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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 43

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Training Industry announces its top IT Training companies for 2021, (ISC)² releases findings from its Cybersecurity Workforce Study, and more.

Training Industry Rounds Up Top IT Training Companies


Training Industry has released its list of the Top 20 IT training companies.Training Industry touts itself as being "the most trusted source of information on the business of learning." One of the benefits of having worked to build up that kind of reputation is that people tend to take notice when you make lists. This week, Training Industry released it annual list of the top IT training companies. The companies considered for the list were rated on a number of fronts, including breadth and quality of IT training content and courses, leadership and innovation in IT training, and company size and growth potential. As noted on its website Training Industry is constantly on the watch for IT training innovation and excellence: "We continuously monitor the training marketplace looking for the best providers of IT training that offer a breadth of courses and content." The list is not ranked. Among those companies that made the grade are Skillsoft, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Learning Tree International, O'Reilly, Pluralsight, Simplilearn, and Dell Technologies.


ISACA Blogger Offers Certificaiton Exam Advice


All advice is not created equal. But advice from someone who has accomplished the thing that they want offer advice about has a leg up on other advice. Such is the case with a new post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA that offers advice about how to pass ISACA certification exams. Guest blogger Sunil Bakshi holds the following ISACA credentials: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE). That's some serious certification firepower, so it's probably safe to say that Bakshi's advice about passing ISACA certification exams holds some water. If there's an ISACA exam in your future, then it's probably worth your time to click over and see what he has to say.


Should You Get a College Degree or an IT Certification?


Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is a high, ahem, "degree" of insecurity across the IT certification industry regarding whether certification exams are comparable to academic degrees in terms of job readiness and acquiring and retaining IT skills. The topic comes up all the time, generally in the context of illustrating this or that advantage of certification that makes it equally as valid as, if not better than, academic degrees. The latest manifestation of this particular brand of IT certification rah-rah popped up this week over at the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA. If you're new to the conversation, or just want to get a hit of certification validation, then you'll likely benefit from dropping a click on CompTIA.


The Role of IT in Addressing Climate Change


Can the IT industry literally save the world? With world leaders set to appear at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, next week, the British Computer Society has some information about what the IT industry can do to play a part in limiting the real-world effects of climate change. BCS officials have recently done some canvassing to determine what level of responsibility the IT community has to assist with climate change mitigation, and where the biggest differences can be made. At the top of the BCS poll's list is the importance of recycling and reusing electronic devices. Devices that have reached the end of what one user might deem their usable lifecycle can often still be used to benefit different users, for example, and components from old devices can often be reused.


(ISC)² Releases Data from 2021 Cybersecurity Workforce Study


The cybersecurity hiring gap is shrinking.Each year, cybersecurity professional association (ISC)² works with cybersecurity professionals and others to evaluate the worldwide cybersecurity workforce. The results of the most recent study are newly available. Among the top findings are that the well-documented cybersecurity hiring gap is shrinking. After clocking in at 3.12 million for 2020, this year the number of unfilled professional cybersecurity job openings is down to 2.72 million. One big factor in the shrinkage, which continues a two-year trend, is apparently a spike in the supply of available cybersecurity professionals. Over the past 12 months, approximately 700,000 new professionals joined the workforce. Additional insights from the study are available online.


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