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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 31

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, women are — briefly — everywhere you look, Certification Magazine ponders the ongoing and possibly unwinnable war between hackers and everyone else, and more.

New CompTIA 'How She Does IT' Profile


Women it in IT may be scarce, but they are playing an increasingly large role.There are plenty of women who have information technology (IT) jobs, but it's often hard to see that when you adopt a typical bird's-eye perspective. On a big picture scale, the presence of women in the IT workforce is almost vanishingly small. Many companies and organizations are attempting mightily to diversify that outlook, but such well-meaning efforts take time to bear fruit. So it's always refreshing to get colorful and insightful information about women who are already blazing a trail in IT, regardless of whether (or how soon) anyone else may follow. Senior systems engineer Lalitha Ande, who lives and works in the United Kingdom, is the focus of a new profile posted to the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA this week, as part of the "How She Does IT" series. Blogger Matthew Stern starts at the very beginning, tracing Ande's journey from childhood in India's Andra Pradesh state, up through her university education and into the string of IT jobs that led eventually to Cubic Transportation Systems, a California-based transportation technology company with offices in North America, Europe, India, and Australia. Though her presence there has been disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, Ante enjoys visiting STEM school classrooms to encourage children (including girls) to take an active interest in technology careers.


ISACA Now: 'Boss Mom' Discusses Work-Home Balance


Speaking of women in IT, a new post this week to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA has advice for women who have IT jobs and are trying to raise families at the same time. Guest blogger Avani Desai, president of Florida-based IT audit firm Schellman and Company, is both a mom and an IT executive, and she has words of wisdom to impart to other working moms who may be struggling to keep all of the balls in the air. A lot of Desai's advice relates to how working women treat themselves, which is often rooted in long-lived cultural perspectives that are both sexist and outdated. The story that you tell yourself about who you are what you're capable of matters, Desai writes — and really, that's good advice for women and men alike. It's more rare than it should be for women in IT to find encouragement from other women in IT, so this post is worthy of being amplified and shared far and wide.


Newly Certified Infrastructure Engineer Shares Her Certification Story


What a week for women in the IT workforce who are looking around and wondering where their role models are. The Microsoft Learn Blog has been taking time over a number of weeks to celebrate individuals who participate in its #ProudToBeCertified campaign. The latest IT professional to step forward and share her journey is Bidemi Muibudeen, an infrastructure engineer from Nigeria. The post that features Muibudeen — written by senior product marketing manager Karina Ung, speaking of women in IT — includes a two-minute video, so you can hear her talk about her own story. After working in sales up until last year, Muibudeen completely reinvented her career by pursuing and earning a series of Microsoft certifications. Her lightning-fast career makeover was warmly assisted by other members of the Microsoft certification community; as Muibudeen puts it, "People are always willing and ready to help with whatever topic you have issues with."


The Cybersecurity War is Raging Out of Control ... Or Is It?


Who is winning the war between hackers and everyone else?Our last stop this week is an article from the April issue of Certification Magazine that finally made its way over to, the magazine's official website. It's not at all uncommon to frame the ongoing conflict between hackers and the businesses, organizations, and individuals they victimize as a large-scale conflagration with front lines, enemy tactics, casualties, and all of the usual trappings associated with war. If all of us are, on some level, involved in a war, however, then who's winning? And what is the long-term outlook? IT educator Emmett Dulaney asks a lot of interesting questions over the course of the article. Whether you're a direct combatant in the fight against cybercrime, or more likely to be swept up in a wave of collateral damage, it's interesting to reflect on where all of this is headed, and why it never seems to end.


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