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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 22)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA beefs up its CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner certification, Microsoft spotlights a trio of certified trainers who are getting IT done, and more.

ISACA Adds Heft to CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner (CSX-P) Cert


ISACA has beefed up its CSX-P certification.Cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA is making its CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner (CSX-P) credential better. The new-ish certification, the capstone of a general purpose cybersecurity skills training program that ISACA launched in 2015, is intended to provide comprehensive verification of skills in five key areas of cybersecurity. With the newest update to CSX-P, unveiled last week, there is a fourfold increase, from 5 to 20, in the number of distinct cybersecurity tasks required to be completed by certification candidates. The CSX-P exam is also now available via remote proctoring, allowing exam candidates to participate from anywhere that they have a computer and an internet connection. ISACA's chief learning officer, Nader Qaimari, said in a statement to press that the revision acknowledges the growing complexity of the cybersecurity landscape. "In the midst of COVID-19, cyberthreats are on the rise and the workforce skills gap is only widening," Qaimari said. "Right now, companies and governments need practitioners who can actually demonstrate their skills on the job, not just memorize concepts."


CompTIA Has a Vision for Your IT Résumé


Most people don't particularly enjoy job-hunting. And writing or overhauling a résumé is probably one of the things that many job seekers enjoy least. There are résumé templates galore, of course, along with legions of article that offer advice. It really doesn't have to be torturous unless you let it be. A new post the blog of tech industry association CompTIA this week chimes in on the neverending discussion of what it takes to create an attractive résumé. Blogger Lauren McAdams addresses herself directly to IT pros, so there's an added level of applicability to the advice that you'll find here. There is, of course, some of the usual résumé rigamarole like a clarion call to describe your past work experience using "powerful action verbs." (Feel free to picture in your head the kind of verbs that would use Thor's hammer to fight Thanos.) It's still highly advisable, of course, to refer to one or more articles of this type when you're putting together a résumé. And given the uncertainty of the current employment marketplace, you may end up looking for advice of this type sooner than you're expecting to.


Become a Front-End Engineer


We tend to think of job titles like "web designer" and "web developer" when we envision the user-facing sector of the average website and, to be sure, people in those roles certainly play a part in creating the things that the average surfer clicks on or interfaces with. The real wizard behind your computer screen, however, is the "front-end engineer," a role that requires an interested individual to weave together quite a few different skills. There's an excellent article this week at, the official website of Certification Magazine, for anyone who's contemplating stepping into that role. This one is the latest installment in a long-running series of "job profile" articles. If you've ever wanted to "pop the hood" of the average website and find out what's inside, then this could be a career path worth investigating.


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