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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 30

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA invites you to reflect on all of the good that IT professionals do, ISACA identifies a source of cybersecurity concern, and more.

Did You Hug an IT Professional Today?

 

Be thankful for the IT professionals in your life.Did you know that it's IT Professional Appreciation Week? Because it's IT Professional Appreciation Week. (This happens every year, my dudes. If you can't remember when it's coming, then set yourself a reminder on one of those devices that you're always using to search for parody videos on TikTok.) Tech industry association CompTIA generally takes the lead in drumming up affection and appreciation for the IT professionals in all of our lives, and they're on the job again in 2021. A new post to the official CompTIA blog by CompTIA Chief Technology Evangelist James Stanger notes that consistent demand for IT job skills has insulated IT workers from recent ups and down in the labor market. The lion's share of Stanger's musings, however, is devoted to highlighting the individual contributions of workaday professionals who bring IT into all of the various corners of the world where it lights up our lives. In particular, Stanger spotlights four unique and interesting IT workers, including a woman who manages technology infrastructure and operations for world-famous auction house Christie's (in London), and a man who is the CIO at prestigious military academy West Point (in the United States). If you don't know someone who works in IT, then reading Stanger's fond and illuminating takes will probably make you wish that you did

 

Artificial Intelligence Is Out to Get Us (For Real)

 

It's been more than 20 years since the release of The Matrix, in which a powerful artificial intelligence spawns a race of machines that enslave humanity, turning people into power cells. It's been more than 35 years since the release of The Terminator, which features a killer robot carrying out the orders of a self-aware computer network that has launched a war of extermination against humankind.  It's been more than 40 years since the release of Alien, in which the crew of a commercial space tug is hunted by a vicious extraterrestrial protected and abetted by an uncaring android. It's been more than 50 years since the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which features a sentient computer that supplies the command and control functions for a manned mission to Jupiter and eventually attempts to eliminate the human crew. There are all kinds of other examples, but the point is that movies have been predicting for decades that AI would cause problems for people eventually, and now cybersecurity and governance association ISACA is predicting the same dire fate. Guest blogger Sandra Ajimotokin launches her screed innocuously enough, suggesting that AI will greatly benefit the efforts of human cybersecurity professionals. Like the rest of us, however, Ajimotokin knows that AI can't be entirely trusted. When she writes that "There are several reasons to approach AI with caution," you'll know where she really stands. Even the mostly harmless Her — released a mere eight years ago — feature an AI that falls in love with and "dates" a human, before bumming him out by dumping him.

 

Want to Work for Microsoft? Get To Know Azure

 

Microsoft makes and updates and operates Azure, perhaps the most important cloud computing platform on the market after Amazon Web Services (AWS). So it should come as no surprise that Microsoft is eager to hire individuals who have top-notch Azure skills. You want to make Azure better? Hire people who have knowledge of Azure. One thing that does stand out in the post on this topic at the Insights blog of tech employment facilitator Dice is the following recommendation from blogger Nick Kolakowski: "If you’re unfamiliar with Azure, perhaps the best place to start is Microsoft Learn, which offers a variety of self-paced labs and lessons in Azure and other Microsoft technologies; you can pursue whatever learning track suits you best, and several courses are free." Microsoft Learn, the certification and training arm of Microsoft, is indeed a great resource for building up your Azure skill set.

 

Unfriendly Advice About How to Get a Certification

 

Bad advice doesn't help you get certified.Last week in this space we identified an article at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine, that contained a rundown of helpful advice about how to get an IT certification. This week, the same writer has returned with words of warning. The article discusses more advice that pertains to earning an IT certification, but this time the advice being highlight is bad advice. In other words, these are some ideas and techniques to steer clear of on the path to your next IT certification.

 

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