ISACA Survey Reveals What (Men Think) Women Want
Who knows what women want? Men do, apparently. Or rather, men apparently think they know what women want. (Worldwide response from women: So what else is new?) Cybersecurity and governance association ISACA recently surveyed more than 3,500 professionals involved in IT governance, risk, assurance, and security. Among its other findings, the Tech Workforce 2020: The Age and Gender Perception Gap report reveals that 32 percent of men surveyed think that women find technology employment less appealing than work in other industries. What do women think is the biggest reason for the well-documented underrepresentation of women in IT professions? ISACA says more than half of the women (56 percent) who responded to its survey think the overall lack of women in tech is a self-perpetuating problem: the lack of female tech role models prevents females from seeking tech jobs. ISACA has compiled its full findings online and conducted a special presentation of information from the survey to U.S. government officials in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.
CompTIA Mixes Project Management and Cybersecurity
In there a peanut-butter-and-chocolate-style synergistic relationship between project management and cybersecurity? In a brand new post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA, blogger Jessica Frank suggests that there is a growing demand for professionals who have both project management acumen and strong cybersecurity skills. Frank cites a Buning Glass Technologies survey which recently revealed that understanding of project management is a top five ask from employers who are looking to hire cybersecurity professionals. Frank goes on to illustrate the point by providing details about eight cybersecurity jobs where having a strong knowledge of project management would be an asset. Penetration testers, for example, are expected to proceed through numerous steps as they work, and produce detailed reports of their findings. Both thorough reporting and administering a series of tasks are skills that could be improved through project management training. CompTIA has a certification that teaches project management principles (Project+), as well as several well known cybersecurity credentials.
There's Still Plenty of Time To Take the CertMag Salary Survey
So have you been thinking that there's not still time to take the Certification Magazine Salary Survey? Because there's totally still time to take the Certification Magazine Salary Survey. You can take it all the way until the end of November, actually. And this week, the CertMag team issued a tongue-in-cheek David Letterman-style reminder that there are lots of good reasons to join the throng of IT professionals who have already contributed to the 2020 Salary Survey. Some of those reasons, of course, are tangible practical incentives like a $50 Amazon gift card. There are 15 of those up for grabs, to be distributed at random among all survey participants. If you've been hesitant to participate up 'til now, well, maybe you'll get lucky. Who couldn't use a boost to their shopping budget just in time for Christmas?
Help Red Hat Identify the Next Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year
Here's a sure sign that we're suddenly inching within sight of the close of the calendar year. It's time to start zeroing in on nominations for annual awards. One such annual recognition is that bestowed on the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. Red Hat announced the beginning of its annual nomination period at the end of last week. The RHCP "recognizes the hard work, expertise and ingenuity of a current Red Hat Certified Professional." Does that sound like someone you know? Does it sound like someone you are? (Self-nomination is permitted.) Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 2 at midnight. Randy Russell, director of certification for Red Hat, said in a release announcing the award that successful professionals who hold Red Hat certifications make their organizations more efficient and effective. "The RHCP of the Year Award gives us an opportunity to promote the efforts of an IT professional who has demonstrated the use of open source technology and culture, generated value and helped transform their organization while honoring the Red Hat certified community," Russell said. The winner of the award will be announced the 2020 Red Hat Summit in San Francisco.
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