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Certification Watch, Vol. 25, No. 18

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, (ISC)² is preparing to make changes to its CCSP certification exam, Dice knows which certs are golden for cybersecurity engineers, and more.

Summer of Change Looms for (ISC)²'s CCSP Certification


The CCSP credential is due for a refresh.Certified IT professionals whose cloud computing skills and knowledge overlap with their cybersecurity skills and knowledge have one foot squarely planted in each of two red-hot IT hiring sectors. That probably at least partially explains the ongoing popularity of the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential curated by cybersecurity professional association (ISC)². And like most cutting-edge credentials, CCSP is subject to a regular update cycle. Which is why a new CCSP certification exam will arrive later this year on Aug. 1. In particular, the weighting of two domains will change, with Cloud Data Security swelling from 19 percent to 20 percent, while Cloud Security Operations will shrink from 17 percent to 16 percent. The CCSP exam will also be made available in four new languages — Chinese, German, Korean, and Spanish — expanding from just English and Japanese.


Certification Magazine Upgrades Web Presence, the official website of Certification Magazine, has turned over a new leaf. The CertMag team announced through various channels this week (including the official Certification Magazine newsletter) that the website had moved to a new CMS, as well as upgrading its security profile. There's not much to see on the front end, as has maintained its, er, companionably basic design and visual charm. The new site will reportedly provide a better overall user experience, however, and we're always happy to see a fellow champion of IT certification get some love from any direction.


Cooped Up by COVID? Get Certified


What did you do while the most stringent COVID-19 work and travel restrictions were in place? Up in Canada, an academic reseracher who had spent years studying brain cancer embarked on an entirely new career path by earning four IT certifications in just four months. Rola Dali tells her remarkable story in a new post to the AWS Training and Certification Blog. Amazon Web Services is at the forefront of the exploding market for cloud computing services and tools, and Dali's decision to professionally reinvent herself included the following four credentials: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Certified Developer - Associate, AWS Certified Data Analytics - Specialty, and AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty. Though her plan of action was bold, Dali didn't just jump in without any degree trepidation: "After about 15 years on the academic side, I was really curious about life on the industry side of the fence. I wanted to know how development cycles differed. I was excited to see what else was out there," Dali explained to the AWS Training and Certification blog. "But at first, I was also really scared." Her story is still unfolding, but Dali's certification prowess smoothed the path to an exciting change of pace and a fresh perspective. "What I’ve learned is that industry and academia complement each other," she said. "There’s quite a bit of cross-pollination — and nothing to be scared of!"


Cybersecurity Engineers Should Earn These Certifications


What are the top certs for cybersecurity engineers?Cybersecurity engineers are in high demand — like just about everyone else in the professional cybersecurity sector — but that doesn't mean that skills and knowledge are all you need. The right cybersecurity certification can add luster to your professional profile and boost your earning power. A new post to the Insights blog of IT employment facilitator Dice rattles off a list of key cybersecurity certifications that can prime your portfolio. According to Dice, key credentials for cybersecurity engineers include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) cert managed by (ISC); as well as two ISACA certs, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM); and the GIAC family of cyberesecurity credentials managed by the SANS Institute. Skills and knowledge are essential to success in any IT career, but the right certification can have a strong impact as well.


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