from the soda machine. In a lot of cases, however, the help desk is viewed as being a first step toward something more exciting (and generally more lucrative). So, if your help desk job is a first step, then what comes next? We now turn the time over to the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA, where there's a new article this week that takes aim at precisely that question. Once you've put in some time at the help desk, what's your next move? You might be surprised: It turns out that there are a lot of different places that you can go with a little seasoning from working at a help desk. Not only that, but there are a number of CompTIA certifications available to help you take that next step. (Come on, you had to guess that was the direction this was leading.) Click over to find out what the possiblities are.


The Cybersecurity Sphere Needs Its The Jungle


The cybersecurity industry needs a muckraker!As a great many American high school graduates could tell you — well, at least the ones who were paying attention in English class — The Jungle is an an early 20th-century American novel that is famous for convincingly and accurately portraying the unsanitary and health-endangering food preparation practices of the meat packing industry in Chicago. Sinclair himself was more concerned about the exploitation of workers (many of them immigrants) that is also depicted in the novel. But the most direct repercussion of his bold jeremiad was that President Teddy Roosevelt spurred Congress to passage of various food industry reforms. The point of all of that is to introduce a recent post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA. Guest blogger Sushila Nair, a cybersecurity executive, uses her space to recap a number of recent cybersecurity attacks. Nair's point is that, despite breach after high-profile breach, few in government and industry seem motivated to demand the sort of broad reforms needed to make better cybersecurity stick. Absent a hornets' nest of public outrage like the one stirred up by Sinclair, Nair fears that the shoulder-shrugging status quo may persist indefinitely.


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