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Certification Watch (Vol. 17, No. 30)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification industry happenings, we bring you news about improving your problem management, unmasking the visage(s) behind the generally faceless wave of cybercrime, and more.

BCS Promotes Better Problem Management with New Handbook

 

Paper airplane problem solverA couple of weeks back, the British Computer Society cranked out a handbook for risk management professionals to guide CTOs and other tech personnel in improving their organizations' approach to risk factors. Now the BCS is again taking a stab at promoting IT best practices with its issuance of a new handbook that tackles the thorny topic of problem management. Problem management is all about identifying and isolating the sticky wickets in your processes and infrastructure and then devising and implementing a perfect fix. One of the book's suggestions is maintaining focus on a problem until you have identified its causes and put a solution in place. The handbook's author, 25-year IT manager Michael G. Hall, also suggests that external experts brought in to help address a problem have a background in problem management. The new handbook was officially released earlier today and is available online for U.S. $35.24.

 

Oracle Certification Offers Discounted Exam, OCA-to-OCP Upgrade

 

It's important in certification to save money where you can. Exams and recertification fees can be expensive, so it literally pays (in the sense of keeping your money in your wallet) to watch for discounts. Oracle Certified Associates who are looking to upgrade an old Oracle Database Administrator credential can save big right now by taking advantage of upgrade exams that are still in beta. The discounted exams, 1Z1-067 and 1Z1-034 are available at the rock-bottom rate of just $50. Oracle recently inspired fierce debate by revising its recertification policy, so if you're just catching up to that news and you'd like to stay current with your certs, then this could be a timely opportunity indeed.

 

Staying inside the Oracle Certification bailiwick for a moment, Oracle is now offering its first professional certification for WebLogic Server, an Oracle Certified Professional credential. The new certification helps candidates gain advanced system administration skills and imparts fluency in WebLogic Server administration. The new exam, 1Z1-134, is currently in beta, so there's a nice fat discount available to early-bird certification candidates: The exam is just $50. Certify now and save!

 

Cisco Promotes Coding Challenge, Salutes Engaged Learners

 

We're also double-dipping at Cisco Learning Network this week, where the Learning News blog is highlighting a global coding contest. Registration is still open to enter the Cisco Data Virtualization Challenge, but you can only sign up to participate until Monday, so don't let that post-Thanksgiving turkey coma set in until you've checked out the full details. The CDVC invites contestants to create a user interface that enables intuitive querying of different data types across multiple sources. Prize money is at stake, with a first-place pot of $1,200 on the line, so your software solutions savvy will be tangibly rewarded if you can best the other participants.

 

In other news of Cisco Learning Network, the Learning News blog has a cool piece spotlighting a trio of Learning Network community members. The three Community Spotlight Recipients are profiled and commended for their ongoing investment and involvement in the CLN community. Each of the three profilees has some interesting tidbits to share, so if you enjoy reading success stories of people in IT, then it's worth a visit.

 

Have You Seen These Wanted Cybercriminals?

 

Cybercrime is everywhere. That is to say, both the criminal acts perpetrated by hackers and other cybersneaks, as well as the hand-wringing concern and ceaseless media coverage of the ever-escalating cybercrimewave, are with us constantly. So much so, in fact, that it's not too hard to lose sight of the fact that actual people are involved, as opposed to cybercrime originating more or less out of the blue(screen of death) like a malevolent ghost in the machine. That's why the literal rogue's gallery of the FBI's 10 most wanted cybercriminals posted Nov. 18 at CNNMoney is cool and interesting. We may already have known that people are at the root of cybercrime, but it's fascinating to see some of their names and faces. It's potentially lucrative, too: You could bank a cool $1 million for providing information leading to the arrest of Romanian hacker Nicolae Popescu, for example. The other bounties offered are much smaller, and there's not a price on the head of everyone on the list. Still, it's an interesting walk on the IT wild side.

 

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