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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 29)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Microsoft has new ways for you to get certified, Certification Magazine speculates about the web-based future of certification exams, and more.

Microsoft Announces Trio of New Certifications


Microsoft is launching three new role-based certifications.After months of shuffling its certifications like a deck of playing cards, Mircosoft Learn is ... still busy shaking things up. Earlier this week the Microsoft certification braintrust announced that two certification exams are being shuffled off to retirement, and three new credentials have been been called up to the big leagues (so to speak). The slated-to-be-zotzed exams (Microsoft certs typically require the completion of mulitiple different exams) are MB-200 Microsoft Power Platform + Dynamics 365 Core and MB-400 Power Platform + Dynamics 365 Developer, both of which will remain available until the end of 2021 (it's a gradual retirement). In the meantime, three new role-based certifications have been added to the family: Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate, Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate, and Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate. Microsoft's role-based credentials are intended to align certified professionals with specific job roles in the wider IT industry. The post announcing the changes (linked above) contains more information about where you can expect to look for work after adding each of the new credentials to your certification porfolio.


CompTIA Wants to Help You Become a Field Service Technician


What does a field service technician do? Tech industry association CompTIA is glad you asked. In a new post to the CompTIA Blog, blogger Emiy Matzelle discusses the responsibilities and job parameters that a qualified field service technician can expect to encounter in the real world. A field service technician is a skilled professional like a plumber or a roofer, only specializing in computer hardware and software repair problems. A field service technician is on-call and typically spends most of her or his "office" hours working with clients at their places of business or in their homes. The job description rather neatly aligns with the skill set verified by CompTIA's A+ certification (which is probably not a coincidence), but even more to the point, many employers don't expect prospective field service technicians to have a college degree. Certification, as a verification of both needed and desired skills and a demonstration of commitment and the ability to follow through, is more than enough to convince many employers that a given candidate is just the person for the job.


ISACA Blogger Dissects Known Causes of Twitter Hack


Now that the dust has settled a bit from last week's stunning hack of high-profile Twitter accounts, there's been time for reports of how the hackers did (or may have done) their dirty work to filter down through the cybersecurity community. One of the individuals who's been watching from the sidelines shared some thoughts earlier this week on the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA. Raef Meeuwisse, author of the books Cybersecurity for Beginners and How to Hack a Human,  recaps the facts of the hack, an apparent Bitcoin snatching scheme aimed at gullible Twitter users, and explains how it was likely accomplished. The story is complicated, but engaging, and is probably essential reading for anyone interested in cybersecurity. The hack is still essentially a current event: A postscript update near the bottom of Meeuwisse's text notes additional facts and suppositions that have come to light this week.


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