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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 28)

In this week's roundup of the lastest IT certification news, another IT association shifts a physical conference to the internet, a CompTIA bloggers heralds the benefits of online certification exams, and more.

ISACA Conference Follows Online Migration Trend


Online conferences are all the rage in 2020.The COVID-19 pandemic continues to push events and gatherings to the relative safety of the internet. Cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA is the latest to announce a virtual event, with the upcoming 2020 Governance, Risk and Control (GRC) Conference to be held online Aug. 17-19. The annual gathering, jointly hosted by ISACA and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), offeres the usual blend of panel discussions, workshops, and presentations, with continuing professional education (CPE) credits available to ISACA-certified attendees. The keynote address is being given by done-it-all motivational speaker Caspar Berry, a U.K. native and University of Cambridge graduate whose professional background includes everything from screenwriter and sports commentator to actor and professional poker player. Berry's address is titles "Risk Taking and Decision Making in this New Age of Uncertainty," because let's face it, if playing poker isn't an exercise in risk management, then what is? Organizers anticipate attendance in excess of 400 individuals, with more than 25 countries respresented. Registration to attend the conference is available online.


EC-Council: It's a Great Time to Work in Cybersecurity


There's a steady (and steadily increasing) demand in the world for skilled and trained cybersecurity professionals. Hackers are all over the place, as evidenced by the brazen hack of high-profile Twitter accounts just this week, and every organization, business, and government is anxious to increase the security of everything from data (both public and private) to every kind of online transaction. This is a great time, in other words to be either preparing for, or actively seeking, full-time employment as a cybersecurity professional. There's a timely blog post then, offering friendly advice (with factual support) to that effect, over at the EC-Council Blog. The blog post cites top-paying cybersecurity jobs (all but one of the 10 highest-compensated postings for IT security personnel at job search site Indeed offer six-figure salaries) and high availability of open positions (there are more than 3 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide) among other enticing factors. EC-Council is also sponsoring a series of free webinars aimed at working professionals considering a transition to the cybersecurity field. If you've been pondering such a leap, then the time may indeed be right.


Make Yourself More Agile


Agile development has been a trend in software since the 1990s, but interest in IT professionals with strong knowledge of agile methodologies remains high. Tech employment website Dice reported in April that agile job growth is projected at 7.3 percent over the next 10 years, and that agile project managers earn a six-figure median salary. That makes the timing of a new article about training and certification for those interested in heading down an agile career path particularly apropos. The post appeared at, the official website of Certification Magazine, and discusses a variety of certifications and educational resources appropriate for those interested in agile development.


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