Certification Watch Volume 14 #6
- Published June 01, 2011
- By Anne Martinez
IT certification news regarding a new Security+ exam from CompTIA, retirement of Oracle Open Office exams, certifications for secure web application developement and VMWare desktop virtualization, and exam registration changes for Java, Solaris, and MySQL exams.
New CompTIA Security+ Exam Includes Major Updates
An updated exam for CompTIA's Security+ certification reached testing centers last week (only the English version so far). The new exam (SY0-301) incorporates major changes. The 2008 Security+ exam (SY0-201) will remain available through the end of 2011. We've scoped out the differences in an article so you can quickly learn what's new.
Open Office Certifications - Gone
Oracle retired the certifications tied to Open Office as of May 31, 2011. The exams related to Open Office certifications are now listed as discontinued, and other information about them has been removed from Oracle's website. The Open Office end-user certification program came to Oracle with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010. In April 2011, Oracle discontinued commercial development of Open Office (press release), following a fork in the project which created a vendor-neutral alternative, LibreOffice.
New Web Application Security Cert from SANS
Developers who write and manage web-based applications can now credential their ability to do so in a secure manner. The GIAC Certified Web Application Defender (GWEB) credential covers the ins and outs of recognizing, preventing, and mitigating security risks related to web-based applications. There is one required exam that costs $899, less if you take associated training from the SANS Institute. More details and links available on GoCeritfy's GWEB certification page.
Registration for Java, Solaris, MySQL, NetBeans Exams Moved to VUE
Exams related to the certification programs acquired by Oracle in recent months have now made the move from the Prometric testing network to Oracle's testing provider, Pearson VUE. Going forward, all registrations for these exams will be via Pearson VUE. Purchase and submission of the programming assignment and written essay portions of the OCM - Java SE 6 Developer and OCM - Java EE Enterprise Architect requirements will also be through Pearson VUE going forward.
Second VMware Desktop Virtualization Exam Open for Registration
The exam for VMware Certified Professional 4 - Desktop (VCP4-DT) is now open for registration. This is the second-tier in the VMware Desktop certification program. Candidates must have already passed the associate level of the desktop certification program plus hold the base VCP credential before registering for this exam. A $50 discount is available to those who register before Sept 1, 2011.