Dictionary Daze: CompTIA Defines Security Terms
There are a lot of words drifting along various currents in the sea of information technology (IT) that are nebulously defined at best. Sometimes it's because many people simply aren't well versed in the technology being described – no, you tell me what "containerization" is – and sometimes it's because the same term means slightly different things to people in different branches of IT. We could probably get four or five differentiated tech pros to give us four or five different shades of the precise technical definition of "agile." Sometimes we use three or four different terms interchangeably to mean more or less the same thing: That's the contention of CompTIA chief technology evangelist James Stanger in a new post this week to CompTIA's IT Career News blog. Stanger hears us all saying "cybersecurity," "information security," and "IT security" to mean essentially the same thing and he's like, "Yeah, OK, you're not wrong, but ... " The overarching convention for many, Stanger says, is that the correctly all-encompassing term is "IT security." Following that rule, "cybersecurity" refers to the protection of electronic assets, whereas "information security" refers to the protection of data and its derived information. (Rarely confused with the other three is the term "physical security," which refers to locked doors, proper lighting, and so forth.) It's worth reading through his piece just to understand what the various not-universally-agreed-upon terminologies are.
Cisco Podcast Digs Into Recently Announced Certification Changes
Speaking of people patiently explaining slightly confusing things to the rest of us, a new episode of The Cisco Learning Network Podcast zeroes in on the big announcement from last week that Cisco is preparing to launch a somewhat radical overhaul of its popular certification program. The most sweeping change is to the associate tier of the Cisco certification pyramid, which is essentially being collapsed back into a single credential, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), following a sort of reverse "big bang" pattern. There are a number of other modifications and refinements, and Cisco executive Yusuf Bhaiji, senior manager of Cisco's global certifications team, tackles them all over the course of a sprawling three-part podcast. If you've only got time for one of the three parts, then you should probably tune in for Part 1, which gives a bird's-eye view of everything that was announced.
Learn to Code and Secure a Bright Future for Yourself
Like father, like son: Coming out of last weekend's Father's Day holiday, Oracle Certification went toe-to-toe with a talented teen who is using Java to code a bright future for himself. Andy Nilson, a 14-year-old computer programming whiz kid from Mountain View, Calif., is following in the footsteps of his father (who runs a prominent Java user group) and brushing up his coding skills. Andy is using his knowledge of Java to rig everything from robots to Minecraft mods, and is having so much fun that he's already planning for a career in software engineering. The Oracle Certification team sat down with Andy to get the scoop about his adventures in programming, and their interview is a fun read for anyone with an interest in Java or Java certification.
What is a "Full Stack" Developer?
So we began this week's Certification Watch noting the preponderance of jargon in the IT realm. Here's another example: Even people who only just nibble around the edges of IT may have picked up on the occasional reference to "full stack" development, in particular because "full stack" developers have come to be regarded in recent years as being highly employable wizard ninjas of ... well, what exactly? A new article at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine, says that a good full stack developer basically has direct experience with, or broad knowledge of, more or less everything in the software development realm. Tech-splicator Nathan Kimpel says that full stack development skills used to be widely respected, then fell out of favor somewhat as software developers began to be highly specialized experts with deep knowledge of a particular niche. Now, it would seem, we've come full circle, and the full stack skill set is once more in vogue, particularly when it comes to having a single individual manage a large-scale development project.
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