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Certification Watch (Vol. 23, No. 43)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA is offering a new certificate to help IT professionals learn the basics of risk, CBT Nuggets ranks the seven best states for IT technician jobs, and more.

ISACA Offers New IT Risk Fundamentals Certificate


ISACA has a new certification that teaches about IT risk.According to Wikipedia, IT risk is defined as being "the potential that a given threat will exploit vulnerabilities of an asset or group of assets and thereby cause harm to the organization. It is measured in terms of a combination of the probability of occurrence of an event and its consequence." All organizations in the modern business, government, and societal landscapes must periodically evaluate IT risk, and the smart ones probably have someone whose job is to 24/7 monitor and mitigate IT risk. Now there's a new tool to help non-specialists learn the basics of IT risk, or even start down the path to becoming an IT risk expert. Cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA announced the launch this week of a new IT Risk Fundamentals Certificate. Though it won't carry the weight of a full certification, the new credential does require anyone who wants it to clear a fairly high bar. The remoted-proctored exam, which can be taken from the comfort of your home or workplace, has 75 questions that cover a range of topics including the following: risk terminology and types of risk; risk-related business functions; risk management process; governance and management of risk; identifying risk; assessing and analyzing risk; responding to risk; monitoring, reporting, and communicating risk. The new exam is available immediately.


Microsoft Discusses Its Culture of Learning


Microsoft has been among the leaders in the global IT certification community for essentially as long as that community has existed. Across the extensive timeline of that journey, Microsoft has also been flexible and creative, willing to disrupt its certification model and evolve with the times on numerous occasions. That willingness to change and investigate possible better approaches is apparently an ingrained element of the corporate culture at Microsoft. A new post to the Microsoft Learn Blog by Alex Payne, general manager of worldwide learning at Microsoft, discusses the longstanding commitment to continued learning that is a cornerstone of both the Microsoft certification program and the company at large. IT is a field that required continual attention to new knowledge, so this is a great place for a certification program to plant its flag.


Red Hat Launches Fedora 33


For the second and final time in 2020, Red Hat has launched a new version of Fedora, the company's non-commercial Linux distribution (famously declared to be, at one point, the preferred Linux of Linux creator Linus Torvalds, though it's been a number of years since he stated that preference). Red Hat, which is owned by IBM, largely makes its bones off of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the distro that the company recommends for business-grade use and that it monetizes through direct support. Fedora has a large and loyal following, however, and Red Hat has released a new version two times per year every year since 2015. Fedora's various new versions used to have colorful code names like Beefy Miracle (version 17) and Spherical Cow (version 18), a practice that was discontinued in 2013 following the release of version 20 (Heisenbug). Fedora 33 will reign supreme until April 20, the scheduled release date for Fedora 34.


CBT Nuggets: Look for Tech Support Jobs in These U.S. States


There are seven states that are havens for tech support jobs.A cool thing that they do at IT training provider CBT Nuggets is track IT employment openings across the United States. This service, in turn, leads to articles like the one posted earlier this week to the CBT Nuggets Blog, where blogger Josh Burnett discusses which seven U.S. states offer the most fertile ground for employment seekers who want to find IT help desk jobs. To wit, the seven states are (in order) Massachusetts, Tennessee, Utah, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota. Discussing No. 3 Utah, for example, Burnett says that the boom in Utah's overall tech community has driven employment, adding that "Technical support jobs made up the largest single employment category in the Utah area(.)" If you're looking to launch a career in IT, tech support is a great place to start. And one of these seven states could be the place where you're ascent to the summit of IT employment begins.


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