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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 42)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Certification Magazine lists the average salary of certified IT pros in U.S. states, CBT Nuggets supports social justice in IT education, and more.

How Much Do Certified IT Workers Earn in Your U.S. State?


How much do tech workers earn in your neck of the woods?Earning power is typically a topic of interest among certified IT professionals, and there are any number of factors that play into establishing what your certified skills are worth. Depth of experience, breadth of knowledge, time served with a particular employer — these are just a few of the considerations in play. What about where you live (and mostly likely are employed)? The team at Certification Magazine posted a key finding from their 2020 Salary Survey last week, compiling a ranked list of the salaries that survey respondents earn in different U.S. states. It's interesting to note some real-world correlations just among the first five states listed. Maryland ($133,520) and Virginia ($121,150) rank first and second, which probably reflects the high concentration of government and government-affiliated IT jobs clustered around the nation's capital. No. 3 California ($117,670) and No. 5 Washington ($111,350) are states with established IT industries, and No. 4 New York ($112,300) is a major international economic hub. Location may not be the deciding factor in determining the course of your career, but lists like this can at least give you an indication of where you can expect to find top-paying jobs.


Does Your Company Have a Culture of Cybersecurity?


It being that October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, there's a great deal of discussion in IT and IT-adjacent corners of the internet about the importance of cybersecurity. To a large extent, the cybersecurity effectiveness and preparedness of any organization or institution is only as good as the people who are part of that group. The importance of helping people to develop and adhere to a cybersecurity-conscious mindset is sometimes overlooked when addressing the importance of heightened cybersecurity practices and preparations. That's the topic of a new post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA: Why should organizations and institutions want to have a "culture of cybersecurity," and what does it take to build that up? For example, guest blogger Paul Frenken notes that 90 percent of cyberattacks can be traced to a phishing e-mail. Most people think they know how to spot and sidestep fishing attacks, yet research indicates that 30 percent of all phishing e-mails are opened, and 12 percent of phishing links are clicked. Clearly, there's room for everyone to improve.


Dice: Hot Cybersecurity Skills for 2021


Believe it or not, the year 2021 is in sight. (Take heart ... sort of ... everyone who is thoroughly exasperated with 2020.) One of the things that happens as we get close to turning the December page on the calendar is that people start to makes lists of things that will be desirable or things to watch for in the coming year. (We do a fair amount of that ourselves.) This week, employment facilitator Dice is leading the charge to 2021 with a list of cybersecurity job skills that will be reflected in every employer's hiring priorities next year. Interestingly, unlike a lot of similar articles, this one doesn't actually list hot skills so much as say what kind of temperament employers are seeking. And one thing that many will be looking for, perhaps not surprisingly, is employees who can thrive in a remote work environment. Soft skills, as always, are also expected to be in demand.


CBT Nuggets Promotes Social Justice in IT Learning


CBT Nuggets wants to promote the common good.We'll close out this week's report with a tip of the hat to IT education and training provider CBT Nuggets. As announced this week on its official blog, CBT Nuggets is embarking on a new commitment to promote "equal access to social, political, and economic rights — as well as opportunities." The company will take action through its NuggetLove charitable division to funnel cash to organizations that seek to put all individuals on equal footing in their pursuit of "wealth, opportunities, and privileges everywhere." That sounds like an idea that everyone can (and should) get behind.


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